I'm coming to the end of preaching the first ten chapters of Proverbs verse by verse, hoping to help my folks be able to win any ¿Quien es mas macho? competition among pastors. Well, that, and other things.
So as I shared, Duane Garrett helped me see that the last section of the chapter (10:19-32) breaks down into a chiasm. That helped me a lot in figuring out how to preach it. First, I preached on the first four verses, focusing on speech; then on the next four verses, dealing with security. So much for Section A and Section B.
But what to do with the single, lone verse making up Section C? What of verse 26, dealing with Sloth?
Obviously, there were three main honest choices (skipping it is not an honest choice):
- Group it with the preceding section, on security.
- Group it with the following section on, once again, security.
- Preach it all by its lonesome.
The key was respecting the text and its signals, and seeing the mind of God revealed in its formation.