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The introduction (chapters 1–9) of the Proverbs constitutes the youngest unit in the book. It consists of a series of poems or discourses in which a father exhorts his son to acquire wisdom and in which wisdom personified intervenes. These chapters have a more speculative quality than the remainder of the book. They do not treat wisdom simply as a human quality and achievement or as a cultural legacy imparted by teachers and parents; they present it as a universal and abiding reality, transcending the human scene.
Wisdom is the first of God’s works and participated with him in the creation of the world. A constantly debated aspect of this section concerns the identity of “the loose [strange] woman” who is set over against Wisdom.
Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find great numbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice, national contempt, and animosities.
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.
Without further, let us continue in our section of Proverbs Chapters 25-29, this week, Monday-Friday, November 16-20, 2020. specifically, Chapters 25-29, as the Lord wills.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Our studies began and continues since August 24-26-28, 2020; September 1-3; 7-9-11;15,17,2020; October 5-7; 13-15, 19,21,23, 27, 29, 2020; November 2,3,4,5,6, 2020 with our verbatim posts of the Book of 'Wisdom', 'Proverbs'].
We have finished the first section of Proverbs Chapters 1-11. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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
Other 'cumulative links' to posts shall be added as we proceed and take breaks, including Chapters 12,13,14.15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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. My friends, slow down and 'really take some notes', meditate, and ask the Lord to show you where this Chapter in the Proverbs may be so timely and relevant for 'today', 'world-wide'. Take heed! There are no 'coincidences'. Amen. Amen.
Chapter 26 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Part 1 of 2.
w/Notes from the Commentary of Matthew Henry for further insight. 
1 'As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.'
Notes: 1-12 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'Honour is out of season to those unworthy and unfit for it.
2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head.
3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed.
4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness.
10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked.
11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2 Peter 2:22.
12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad.'
My friends, thank you for returning this afternoon for a 'spot of tea' as we conclude the post for Chapter 26. Amen. Amen.
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