Today I read Proverbs 9-10
Proverbs 9 starts with a passage about The Way of Wisdom.
Vs 1. Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. This could be talking about seven literal pillars. Vs. 6 Leave your simple ways and live and walk in the way of insight. This is referring to wisdom being a choice.
Vs. 7 this part of chapter 9 goes on to explain who you should give wisdom to. Reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will increase in learning.
Right in the middle of chapter 9 is incased the center a wisdom; the fear of the Lord.
Vs. 13 talks about the Way of Folly. Folly is described as a woman, She’s loud, seductive and knows nothing, she sits in high places calling to entice those who are on their straight path.
Next chapter 10 is a proverb of Solomon. A series of proverbs in a pattern of common sense. A way of good sense that describes one opposite of another. A positive and a negative.
A wise son (subject) Makes a glad father (resolve)
But (opposite) a foolish son (subject and opposite) is a sorrow to his mother.
Vs 2 Treasures gained (subject) by wickedness do not profit. (result)
But (Opposite) righteousness (subject) delivers from death (resolve)
One more: vs 3 The Lord (subject) does not let the righteous go hungry (resolve
But (Opposite) he (subject) thwarts the craving of the wicked. (result)
Sorry, one more because the next one speaks to me.
Vs 4 a slack hand (subject) causes poverty (result)
But (opposite) the hand of the diligent (subject) makes rich (resolve)
Each proverb is written in this way to help give two perspectives in hopes the reader will understand the difference in of both outcomes i.e. one who uses wisdom vs. the one who is a fool. And what can be applied when using wisdom? It all starts with the Fear of the Lord. Let’s go on and apply this principle.
Vs. 5 He who gathers in summer (subject) a person who fears the Lord could ask, how do I glorify God? Using my knowledge i know that it’s beneficial to gather in the summer. I will do what’s in right timing because I represent the Father. I am a steward to my father’s field, I will exercise discretion and work hard to please God. And the result? (at the end of vs 5) is a prudent son. But (opposite) he who sleeps in harvest (subject) A person who has no regard to please anyone but himself. A person who is more focused on the hear and now and not being a good steward of what was given. And the result: is a son who brings shame (result)
Each proverb could be read over without much thought, but when you break it down, you’ll notice that the main ingredient to exercising wisdom is the Fear of the Lord.
Wisdom starts with the fear of the Lord but what follows – Blessings.
If you keep laws you will be blessed
If you keep commandments you will be blessed
If you have integrity you will be blessed
If you walk in righteousness you’re a blessing to others
If you walk in Love you’re able to mend offenses
If you walk in understanding (something to strive for) you will be blessed
The wise seek knowledge
It’s clear that Solomon wants the reader to understand how important it is to seek wisdom. And the best part, the Fear of the Lord is the beginning. If you choose to fear the Lord and walk in righteousness, and seek knowledge, holding true to integrity, you will be blessed and be a blessing.
I really enjoyed reading these proverbs because I was able to break down what steps are taken when making a wise decision.