Proverbs 1

Week 1 – Proverbs 1

Today is day 1 of diving deep into the book of Proverbs, and we will start off with chapter 1. So let us read Proverbs.

  1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
  2. To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
  3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
  4. To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
  5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
  6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
  7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but foolsdespise wisdom and instruction.
  8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
  9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
  10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
  11. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
  12. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
  13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
  14. Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
  15. My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
  16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
  17. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
  18. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
  19. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
  20. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
  21. She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
  22. How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
  23. Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
  24. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
  25. But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
  26. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
  27. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
  28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
  29. For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
  30. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
  31. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
  32. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
  33. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Section 1 – The Purpose of the book of Proverbs (verse 1 – 9)

In the first 9 verses of this chapter we read why the book of Proverbs is so important. The following verses really emphasise this fact.

  • To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; (verse 2 – 3)
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (verse 7)

We also learn that it is very beneficial to us to gain wisdom. In verses 2 – 6 it actually shows us how we will benefit from it.

  • To know wisdom and instruction
  • Perceive the words of understanding
  • Gives subtilty to the simple
  • Gives knowledge and discretion
  • Increase learning
  • Attain unto wise counsels
  • To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

WOW! I don’t know about you, but if these are the benefits of wisdom, and wisdom can be gained by reading the book of Proverbs. Then sign me up!

Verse 8 and 9 takes a little bit of a turn and speaks directly to kids on the importance of listening to their parents. You will actually see through the book of Proverbs how this becomes a recurring theme. I look at this in two ways. It is important for kids to listen and obey their parents. But parents, it is important to teach and discipline your children. Verse 7 says that fools despise wisdom and instruction. Think about it… Kids can’t obey instructions that they haven’t received.

Section 2 – Peer Pressure (verse 10 – 19)

Peer pressure is a big problem in schools. I personally think that no kid can say that he never buckled under peer pressure. We all were there at some stage of our life. In fact, I remember how I was pressured by my former boss to do things that are unethical in a corporate company I worked for a long time ago. I stood strong and didn’t cave in. But things got worse when I had to testify against my boss later on when he got caught. My point is that we sometimes think that peer pressure is something only teenagers go through. But that is far from the truth. We all are being pressured to do things that we sometimes don’t want to do.

Verse 10 and verse 15 really tells us to be strong and stand for what is right.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (verse 10)

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (verse 15)

Verse 17 to 19 warns us of what happens to someone who is trying to pressure someone to do evil. It gives us enough reason to stay strong and do what is right.

Section 3 – The Choice to Listen to Wisdom (verse 20 – 33)

God never forces Himself onto us. We have a choice to follow Him. Isn’t that the core of John 3:16?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

That is how awesome God is. He gives us eternal life, but He gives us the choice whether we want it or not. The same with wisdom. God gave us wisdom through His Word, then He gives us the choice to listen to it or not. We read this in verses 31 to 33.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

I want to take you back to section 1. Even though your child has the choice to listen to God’s wisdom or not, it is important to make them aware of the great benefits of taking God’s wisdom to heart.

I end of with verse 7:

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

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