Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 2

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenOK, here’s day two:

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Proverbs 2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Wisdom’s Worth

1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely[a] to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up success[b] for the upright;
He is a shield for those who live with integrity
so that He may guard the paths of justice
and protect the way of His loyal followers.
Then you will understand righteousness, justice,
and integrity—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your mind,
and knowledge will delight your heart.
11 Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you,
12 rescuing you from the way of evil—
from the one who says perverse things,
13 from those who abandon the right paths
to walk in ways of darkness,
14 from those who enjoy doing evil
and celebrate perversion,
15 whose paths are crooked,
and whose ways are devious.
16 It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,
from a stranger[c] with her flattering talk,
17 who abandons the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18 for her house sinks down to death
and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.
19 None return who go to her;
none reach the paths of life.
20 So follow the way of good people,
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those of integrity will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous uprooted from it.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 2:2 Lit you, stretching out your ear
  2. Proverbs 2:7 Or resourcefulness
  3. Proverbs 2:16 Or foreign woman

 

My Thoughts

To me, one interesting thing is how this wraps up with another warning about our failure to seek wisdom and how that parallels the danger of failing to seek Christ. I love how he opens and appeals to our materialistic side comparing our search for money – he says silver – to how our lives could be if we searched for wisdom with the same enthusiasm.

This proverb always reminds me of a line from Job – “He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding.’ (Job 28;28).” When we understand what “wisdom” really is – the fear of the Lord – it makes searching for a bit easier.

What do you think? What jumped out at you?
Comments
  1. Eric Leonard says:

    He is a shield for his loyal followers, v 7,8,….

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