Our most excellent adventure now moves into the second of the sections in chapter seven: Patience. Yes dear reader, I am going over this one carefully myself, since patience is really not my strongest suit! The topic is set clearly enough in verse 8:
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
This verse hearkens back to the discussion in the previous section about houses of mourning and the day of death being better than the day of birth; a matter is best concluded in life, rather than begun, for in its conclusion we know if we have concluded it properly and in a way pleasing in the eyes of God. Likewise, it is better to be patient than proud. If you stop and think about pride, it might not seem to line up well with patience, for all too often it leads a person to impatience, as a proud person seeks to have their way over someone else, while the patient person must deal with others in ways that respect their opinions, views and personhood.
Verse nine reinforces this thought:
- The Life Project. 2016. Patience is Better Than Pride | The Life Project. [ONLINE] Available at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/patience-is-better-than-pride-2/. [Accessed 28 October 2016].