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1. Judging by the people you spent time with last month, what kind of company do you keep? By contrast, who did you used to hang around with?
2. (Parents) If you could pick friends for you children, who would you pick and why? (Children) How does your choice of friends vary from your parents’ choice? Why?
3. What does this chapter sound like to you?
- sweet pillow talk
- tough parent-child talk
- teacher-parent-student talk
- grandfather-teenager talk
- smooth life insurance talk
4. What recurring themes do you see in this chapter? Which proverbs pick up themes from earlier chapters?
5. On the riches/poverty theme (see verses 7, 8, 11, 18, 21, 22, 23), what point of contrast does each verse make? Why do rich and poor alike pretend to be what they are not (verse 7)?
6. In the face of robbers, blackmail and big fiscal commitments, what edge do the poor have over the rich (verse 8)? In terms of the best justice money can buy, how is that advantage reversed (verse 23)?
7. What happens to the “get-rich quick” scheme or the unjust person (verse 11)? What profit do diligence and discipline bring (verse 4, 11, 18)?
8. Proverbs stresses the general rule that righteous living leads to prosperity. What Bible book is concerned with the exceptions to that rule? What exceptions are noteworthy?
9. Discipline links the material and spiritual aspects of prosperity and poverty. How is that evident in verses 4, 13, 18, 25?
10. How many “sluggards” (verse 4) or “wicked stomachs” (verse 25) do you see go hungry? What kind of hunger is Solomon referring to? What does “prospering” mean in this chapter? What results do “scorning” and “respecting” godly and wise instruction each bring (verse 13)?
11. How does the company you keep (verse 20) affect you? Why?
12. What is your “hope deferred” or “longing fulfilled” (verse 12 – 19)? What comfort do you find as you wait for Jesus to fulfill that hope?
13. What do you believe about leaving large inheritances to your children or grandchildren?
- let them earn it the hard way
- spend it all on your retirement
- leave as much as possible for others
- giving money creates more problems than it solves
14. How would your view on large inheritances differ if you were the recipient?
15. Envision you are a talk-show host discussing spanking children with a three-generation panel. It includes someone who is 60-years-old, someone who is 40-years-old and someone who is 20-years-old. How does each of them react to Proverbs 13:24?