Proverbs 1-3

Proverbs 1:1-7

My Bible calls this first section the purpose and theme, I think of it as a mission statement.

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

“Fear of the Lord” is used 50 times in the Bible,  18 of them will be in the Book of Proverbs.

V. 7- This phrase does not mean to cower in terror or to feel a threat.  To fear the Lord means to respect-absolute reverence for someone.  It is the same word used in places of the BIble to explain the respect children sould have for their parents.  Here is a phrase I read recently “Fear of the Lord is Reverential AWE that produces humble submission to a loving God based on a relationship not repercussion.”

The scripture says this is the beginning.  The beginning is the foundation in which all instruction will be placed on.  So before you read take a moment to reflect on your view of where you acquire knowledge.

  • V: 8-9 is an introductory call to pay attention to those instructions and the benefits of doing so
  • V:10-14 is the warning against yielding or ignoring these instructions
  • v 15-19 discusses the reason for doing so.

Starting in verse 20 you will see Wisdom is personified: it is given a feminine pronoun.  She seeks to rescue us from our errors.  When we ignore her, we will face consequences therefor by verse 28, we will call out for help.  The phrase that hit me was 31: “They will eat the fruit of their ways...but in 33 it says “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm”(PEACE).  I want the latter!

Chapter 2- starts off strong!  ACCEPT these words, then HEAR these words, then APPLY these words.

The other day I was talking to a student on the phone who had put forth little effort on finding information to join the football team.   I said to him “If you want it bad enough, you will find out.  If the answer gave you a $1 million dollar prize,  how much effort would you put into it?”

So if you TRULY want wisdom, you will have to dig into these Proverbs: verse 4:

and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

The ultimate source of Wisdom is found in the hidden treasure:

For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

In verse 16 we are introduced to the other female- “the adulterous woman”.  She represents what we “want” not need.  This woman will tempt us but through God’s wisdom, we can resist giving in to sin. (we will talk about that in more detail in upcoming chapters)

Verse 20-22 gives the example of living in the land which we can now look back on historically and understand the correlation.  When the Israelites followed God’s commands they had Peace in the land when they stayed from his commands they fell into their own consequences.

Chapter 3:

  • Verse 1-4  again talks about the advantages of holding on to God’s wisdom.
  • Verse 5- I am betting many of you underlined this familiar scripture:
    • Trust in the Lord with all your heart
          and lean not on your own understanding;
       in all your ways submit to him,
          and he will make your paths straight.

Wisdom is more profitable than silver, rubies, and gold.

Pile of gemstones | Semi precious gems, Gems for sale, Gems

and my favorite:

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The chapter ends with “do not” phrases. What not to neglect and what not to engage in.

Tomorrow we read chapters 4-6, so if you feel like your foundations is getting stronger, keep reading.

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