1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Presently the fool has many advantages over the poor man. He comes from a wealthy family, he has never had to struggle to get by. He is good looking, healthy and intelligent. Yet he is neither appreciative nor considerate. Instead he amuses himself with perversity. He brags about his depravity; the days he’s spent drinking, the women he’s taken advantage of, the things he’s squandered his money on. Where will this path take him?
The blameless man, though poor, is on a much different path. His family wasn’t wealthy, but they taught him to be diligent and honest in his work. He is considerate in everything he does, he plans for the future and honors his commitments. He doesn’t have much, but what he has he is grateful for. Though poor, he is more content than the fool. The path he has chosen brings him joy. In his old age he will have satisfaction, the fool will have only regret.
“Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” If you allowed your desires to control you, do you know where they would take you? Have you ever regretted an impulsive decision? Do you know what you really want in life? Temptation only has power in the present. It makes promises it can’t keep. It focuses on the bait and ignores the trap. Without knowledge, willpower is overcome by it. But the more you consider your future self in your present decisions, the less tempted you will be.