"The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy."
Really interesting stuff. Not sure I get it all. I need to think about it more, but I like what I understand so far. The first verse seems to illustrate the gap in our lives between real and fake that we so often cross. Part of wisdom is just understanding ourselves and why we do what we do... figuring ourselves out, and being real. And the sad thing about lying to others is that we so often lie to ourselves as well. When we're honest with ourselves, not trying to justify things to ourselves or others... then we've grasped wisdom rather than foolishness. :)
The rest of it is hard, but what I am getting out of it is the idea that lots of times people will laugh at us for our choices... to avoid things that we see as sin, and they just like. But we're okay anyway. We know our own hearts, and what hurts them... and no one else, even with their mockery, can touch the the joy that we gain from being as righteous as we know that we need to be, for ourselves. We avoid sin so that we don't hurt our hearts. :) How can anyone laughing at us touch that? :) ... Today, let's work on being honest with ourselves. On protecting ourselves and our hearts from sin. And let's check in with God. He can help... and he misses talking to us. :)