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 from August 24-26-28, 2020; September 1-3; 7-9-11, 2020; this week, September 15-17, 2020, our verbatim posts of the Book of 'Wisdom', 'Proverbs', specifically, Chapters 8 and 9.
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 1, 'Verbatim', Post 2-AM, August 26, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 1, 'Verbatim', Post 2-PM, August 26, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 2, 'Verbatim', Post 3, August 28, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 3, 'Verbatim', Post 4-AM, September 1, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 3, 'Verbatim', Post 4-PM, September 1, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 4, 'Verbatim', Post 5-AM, September 3, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 4, 'Verbatim', Post 5-PM, September 3, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 5, 'Verbatim', Post 6, September 7, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 6, 'Verbatim', Post 7-AM, September 9, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 6, 'Verbatim', Post 7-PM, September 9, 2020
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Chapter 7, 'Verbatim', Post 8, September 11, 2020
Chapter 8 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html/with 'Commentary of Matthew Henry', 1710. Emphasis - SMQ
Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. (1-11) The nature and riches of Wisdom. (12-21) Christ one with the Father, in the creation of the world, and rejoicing in his work for the salvation of man. (22-31) Exhortations to hear Christ's word. (32-36) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. (1-11) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.'
Notes: 1-11 'The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.'
Thank you for returning this afternoon when we will finish posting Chapter 8. Amen. Amen.
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