Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 1

Posted: January 1, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenOne of my goals for 2015 is – as it often is – to be closer to God on December 31, 2015 than I am today.

One sure fire way to do that is to spend time in God’s word every day.

So, I decided to kick off the year by studying the Proverbs – why not start off the new year with some wisdom? It makes sense – 31 proverbs and 31 days in January and it is not too overwhelming.

I also thought it would be a great idea to help others with their first of the year excitement and renewed desire to spend more time in God’s word by doing a massive – or whatever passes for massive around here – group bible study.

As a part of that, I am also going to step out and do something else that I have never done – post for 31 straight days!

YIKES! I know, right?

So, here’s the deal, for the next 31 days I am going to post that day’s Proverb with some things I noticed, ideas that occur or questions I have myself. I will also provide a link to the homepage of Bible Gateway in case you don’t have a hard copy of your own to read. I am not affiliated with Bible Gateway at all so if you have another site you wan t use – by all means – do whatever helps you study God’s word and get closer to him.

For the bulk of my bible study this year, I have decided to use the Holman Christian Standard – that does not mean you cannot use whatever you’re comfortable with.

The thing I like about BG is that it has a feature that allows you to select multiple versions of the same passage and see how it compares across translations.

I am going to invite some people that are well versed in scripture as well as some people I know are men – and perhaps a few women – of faith to weigh in and give a different perspctive so we can all learn and grow.

What do you say? If you’re in – leave a comment about today’s proverb and perhaps a short Bio – it does not have to bee too much info – and if you don;t want to comment for whatever reasson that’s fine but I’d love to know that we’re taking this tri together.

I’ll be here every day this month so if you’re reading this I hope you will join me.

Proverbs 1 – Holman (You can change this at BG)

The Purpose of Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,[a]
knowledge and discretion to a young man—
a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
for understanding a proverb or a parable,[b]
the words of the wise, and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Avoid the Path of the Violent

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching,
for they will be a garland of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
don’t be persuaded.
11 If they say—“Come with us!
Let’s set an ambush and kill someone.[c]
Let’s attack some innocent person just for fun![d]
12 Let’s swallow them alive, like Sheol,
still healthy as they go down to the Pit.
13 We’ll find all kinds of valuable property
and fill our houses with plunder.
14 Throw in your lot with us,
and we’ll all share our money”[e]
15 my son, don’t travel that road with them
or set foot on their path,
16 because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder.[f]
17 It is foolish to spread a net
where any bird can see it,
18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves;[g]
they attack their own lives.
19 Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly;
it takes the lives of those who receive it.[h]

Wisdom’s Plea

20 Wisdom calls out in the street;
she raises her voice in the public squares.
21 She cries out above[i] the commotion;
she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
22 “How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance?
How long will you mockers enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge?
23 If you respond to my warning,[j]
then I will pour out my spirit on you
and teach you my words.
24 Since I called out and you refused,
extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25 since you neglected all my counsel
and did not accept my correction,
26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity.
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
28 Then they will call me, but I won’t answer;
they will search for me, but won’t find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge,
didn’t choose to fear the Lord,
30 were not interested in my counsel,
and rejected all my correction,
31 they will eat the fruit of their way
and be glutted with their own schemes.
32 For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me will live securely
and be free from the fear of danger.”

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 1:4 Or simple, or gullible
  2. Proverbs 1:6 Or an enigma
  3. Proverbs 1:11 Lit Let’s ambush for blood
  4. Proverbs 1:11 Lit person for no reason
  5. Proverbs 1:14 Lit us; one bag will be for all of us
  6. Proverbs 1:16 Lit to shed blood
  7. Proverbs 1:18 Lit they ambush for their blood
  8. Proverbs 1:19 Lit takes the life of its masters
  9. Proverbs 1:21 Lit at the head of
  10. Proverbs 1:23 Lit back to my reprimand

 

My Thoughts

For me, I noticed that from verse 20 to the end, Solomon is saying wisdom will cry out for people to turn to it and that by turning to wisdom they will “ live securely
and be free from the fear of danger.” The thing that stands out to me there is the similarity between “wisdom’s” plea for people to accept her invitation and the Gospel itself.  God is calling us ALL every day and so many resufe to listen or to hear or believe the truth and as a result “…the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.”  If this is YOU I beg you to heed Wisdom’s call and God’s plea – don’t let them turn their backs on you.

 

See how easy that was? Now, I have some other thoughts too but I wanted to get the ball rolling – whoa! Here it comes – now it’s your turn. What do you see in Proverbs 1? Leave a comment below.
Comments
  1. I like your goal. There is a lot of content to ponder in each Chapter. Verse 7 is the beginning.

    Best of luck for your goal. i will be following.

    Regards and good will blogging.

    • mickholt says:

      You’re right – almost too much to ponder in such a short time frame. I might expand it beyond 31 Jan. Maybe look at smaller bits over a longer period of time. 7 IS a solid verse. Sums up a lot of what the entire collection is about.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting – look forward to your input.

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