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ible 105 Essay 3Hebrew poetry is used to express various things in the Bible. Hebrew poetry is used to “express emotion, facilitate worship, and to instruct in wisdom” (Hindson, 2012). God uses Hebrew poetry to teach us how we can better live our lives. Within Hebrews the terms laziness, diligence, folly and wisdom are utilized. God’s plan for us to apply some of these terms and to give terminology to the way we should be living against.
The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey is very clear about laziness, “Lazy behavior results in poverty while diligence results in wealth” (Hindson, 2012). Hindson (2012) describes laziness as being produced by talking and not working toward earning wealth. This description is also described as having lazy people lead into poverty. Proverbs 13:4 (English Standard Version) explains God’s desire to not be lazy, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied”.
Obviously by this description God desires us to be diligent. Hindson (2012) describes the diligent as becoming wealthy by their work. We are reminded that we should not be taken over by the yearning for this wealth and that the wealth we gain must not be corrupt. God states that those who gain wealth this way will be judged. “Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty” (Proverbs 22:16, ESV). Hindson (2012) nicely words this, “some are rich because of greed and corruption while others are blessed by God and their own diligence”.
Folly is introduced in the Bible as a tool to apply to avoid further failings in life. Folly is making wrong decisions even if the right decision is known by the person (Hindson, 2012). “Indeed, the greatest folly would be for a man not to enjoy the few short years that God has given him as a gift” (Hindson, 2012). The comparison…...

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