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1. Which modern proverb sums up your philosophy of money management?
- a penny saved is a penny earned
- don’t be penny wise and pound foolish
- you can’t take it with you
- eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die(t)
- he who dies with the most toys win
- other: ______________________
2. What is one of the smarter things you have done with your money? What is one of the more foolish things?
3. What proverbs do you see in this chapter that develop the theme of generosity? Taken together, how do they shape Solomon’s view of giving?
- generosity pays
- money misers are miserable
- neither a borrower, nor a lender be
- I got mine the good old-fashioned way – I earned it
- God helps him who helps himself
4. What is the end result of those who trust in their wealth (verses 4, 7, 28)? Who benefits from the prosperity of the righteous (verses 10, 11, 17, 24, 25)?
5. What’s wrong with using your prosperity to alleviate someone else’s debts (verse 15; see also Proverbs 6:1; Proverbs 22:26, 27)? How does the story of Joseph and his brothers illustrate both aspects of this truth?
6. What proverbs do you see here that develop the theme of honesty? Taken together, how do they shape Solomon’s view of honesty?
- scales never lie, even if people do
- honest hurts, but it’s the best policy
- honest does not always pay, but it’s still worth it
- it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you have integrity
- the heart is exceedingly corrupt
7. What is the end of those who betray truth (verses 3, 6, 11, 19, 21, 31)? How can one be sure the wicked will get their due?
8. How does Solomon’s view of riches and stewardship compare with Jesus’ view (what we are unwilling to part with will keep us from the kingdom of God)? And with Paul’s view (a generous sower will reap likewise)?
9. How satisfied are you with the way you handle money? Of the many proverbs here dealing with money matters, pick one to apply: How might its wisdom bring about the change you (and God) desire with respect to money matters?
10. What do you learn in this chapter about admitting your mistakes (verse 2)? About keeping secrets (verse 13)? Seeking guidance (verse 14)? Seeking “good” (verses 23, 27)? Pig-like behavior (verse 22)?
11. What does it mean to “win souls” (verse 30): Winning pagans to Jesus? Getting fools to adopt the ways of the wise and righteous? Or what? How are you attempting to do this? What must you do to win more?
12. How might verse 4 be construed as a “life insurance policy”? What kind of “life” is in view here? How does one receive “righteousness” and thus be delivered from “death” (see John 5:24)?