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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Value of Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs is often over looked because there is no continuing story or historical account, but it is filled with the Wisdom of Solomon. Sometimes it's possible to create a story to explain the proverb, to retell it in your own words.

The preamble in verses 1-7 describes the value and benefit of listening to the wise words of a wise man. Verse 7 gives the supreme instruction: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Then he adds the notation that fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In verse 8 he encourages a young man to listen to the wisdom of his father and not reject his mother's teaching for they will be a "garland of grace on your head." He continues to warn the young to avoid violence and deceit. 

In verse 20 the emphasis shifts to the call of Wisdom. Wisdom almost taunts the young saying "How long will you love ignorance? How long will you enjoy mocking?" Then Wisdom acknowledges the need for discipline, but without it, the calamity and terror will strike those who did not heed her call. Waywardness and inexperience will kill them, but whoever listens to Wisdom will live securely and be free of danger.

Chapter 2 again speaks of wisdom and its rewards. Wisdom comes from the Lord and understanding comes from fear of him. It is the wise who value integrity and justice. Wisdom comes from the Lord, and with it comes success. 

Read Proverbs and find wisdom for your needs and life in the Lord and share this knowledge and understanding with those around you.