THE RESULT OF HAVING - BIBLICAL WISDOM'
We have finished the first section of Proverbs Chapters 1-11. This week, October 13-15, 2020, we will continue, as the Lord wills, and delve into the remainder of the Book of the Proverbs.
For your reference, the following link for Chapters 1-11 is provided.
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Review Links - Chapters 1-11, 'Verbatim', Post Script, October 7, 2020
Remember, the principles of the Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence, and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are the word of God.
The main purpose of this book is to teach wisdom to God’s people. Proverbs are short clever explanations, which are easy to remember. They contain truisms. These are things which are typically true however, not always. For example, "He who tills his land will have plenty of bread" (12:11), it is typically true that one who works his land will have bread but it is not a guarantee to always be true. They deal with life, principles, good judgment, and perception. They often draw distinctions between a wise man and a foolish man with parable type examples. As we continue, let us remember:
In Chapters 1-9, Solomon writes about wisdom for younger people. He speaks of details of Godly living and heeding a parent’s advice, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7). Salvation is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone and Proverbs directly teaches us to, “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 your paths straight” (3:5-6).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In chapters 10-24, in which we continue now, with Chapter 12 on, we will see that there is wisdom that applies to average people covering various topics. Many of these parables contrast a righteous man and a wicked man, and urges us to commit our way to God, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (14:12). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
When, we get to Chapters 25-31, we will find that those chapters give wisdom to leaders. It was these very proverbs that were transcribed by King Hezekiah’s people, ruled and reigned, [see 2 Kings 18-22; 2 Chronicles 29-32], and for good reason (25:1). They contain many warnings and instructions to assist in walking and seeking a Godly life. As would be understood by a leader of an army, Solomon writes in 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, without further, let us continue and begin to post the next section, Proverbs Chapters 12-24 beginning with Proverbs Chapter 12 and 13, this week of October 13-15, 2020, as the Lord wills.
Chapter 12 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.'
4 'A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.'
5 'The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.'
8 'A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.'
10 'A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.'
12 'The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.'
13 'The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.'
17 'He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.'
24 'The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.'
25 'Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.'
26 'The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.'
My friend, as I read and study the Proverbs, I am 'examining my heart', [2 Corinthians 13:5], seeing if I am living or learning to live with - what we all need during all of our lives - 'biblical wisdom'. I pray that you are doing likewise, for a more prosperous, healthy and happy life on this side of 'Glory'. After all, 'Proverbs' is in the Holy Scriptures, all of which is - 'God's Word to Man'. Blessings, in the most powerful Name of Jesus Christ, Our God, Our Lord, Our Savior. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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