Saturday, June 12, 2010

Project 4:4--Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven

Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven, Proverbs

Purpose of the Proverbs:

Prov. 1:1-7

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.

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


Fear of the Lord:

Prov. 9:10-12

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.


Trust in God or self:

Prov. 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.


Divine providence

Prov. 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps.


Wisdom and folly

Prov. 16:22

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,
but folly brings punishment to fools.


Dealing with fools

Prov. 26:4-11

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.

Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like an archer who wounds at random
is he who hires a fool or any passer-by

As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.


Discernment and understanding

Prov. 16:16

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver!


Knowledge

Prov. 23:12

Apply your heart to instruction
And your ears to words of knowledge.

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