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Proverbs 2-4

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Proverbs Chapter 2

By definition, wisdom is recognized and appreciated by wisdom-seeking people, male or female, anywhere on earth, regardless of one's lesser or greater gift of "intelligence" (i.e. "intelligent" people are capable of doing very unwise things if they are not also wise). Moreover, once planted, wisdom develops toward more wisdom through the right path. Wisdom is a pathfinder, "Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul."

The Way

"My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of The Lord and find the knowledge of God. For The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of His saints [see What Is A Saint?].

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart [see A Pure Heart], and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul [see Where Is Your Soul?]; discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you; delivering you from the way of evil [see Evil Means Fool], from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of Darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil; men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

You will be saved from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the shades; none who go to her come back nor do they regain the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright [see The Lord's Plumb Line] will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it." (Proverbs 2:1-22 RSV)

Proverbs Chapter 3

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments" is both The Lord and "wisdom" speaking because The Lord created true wisdom along with everything else that is good. God also created freedom so that humanity may accept or reject salvation, which is a free gift to all who choose to accept it (see also Why Does God Allow Evil?). "The upright are in His confidence" because The Lord confides in, and into, those who seek Him.

The Ten Commandments

"My son, do not forget My teaching, but let your heart keep My Commandments; for length of days and years of life [but God's people must always live as though Christ's return is at hand; see Could Christ Return Tonight?] and abundant welfare will they give you.

Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart [see Frontlets and Phylacteries]. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes [see The Two Kinds Of Pride]; fear The Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor The Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

My son, do not despise The Lord's discipline [see Disciples of Christ] or be weary of His reproof, for The Lord reproves him whom He loves, as a father the son in whom He delights.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her [see True Wealth]. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy. The Lord by wisdom founded the earth [see Christ The Creator]; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew.

My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet [see Where Is It Safe?]. Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes; for The Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" - when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor who dwells trustingly beside you [see Love Your Neighbor As Yourself]. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways; for the perverse man is an abomination to The Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.

The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked [see They Shall Be Ashes], but he blesses the abode of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace." (Proverbs 3:1-35 RSV)

Proverbs Chapter 4

The "crown" that God's people seek ("she will bestow on you a beautiful crown" Proverbs 4:9) is a crown of righteousness i.e. "Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day [see When Will You Be Judged?], and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Timothy 4:8 RSV)

Light

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight; for I give you good precepts: do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live [see Choose Life!]; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."

Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble [see Stumbling Blocks]. Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn [see Awaken To The Light], which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Take heed to the path of your feet [see Not All That Glitters Is Gold], then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil." (Proverbs 4:1-27 RSV)

Fact Finder: How does true wisdom begin and grow?
See The Process Of Conversion


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