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Monday, February 4 2013
Proverbs: The Way Of The Wise
The Book of Proverbs is an instruction on how to make right choices, not merely as a matter of knowledge, but of understanding. Wisdom begins with the humility and honesty to acknowledge that the Creator exists, for "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (see The Only Place That Denies God's Existence).
"1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The Proverbs are a collection of Scriptural wisdom for everyday living. The "heart" of the Proverbs is based upon the "heart" of the LORD, the "life-blood" Spirit that flows to the emotions and intellect of God's people.
"2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
Studies For The Book Of Proverbs
Fact Finder: "2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things" (Proverbs 2:12). What does "froward" mean?
This Day In History, February 4
211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus died at Eboracum (now York, England) during a campaign against the Caledonians. He was succeeded by his sons, Caracalla (reigned 211-217) and Geta (reigned 211) (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1194: Richard I ("Richard Lion Heart") of England was freed from captivity in Germany where he had been held as the prisoner of Holy Roman Emperor Heinreich ("Henry") VI (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1441: Pope Eugene IV published the encyclical Cantante domino. It proclaimed that the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church contains the 66 protocanonical books (i.e. the complete "Protestant" Bible) and 12 deuterocanonical ("apocryphal") books (see also Apocryphal Means Not Authoritative).
1783: An earthquake killed 50,000 people in Italy.
1783: England officially proclaimed an end to hostilities with its rebellious colonies in New England.
1787: Shay's Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers, failed.
1797: An earthquake killed 40,000 people in Ecuador.
1861: After some of his relatives were lynched, Chief Cochise began the 25 year Apache war with the US Army.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
1915: At the beginning of the First World War, the first Canadian troops arrived in Europe and entered battle at Flanders. Among them was a Canadian Army doctor, John McCrae (1872-1918), who while serving on the front lines, wrote In Flanders Fields, a poem made famous after the war (McCrae did not survive the war and ironically became among those that he wrote about in his poem).
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
1924: Mahatma Gandhi was released after spending 2 years in jail in Bombay.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin began meetings at the Soviet Black Sea port of Yalta; they agreed to demand Germany's unconditional surrender, to try its leaders as war criminals, and to share the occupation of Germany with France.
1969: Yasser Arafat became chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
1974: Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the "Symbionese Liberation Army" in California.
1976: An earthquake killed 23,000 people in Guatemala; 1,500,000 homes were destroyed.
1992: A coup d'etat led by Hugo Chavez overthrew Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.
1997: 73 Israeli soldiers were killed when 2 Sikorsky transport helicopters collided while ferrying troops to Lebanon. It was Israel's worst military aircraft disaster.
2003: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially renamed as Serbia and Montenegro.