Original Research - Special Collection: African Hermeneutics

Proverbs 28:19–22 and proliferation of sports betting amongst African youths

Emmanuel U. Njoku, Onyekachi G. Chukwuma, Mary J. Obiorah
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 1 | a2282 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i1.2282 | © 2021 Emmanuel U. Njoku, Onyekachi G. Chukwuma, Mary J. Obiorah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2021 | Published: 22 July 2021

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Emmanuel U. Njoku, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Onyekachi G. Chukwuma, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Mary J. Obiorah, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Work is integral to human existence, and a veritable means for both individual and societal development. Over time, human prosperity and societal advancement have been credited to application of both physical and mental abilities into resourceful ventures that resulted in wealth and prosperity. When this approach to wealth generation is negated and one resorts to shortcuts, the adverse implication is glaring on both the individual and society at large. The problem that necessitated this study is the quest for quick riches devoid of hard work amongst many African youths. In recent times, sports betting has high patronage amongst youths as it is considered a fast means to alleviate poverty. This research study analysed the importance of hard work as a panacea to poverty against the backdrop of sports betting proliferation amongst African youths. The study was carried out in the light of a Biblical wisdom literature text in Proverbs 28:19–22. This pericope was considered to be appropriate because it includes explicit sayings that extol hard work and bring to light the dangers of unrealistic ventures and haste to riches. The research design adopted was exegetical, whilst the methodology was rhetorical analysis. Exegesis refers to critical explanation or interpretation of a given biblical passage; rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing. The data were collected from primary (Bible) and secondary sources (books, journals, online resources and Bible commentaries). This study beckoned on African youths to engage their physical and mental ability into resourceful enterprises and shun anti-work ventures.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article unequivocally challenges the involvement of African youths in worthless pursuits and the inordinate desire for quick riches, and thus, advocates youths to embrace hard work. The study contributes to Old Testament modern discourses on youths and sustainable wealth creation. Its related disciplines are exegesis or hermeneutics, entrepreneurial economics and practical theology.

   


Keywords

Proverbs 28:19–22; work; sports betting; African youths; diligence

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