Bowie Apostolic Church
Proverbs Day 14
Posted on January 17th, 2013

A Circle of (Dis)Respect?

Prov 26:18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, "Was I not joking?"

Proverbs 15:21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead. 

Proverbs 10:23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding. 
The overarching theme in 26:18 is a warning against humor in poor taste at another’s expense. One who deceives another is likened unto an archer that arbitrarily shoots and almost hurts someone, but doesn't take it seriously. But, honorable and wise people cultivate a culture of respect among one another. We should not be making a reputation for ourselves as people who go too far with our humor or with fooling people. Even worse, to act as if you’d done nothing and say “It was just a joke” does not show value for others.

Having a healthy sense of humor should be valued and cherished, but humor can be done without harm. We are living in an age where pranks are common place. It is as if people are constantly plotting to play a prank on one another. Having fun with one another within bounds is fine. However, what one family or circle of friends finds absolutely hilarious may not be funny in another set of friends. Be mindful of who you are dealing with and be sure everything is done in good taste.

Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with pranks, disrespect, poor taste, humor, joke, irreverence


Sherri - January 20th, 2013 at 7:47 AM
Wow, I remember trying to get my boys to understand that when they were growing up! Hopefully, they are wiser now. :)
Sis. Mae - July 14th, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Thanks for the balanced perspective on humor. All humor is not harmful. Who believes Jesus laughed? Who believes that Jesus had humor?

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