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Proverbs of Solomon and Sayings of the Wise

VALUE OF WISE SAYINGS     Proverbs 22:17-21

PURPOSE OF THE PROVERBS     Proverbs 1:1-7, Proverbs 25:1

Preeminence of God

FEAR OF THE LORD     Proverbs 9:10-12, 10:27, 14:2, 14:26-27, 15:33, 19:23, 28:14

TRUST IN GOD OR SELF     Proverbs 3:5-8, 14:12/16:25, 16:3, 18:2, 18:4, 18:10, 19:3, 20:24, 21:22, 26:12, 28:26, 29:25

DIVINE PROVIDENCE     Proverbs 15:3, 16:1, 16:4, 16:9, 16:33, 19:21, 21:30-31, 22:12, 27:1

Insight and Ignorance

WISDOM AND FOLLY     Proverbs 13:14, 14:24, 15:24, 16:22, 17:12, 24:7, 24:13-14

DEALING WITH FOOLS     Proverbs 26:4-11, 27:22, 29:9

DISCERNMENT AND UNDERSTANDING     Proverbs 10:13, 10:23, 13:15, 14:6, 14:8, 14:15, 14:33, 15:21, 16:16, 17:24, 19:8, 20:5, 20:12

KNOWLEDGE     Proverbs 10:14, 13:16, 14:18, 15:14, 18:15, 19:2, 20:15, 21:11, 23:12, 24:3-4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Proverbs of Solomon

“Solomon is the author of literally thousands of proverbs.  The proverbs are short poems, usually in the form of couplets, which set high ethical standards and give practical advice for daily living through the use of comparative or perhaps antithetical, imagery.

Such poetic verses place high value on wisdom and sharply contrast good and evil, righteousness and wickedness, justice and injustice.  The Hebrew proverbs are distinct in that all wisdom is seen as flowing from the true God, rather than being a mere accumulation of human observation and experience.

To facilitate understanding, the proverbs and wise sayings are presented here under appropriate topic headings.  By seeing the individual proverbs in the context of others dealing with the same subject, one can gain a richer appreciation for ‘the wisdom that comes from heaven.'”

Introduction to wisdom

THE CALL OF WISDOM     Proverbs 8, Proverbs 9:1-6

BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING WISDOM     Proverbs 2, Proverbs 3:13-24

DANGERS OF REJECTING WISDOM     Proverbs 1:20-33, Proverbs 9:13-18

SOLOMON’S PERSONAL PLEA     Proverbs 4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Mom, can I play on the iPad?”  Sydney asked but before I could utter a word, a little voice next to me said “Did Syd read the Bible yet?”  Tristan, who also loves playing on the iPad, looked up from the open Bible in front of him, his question still lingering in the air.

I looked at Syd, my eyebrows raised and my eyes clearly revealing my thoughts, as she stood saying nothing.

At our house the rules for the boys in the morning is that they need to read the Bible first before anything else; tv, video games, movies… and they are very good at getting their reading done.  They don’t read a huge amount, they’re still pretty little, but it started out as a verse in Proverbs and a verse in John (relevant to that day’s date) but now they’re up to five verses in each book.

The girls don’t have the same rules, only because they tend to sleep in a bit later, so they are able to do their quiet time at their convenience.  I know Sam prefers reading at night before bed, but Syd??  Well, apparently I now know the answer.

“Hmmm…” I hummed as I looked at her and with a sigh she sat at the table, opened the Bible and began to read.

“I’m done” she said standing, “now can I play?”

“Already?!!”  I said incredulously, “What did you read?”

Proverbs 11,” she retorted.

“The whole chapter??”

“Mmm-hmm.”

“Syd,” I said “if you want to get to know someone you need to spend time with them.  You talk to them, listen to them and learn about them. This is God,” I said holding out the Bible between us “the Word, THIS Word, is Jesus and you can only get to know Him better by reading it.”

“Why don’t you read the Bible?” I questioned.

She stood in silence, her gaze staring off…far from me.

“Syd,” my voice startled her.  “Why don’t you read?”  I could see the struggle within her about how she should answer.  I encouraged her to be honest, I was only asking why, when she finally sat and said;

“Because it’s boring and confusing.”

“I know, Babe.” I nodded, acknowledging and completely understanding her.  “But,” I said  “if you pay attention and continue reading, God will reveal something to you. Why did you pick Proverbs 11?” I asked

“I don’t know” she said with a shrug.

“Well, then there’s something God wants you to learn if that’s what He had you open.”

We read through the chapter, a wonderful proverb revealing God’s views of righteous living and wisdom.  A great read showing how to live our lives with regards to money, pride, honesty, people, looks, possessions, wisdom… also exposing the fate of choosing the ulterior.

What a perfect chapter for God to lead her to.  A chapter revealing so much truth, so much guidance and insight into how God wants us to live our lives…and it can only be found by reading His Word.

God is not far away.  He has given us an amazing play-book of which to make our decisions and choose our moves.  When we are lost or feeling forgotten, we need to look to Him for guidance through His Word and to those who have gone before us and learned from His teaching.

Pick up your Bible, it’s your move.

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”   Proverbs 11:30

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Chapter 25 of Job is the tiniest chapter!  Bildad responds to Job’s complaint of how the wicked seemingly prosper…but doesn’t have much to say actually!  He doesn’t even touch on Job’s arguments and goes straight in for the kill by essentially telling Job he needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

But Job has had it.  He is done listening to his so-called friends. He’s done with their “advice.”  He’s done with their accusations and narrow-minded morals.  They have misrepresented him and misrepresented God and he’s not going to take it any more…

As shown by the longest (and most accurate, honest and gentle) tell off in history!

In Chapter 26, Job knocks Bildad, as well as the others, by questioning what power they have.  Without God we are but pond scum essentially…filthy rags.  We have nothing without Him and Job reminds them of that, then paints a beautiful picture of God’s power and our ignorance to try to understand it.

“With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?”   Job 26:3

In Chapter 27, Job’s conscience is clear.  He’s done wavering.  He has remained faithful in his walk with the Lord and knows he has done nothing to deserve the heartache and pain befallen him.  He even points out that his friends have no more knowledge of God than he does and you can practically feel Job’s facepalm.

“Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?”   Job 27:12

And in Chapter 28, Job implies that his wise friends just maybe aren’t so wise after all.  The advice they have been offering were from their own experiences, their own knowledge…but Job argues that true wisdom is only found in knowing and trusting the Lord.

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”   Job 28:28

It is so easy when a friend has a problem or is struggling with something, for us to barrel in guns-a-blazing and try to put out the fire or fix what’s broken.  So often we analyze and give advice when all that is needed is love and an understanding ear.

(...and that God will even speak through those who don't know Him!)
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