Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 4

Posted: January 4, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

 

 

A Father’s Example

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline,
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
for I am giving you good instruction.
Don’t abandon my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
tender and precious to my mother,
he taught me and said:
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;
love her, and she will guard you.
Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom.
And whatever else you get, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
if you embrace her, she will honor you.
She will place a garland of grace on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.”

Two Ways of Life

10 Listen, my son. Accept my words,
and you will live many years.
11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.
Guard it, for it is your life.
14 Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked;
don’t proceed in the way of evil ones.
15 Avoid it; don’t travel on it.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
16 For they can’t sleep
unless they have done what is evil;
they are robbed of sleep
unless they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19 But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom;
they don’t know what makes them stumble.

The Straight Path

20 My son, pay attention to my words;
listen closely to my sayings.
21 Don’t lose sight of them;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Guard your heart above all else,[a]
for it is the source of life.
24 Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly,
and don’t let your lips talk deviously.
25 Let your eyes look forward;
fix your gaze[b] straight ahead.
26 Carefully consider the path[c] for your feet,
and all your ways will be established.
27 Don’t turn to the right or to the left;
keep your feet away from evil.

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 4:23 Or heart with all diligence
  2. Proverbs 4:25 Lit eyelids
  3. Proverbs 4:26 Or Clear a path

My Thoughts

When I read this passage I focus on verse 7 – ” Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.” This always seemed like a good idea and an even better quest. Get wisdom and get understanding – OK, so, where does one find wisdom where does one find understanding? Well, one asks God – of course.

In doing so, I was lead to a single scripture in Job. Verse 28:28 says, ” He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding.’” So, to get wisdom means to “fear” God – I believe “fear” in this case means to respect and understanding means to “turn from evil.”

Respect God and turn away from evil. Should be how we live anyway, right?

Two other things I noticed, in the Holman version, Solomon warns his son – the readers – 11 times. He says “don’t” do this “don’t” do that and he does that in the space of 27 verses.

I also looked at the NIV and was struck by the words used in verse 24,  “keep you mouth free from perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your mouth.” As a comedian trying to honor God with the “words” I use it is very important and it reflects on me and God that I choose my words very carefully.

 

So, did anything jump out at you today? A particular verse make you smile or make you feel convicted? Let’s talk about it.

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