Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 10:23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
Joke vs. Pleasure
What's Your High?
I like the contrasts in this verse… It’s cool! Solomon doesn’t really show the commonalities between foolishness and wisdom because there are none.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 says: A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.
Look, these guys are on totally different roads and going opposite directions. So instead of stating what they have in common he just tells us the goals and rewards of both paths.
You see, for a fool doing wrong never reaches any true level of pleasure so you can’t really make a suitable comparison. Doing wrong may bring a short high to a wicked man but like a common joke his telling of it is gone in a moment. The vile and corrupt person only knows what he knows… Surely he must think the fleeting high that comes from doing wrong cannot be matched… There is undoubtedly nothing it’s equal. Alas, he thinks; today's devious deeds have come and gone. But hope rises within him because he knows there are still all kinds of wicked things he can do and so he lays on his bed pondering what cruel wrong things can get him his high tomorrow.
On the other hand wisdom brings true and lasting pleasure. Instead of cruelty it plans love, It brings a state of happiness to the giver and receiver... It brings satisfaction and enjoyment that a wicked man has never even imagined nor has ever entered his heart.
True wisdom comes from God and is found in Jesus. It's riches and delights are eternal while for the fool, in the end... his cruel jokes will turn upon his own head and instead of laughter there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.