Even though some people are like those described in Proverbs 30:11-14, it is wise not to be like them. There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth. There are those—how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift! There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.
It is better for us to be wise and to bless instead of curse the loving parents and others who care for us throughout life. We can think that we are doing okay, living life according to our own standards, but it is what God thinks that really matters. Are we “clean” on the outside but inside do we have a big mess? Do we seek to raise ourselves up by cutting others down? Agur, the author of Proverbs 30, shares these valuable lessons by using contrasts, and he leaves the choice up to us. Let’s not trick ourselves into believing that everything is all right. Instead let’s take our needs to Jesus who is faithful to cleanse us from everything in our lives that is not right. With fresh joy of being clean we can live to bless and encourage rather than go with the world’s flow of faultfinding and cursing.