Proverbs – Wisdom

Notes on Wisdom from the book of Proverbs. It is important to replace ignorance with knowledge & wisdom.

Respect & Wisdom

Respect for god will lead to wisdom;
for understanding words of insight;
in doing what is right and just and fair;
providing knowledge and discretion to the young;
guidance for the discerning;
understanding riddles, proverbs & parables.

Wisdom Will Save You

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men;
from men whose words are perverse;
from walking in dark ways;
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil;
and who are devious in their ways.

Bread & Wine

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

Pay Attention To What You Are Doing

My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
keep them within your heart;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
fix your gaze directly before you.
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

Get Wisdom At Any Cost

Find Wisdom at any cost
Though it cost all you have get understanding.

If You Slipped

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Things God Hates

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

The Father & Mother

My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
For this command is a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
are the way to life,
keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

Wisdom & Insight Will Keep you from the Devil

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
They will keep you from the adulterous woman

Don’t turn to the Deceiver

Now then, my sons, listen to me;
Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.

More Valuable Than Gold

Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Find Me

“Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
For those who find me find life
But those who fail to find me harm themselves;

Avoid Mockers & The Wicked – Help the Wise

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Folly & Ignorance

Folly is an unruly woman;
she is simple and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way,
“Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.