“As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.”
One of the benefits that come from reading the Book of Proverbs is that it tells you about different types of people who you don’t want to be like. In this chapter, God gathers all the people He talks about in this book to show the believer who they should avoid. Each person is akin to the other, but each person is different in action. Let me share with you the five people God wants you to avoid.
The first person you need to avoid is the foolish man. A fool is one who acts without reason. God points out in this chapter that the fool will hurt you. In the first twelve verses, God shows what a fool does. A fool keeps you from honor. A fool brings a curse upon you. A fool causes punishment. A fool makes you sound like a fool. A fool makes you look conceited. A fool damages your cause. A fool distorts your message. A fool causes hurt to honorable people. A fool is like an infectious disease. A fool leads you into sin. A fool continues to do the same thing again because they have no common sense. A fool steals hope from your cause. Simply put; the fool lives life for having fun today without regard to tomorrow’s consequences. Avoid this type of person if you want to avoid hurting your life.
The second person to avoid is the slothful man. The slothful man always puts off until tomorrow. The slothful man keeps his hand from doing something today because it is too hard. The slothful man won’t do anything that might inconvenience them. The slothful man moves in slow motion as if there is no urgency to the task. If you want to keep injurious actions from hurting your purpose, you would be wise to avoid being around slothful people.
The third person to avoid is the mad man. A mad person always brings hurt to friendships and purposes. A mad person treats their anger as sport and expects people to get over their explosions quickly. The mad man becomes angry and spiteful to those who don’t follow what they want. Avoid the mad man at all costs, because the only thing the mad man brings is injury and death to those they are around.
The fourth person to avoid is the contentious man. You can’t trust contentious people because they will always cause disharmony in the work. You may think you can stop a contentious person from their quarrelsome ways, but you will quickly find out that they will be confrontational to those with whom they disagree. One thing you will always find out about a contentious person is that they always think they are right and will never listen to reasoning, just like the fool.
The fifth person to avoid is the lying man. A lying man will hurt you because you never know if what they are saying is true. A lying man flatters you to your face, but they will stab you in the back when you are not around. Watch out for those who build you up to your face but talk bad to you about others. This type of person is a lying person who will talk bad about you when you are not around.
My friend, let me encourage you to not only avoid these types of people, but let me also encourage you not to be like them. You will hurt your ability to serve the LORD if any of these characteristics are exhibited in your life. If you see any of these characteristics in your life, now is the time to get rid of them so you don’t become one who hurt others and one whom others should avoid.