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READING: Proverbs 1-2 – Wisdom, Warning, Call of Wisdom, Value of Wisdom  


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (1:7) 

Learning, wisdom, instruction, understanding words, wise dealing, righteousness, justice, equity, shrewness for the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young – “let the wise hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.” (1:2-6) 

Proverbs are not absolutes; they are wise maxims that are generally true but do have exceptions. Proverbs are one way of training children. “Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching.” (1:8) But what if you discover later that your father is a philanderer, and your mother is a dingbat? 

Temptations often come as enticement to sin. When one entices you, what do you do? If he suggests you become his partner in robbery where you expect to gain great booty and we will have a common purse, do you do it because he waved a hint of wealth before you? If there is a common purse, who will keep it? If he steals from others, won’t he also steal from you? The moral? Be careful of who you hang out with! (1:8-19) 

Wisdom also has a voice. “In the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks; ‘How, long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?’” (1:20-22). In Proverbs, the “simple” are the naïve; “scoffers” are “know-it-all’s”; and “fools” are those who openly reject God’s knowledge and ways. Each of these rejects’ wisdom. Wisdom says, “I will pour out my thoughts to you… Because I have called and you refused… and because you ignored all my counsel… I also will laugh at your calamity.” (1:23-26). The simple, the scoffers, and the fools will cry for wisdom but will hear no answer. “But those who listen to me will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” (1:33). 

Chapter two talks about the value of Wisdom. If you treasure Wisdom’s commandments, incline your heart to understanding, and cry out for insight, seeking it like hidden treasures – you will understand the fear of the LORD and find His knowledge. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth comes understanding.” (2:1-6) 

“Then you will understand righteousness, justice, equity, and every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Prudence and understanding will guard you from the way of evil. (2:9-12) 

Wisdom will save you from the loose person with the smooth words, “who forsakes the partner of one’s youth and forgets the sacred covenant.” That way leads to death. Walk in the good paths so you will abide in the land (that is, the land promised to Israel), whereas the wicked will be cut off from the land and be rooted out of it. 

James said if you lack wisdom, ask God.  

Have you asked him lately? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF  

Father, I pray that I may find wisdom from You, wisdom that will always guide me in paths of righteousness; this is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and my precious Savior, AMEN!   

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)  

Holy Father, my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that we will each seek wisdom more than gold, for righteousness more than fame, and for the fruit of the Spirit more than the works of the flesh. For myself, and for all who read this, in the precious name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN! 

READING: Proverbs 1-2 – Wisdom, Warning, Call of Wisdom, Value of Wisdom  

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (1:7) 

Learning, wisdom, instruction, understanding words, wise dealing, righteousness, justice, equity, shrewness for the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young – “let the wise hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.” (1:2-6) 

Proverbs are not absolutes; they are wise maxims that are generally true but do have exceptions. Proverbs are one way of training children. “Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching.” (1:8) But what if you discover later that your father is a philanderer, and your mother is a dingbat? 

Temptations often come as an enticement to sin. When one entices you, what do you do? If he suggests you become his partner in a robbery where you expect to gain great booty and we will have a common purse, do you do it because he waved a hint of wealth before you? If there is a common purse, which will keep it? If he steals from others, won’t he steal from you? The moral? Be careful of who you hang out with! (1:8-19) 

Wisdom also has a voice. “In the squares, she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks; ‘How, long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?’” (1:20-22). In Proverbs, the “simple” is the naïve; a “scoffer” is a“know-it-all,” and “fools” are those who openly reject God’s knowledge and ways. Each of these rejects wisdom. Wisdom says, “I will pour out my thoughts to you… Because I have called and you refused… and because you ignored all my counsel… I also will laugh at your calamity.” (1:23-26). The simple, the scoffers, and the fools will cry for wisdom but will hear no answer. “But those who listen to me will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” (1:33). 

Chapter two talks about the value of Wisdom. If you treasure Wisdom’s commandments, incline your heart to understand, and cry out for insight, seeking it like hidden treasures – you will understand the fear of the LORD and find His knowledge. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth comes understanding.” (2:1-6) 

“Then you will understand righteousness, justice, equity, and every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Prudence and understanding will guard you from the way of evil. (2:9-12) 

Wisdom will save you from the loose person with the smooth words, “who forsakes the partner of one’s youth and forgets the sacred covenant.” That way leads to death. Walk in the good paths so you will abide in the land (that is, the land promised to Israel), whereas the wicked will be cut off from the land and be rooted out of it. 

James said if you lack wisdom, ask God.  

Have you asked him lately? 

________________________________________________________________________________________ 

PRAY FOR YOURSELF  

Father, I pray that I may find wisdom from You, wisdom that will always guide me in paths of righteousness; this is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and my precious Savior, AMEN!   

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)  

Holy Father, my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that we will each seek wisdom more than gold, for righteousness more than fame, and for the fruit of the Spirit more than the works of the flesh. For myself, and for all who read this, in the precious name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN! 

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