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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 1:1-7 (BSB)  1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and discipline,
to comprehend words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise living,
in righteousness, justice, and equity,
4 to impart prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and gain instruction,
and the discerning acquire wise counsel—
6 to understand the proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:1-7 (NLT)  1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
and discipline - וּמוּסָ֑ר (ū·mū·sār) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

to comprehend - לְ֝הָבִ֗ין (lə·hā·ḇîn) - Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

instruction - מוּסַ֣ר (mū·sar) - Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

in wise living - הַשְׂכֵּ֑ל (haś·kêl) - Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

in righteousness - צֶ֥דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq) - Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

justice - וּ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט (ū·miš·pāṭ) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

and equity - וּמֵישָׁרִֽים׃ (ū·mê·šā·rîm) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4339: Evenness, prosperity, concord, straightness, rectitude

to impart - לָתֵ֣ת (lā·ṯêṯ) - Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

prudence - עָרְמָ֑ה (‘ā·rə·māh) - Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6195: Trickery, discretion

to the simple - לִפְתָאיִ֣ם (lip̄·ṯā·yim) - Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon adds simplicity (i.e.lack of wisdom)

listen - יִשְׁמַ֣ע (yiš·ma‘) - Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

and gain - וְי֣וֹסֶף (wə·yō·w·sep̄) - Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

wise counsel - תַּחְבֻּל֥וֹת (taḥ·bu·lō·wṯ) - Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8458: Steerage, guidance, a plan

The fear - יִרְאַ֣ת (yir·’aṯ) - Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3374: Fear, reverence

despise - בָּֽזוּ׃ (bā·zū) - Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 936: To disrespect

and discipline -  וּ֝מוּסָ֗ר (ū·mū·sār) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

The purpose of this book of Proverbs is to teach us not only knowledge but discernment, understanding, wisdom. We can have knowledge without wisdom. I.e. we can memorize facts but without the ability to apply knowledge and follow the thought through to a conclusion, we are no further along.

I call it flat thinking when someone cannot, or will not, follow through in a progression of thoughts to a conclusion. They accept a statement, and even declare it true, but they have never thought any deeper about the subject and thus have no real grasp of the issue.

An example would be someone who thinks all America has to do is print more money! If America printed more money, we'd all have enough money to buy whatever we want. They truly believe it's just that simple. They have no concept of economics and how printing more money would collapse our economy. More printed money would make it worthless paper. But those who are stuck in flat thinking can't, or won't, follow their theory through to a conclusion. Flat thinking is characteristic of children or those who are mentally handicapped. But it's shocking in adults who should be able to think logically and progressively. There is no reason for mentally healthy, educated, full grown adults to be flat thinkers but unfortunately we are seeing it. The even sadder part is that these adults are too prideful to admit they didn't think it through and were wrong. They will stick to their initial thought because they can't admit they were wrong and are afraid of looking stupid. Like the old story of the Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. A vain Emperor hires two weavers to make him some new clothes. They do absolutely nothing but they convince him they have made him invisible clothes. Only the smart people can see them. Anyone who can't see them are hopelessly stupid and incompetent. No one wants to be thought of as stupid and incompetent. So the Emperor pretends he can see the invisible finery. All his court pretend to see the invisible clothes. He decides to parade around in his invisible clothes in front of the whole town. Again, everyone is afraid to admit they see nothing and that the Emperor is naked. So everyone oohs and ahhs and pretends they can see the magical suit. Finally, a child runs to the parade. He sees all the adults oohing, ahhing, applauding the Emperor's new clothes and wonders what it's all about. He can't wait to see the extraordinary finery but when he finally sees the Emperor he sees him for what he is, naked! The child, in disappointment, shouts, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!". The adults around him realize it's true and the Emperor is truly naked and see how foolish he looks! You would think the Emperor would hide himself and run back to the palace embarrassed but he can't admit how stupid he was so he continues his procession.

We need not only knowledge, but wisdom. We need cognition, understanding, discernment, insight, the power of judging, intellectual conception, reasoning, discretion. We need the ability to think indepth.

We need to be receptive to wise teaching. Open our minds and receive it. So many times we shut down and words just bounce off our hard heads. Teachers have a hard time teaching someone who refuses to listen and learn. Very little will get through a hard head. But we also must be smart in who we open our mind to. Many will close their minds to Jesus but will fully open their minds to satan. They love learning ways to be evil, wicked, destructive. But they refuse to learn the ways to be righteous, just and fair. God gives us intelligence and some use it to be crafty and evil. What a waste! We need to be using our intelligence to learn about God and study His Word and applying it to good. We need to be using our minds to think of ways to benefit mankind rather to harm others. Then there are those who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ but can find all kinds of time to read and study about witchcraft, ghosts, psychic phenomenon, aliens. They'd rather believe in ghosts than in the resurrected Jesus Christ. There are those will open their minds to studying classic cars, football statistics, gardening but will not open their minds to learning about God.

It's very important to open your mind and receive instruction but it's equally important to know what to open your mind to. You want to be a receiver of the right kind of wisdom and knowledge.

No matter what age you are, you can learn. Wisdom is for anyone who wants it. It just means applying yourself and being receptive. When I graduated from high school, my parents didn't have the money to send me to college. Although I had worked all through high school, my minimum wage job didn't exactly provide money for college. Unless you were smart enough or good enough in sports for a scholarship, there was no other help to pay for college. We didn't have grants, lottery money, etc. I also married as soon as I turned 18 years old. Then, on our little bit of money, I definitely couldn't afford to even think about college. But I made up my mind that I could teach myself anything I wanted to learn about. The library was free. I made use of it. I taught myself a lot on the different subjects that interested me by reading. Now, there is a lot on TV and Internet and I've increased my knowledge in quantum leaps. I wanted to learn and I learned even though I don't have a formal university education. (We did manage to get our Associate's Degrees at the local technical college in time but I couldn't go any further than that.)

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have a rich understanding. His praise endures forever!

Job 28:28 And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding."

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

The "fear of the Lord" means a reverential love and awe. It does not mean abject fear and terror. We worship God in love and reverence. God has been merciful to me a sinner! He sent a way to rescue and save me through Jesus Christ, the obedient Son. In love and reverence I respond to His love by looking for every way to please Him, to learn about Him, to discover His wisdom!

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