Week #82; Wed, July 24: Proverbs 1:1-11:31

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Unlimited inferences appear to subtend from the flower of wisdom and the absence of it.

2. Proverbs is loaded with pointed examples of what is wise and what is an abomination.

3. Key examples are spotlighted for illustration; many more are among the Proverbs covered here.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Proverbs 1, The Beginning of Knowledge
1. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

  • Inference: Solomon prayed for wisdom; he got so much more (1 Kings 3:5-15).

2. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”

  • Inference: “. . . my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood . . . Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.”

3. “Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks . . . ”

  • Inference: “. . . whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Proverbs 2, The Value of Wisdom
1. “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding . . . then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

  • Inference: “So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.”

Proverbs 3, Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

  • Inference: “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”

2. “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

  • Inference: The absence of reproof indicates a lack of a fathers love.

3. “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better thank gold.

  • Inference: “She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.”
  • Inference: “The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.”

Proverbs 4, A Father’s Wise Instruction
1. “Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.”

  • Inference: “. . . the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.”
  • Inference: “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.”
  • Inference: “Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”

Proverbs 5, Warning Against Adultry
1. “My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.”

  • Inference: Otherwise, the term “worm-wood” carries the negative context of the consequences (The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis pertains)

2. “And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.”

  • Inference: “. . . a forbidden woman” should be kept at a distance; “. . . do not go near the door of her house . . . rejoice in the wife of your youth . . .”
  • Inference: “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.”

Proverbs 6, Practical Warnings
1. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 1) haughty eyes, 2) a lying tongue, 3) hands that shed innocent blood, 4) a heart that devises wicked plans, 5) feet that make haste to run to evil, 6) a false witness who breathes out lies, and 7) one who sows discord among brothers.”

  • Inference: The tight focus on adultery concludes Proverb 6 where stress is placed on keeping “your father’s commandments, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”

2. “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life . . .”

  • Inference: “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.”

Proverbs 7, Warnings Against the Adulteress
1. “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

  • Inference: More focus on adultery in Proverb 7 reveals it is “. . . the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.”

Proverbs 8, The Blessing of Wisdom
1. When wisdom calls, it speaks “noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.”

  • Inference: “. . . blessed are those who keep my ways . . . Blessed is the one who listens to me . . .”

Proverbs 9, The Way of Wisdom
1. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied and years will be added to your life.”

  • “If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.”

Proverbs 10, The Proverbs of Solomon
1. “The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.”

  • Inference: “The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.”
  • Inference: “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”

2. “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”

  • Inference: “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
  • Inference: “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.”

Proverbs 11, The Proverbs of Solomon (cont.)
1. “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.”

  • Inference: “The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked walks into it instead.”

2. “Whoever captures souls is wise.”

  • Inference: However, pride, crookedness, riches, wickedness, treacherousness, wickedness, godlessness, slandering, misguidance, violence, evil, and the cursed are abominations to the Lord.

 

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