The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. —Proverbs 1:1-8

 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” —Proverbs 1:29-33

 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. — Proverbs 3:13:15

            The promises of Proverbs:

  • To know wisdom
  • To know instruction
  • To understand words of insight
  • To receive instruction in wise dealing
  • To receive instruction in righteousness
  • To receive instruction in justice
  • To receive instruction in equity
  • To give prudence to the simple
  • To give knowledge to the youth
  • To give knowledge discretion to the youth
  • To hear and increase in learning
  • To understand and receive guidance
  • To understand a proverb
  • To understand a saying
  • To understand words of the wise
  • To understand the riddles of the wise

The fear of the Lord (proper view of Him and a desire to do His will) is the very beginning and foundation of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and instruction. They are unteachable. What a joy to have a godly father and mother who passes on their instruction and teaching they have acquired from the Lord. They need to be heeded!

            Proverbs is a great book to return again and again to help us learn what it means to really live a life pleasing to our Lord. So let us do so! What we find in this book is more precious than material wealth!

Dear Father may I be faithful in applying Your Word to my life. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.   So be it!

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