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1. What is your favorite animal? Why?
2. Who is the person you most admire? What is it about their personality that you admire?
3. How would you describe the “intensity” of this passage: fireside chat? fiery sermon? political filibuster? ad for a TV melodrama? or what?
4. What is Solomon’s point here? How well does he present it? How effective are his figures of speech?
5. If Solomon was writing for a modern audience, would he have to change anything? If so, what? Why?
6. From verses 1 – 5 (and Psalms 15:4b), what are the dangers of co-signing a loan? Why?
7. From verses 6 – 11, why work? Why use an ant to make this point?
8. What is the end of the scoundrel and villain (verses 12ff)? Is this a natural consequence? Or the judgment of God? Why do you think so?
9. In reference to Question #6, when have you pledged yourself to something you later regretted? How does humility (verse 3) work to get you out of difficult situations?
10. What does sluggard-like and ant-like behavior look like in your friends? in yourself? In what one way can you be more like the ant this week?
11. If all your material needs were met without having to work, would you still work? Why (or why not)?
12. Where have you seen the character described in verses 12 – 14? In a TV melodrama? In church? At work? In the mirror? How do you deal with villain within you? Likewise, the villain within the fellowship of your church?
13. Solomon gives a checklist (verses 16 – 19) to evaluate our relationship to the Lord. How do you measure up? How would your closest friends rate you? How can your small group help you improve in one of these areas?