Proverbs; Short and Sweet

We often equate the length of writing with its quality. If someone writes a thirty page paper it must be more scholarly than a fifteen page paper. Right?

Well, not always. Length shouldn’t account for everything. Especially when we consider that some authors have been paid by the word.

Even if we know that is true, we can still be influenced by the notion that longer is better. This really gets in the way of appreciating a book like Proverbs. It is too easy to breeze through the quick sayings of Proverbs, missing the depth of the words.

Take this from Proverbs 3 as an example:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

How long does it take to read that? How long ought it to take to take this in and reflect upon it?

So instead of missing out because we move too fast, take the time to reflect on these sayings. Sometimes lengthy writing just masks an inability to communicate clearly. Let’s then be thankful for the concise and powerful words of Proverbs.

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