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Daily Devotional – April 3


I had a dear friend who I credit with the following quote:

“Never try to teach a pig to read. First, it can’t be done. Second, it annoys the pig.”

According to Proverbs, when offering advice, passing along knowledge, or teaching another you will encounter two types of people:

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

The most outstanding characteristic of the “scorner”, as referenced in Proverbs, is an individual who is unable or unwilling to change. They have already, (in their own mind), attained perfection, know everything, and view any instruction as personal criticism.

It is a waste of time trying to teach the scorner, just as it is a waste of time trying to teach a pig to read.


April 3, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. So act right and always beleive. If God can send his spirit to convert me, He can speak through right actions to one I might see as an annoyed pig.

    Comment by helenl | April 3, 2007 | Reply

  2. Agree 100%, Helen! Its often hard to tell which is which. I believe as Christians we should redeem the time wisely and not waste a lot of time rebuking those who are “unrebukable” (is that a word?:) ) if its truly seen to be the case. I’ve witnessed many a Christian who didn’t know when to stop.

    Hey, if the Holy Spirit can’t convince ’em, who are we to, right?! 🙂


    Comment by bereans | April 3, 2007 | Reply

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