There’s a Lion Outside!
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There’s a Lion Outside!

Proverbs 26:12–23  (ID: 1059)

Does the book of Proverbs make Christians feel uncomfortable? Alistair Begg suggests the book’s wisdom often exposes our foolish habits and teaches us to make wise choices. One such choice is that of pursuing skillful work. Sluggards make a lifestyle of laziness. They are hungry to feel fulfilled but are always making absurd excuses for bad or unfinished jobs. When we see this slothful picture in Proverbs, we can learn how God wants His people to work with excellence for His glory.


12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

There is a lion in the streets!”

14As a door turns on its hinges,

so does a sluggard on his bed.

15The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own

is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

18Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death

19is the man who deceives his neighbor

and says, “I am only joking!”

20For lack of wood the fire goes out,

and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

21As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

22The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;

they go down into the inner parts of the body.

23Like the glaze2 covering an earthen vessel

are fervent lips with an evil heart.

Copyright © 2024, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.