1:1THE PROVERBS (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of
Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
Proverb: a condensed but
memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true
by many people.(Merriam Webster)
A saying that is:
1. an important fact of experience.
a. The accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct
participation in events or activities.
b. The content of direct observation or participation in an
Experience allows direct participation or direct observation, but
in both cases you had to have been there, either directly involved or as a
direct observer. There is no second hand experience, only second hand
2. taken as true by many people.
a. This saying has been recognized as the truth by most if not all of
the people who have heard it. Many will grudgingly acknowledge the truth even
if they are not willing to walk in the same truth. People recognize it as the
truth, but have hardened their heart against the application of the same in
3. condensed to the core value while retaining enough of the intent to be
reconstituted with some thought and meditation.
4. memorable because it has a strong ring of truth.
Proverbs are truths that require sincere consideration, they are
not directly spelled out to you as instructions and they are obscure enough to
make you seek the intent of the truth.
There are a variety of involvements in any event from which your
“experience” is drawn. The experience becomes stronger after the event as you
reflect upon the details. Every experience can bring a good result if your
shine the Word of God upon it and accept the reflection of God’s truth from it
and not your own personal justifications or worldly wisdom. That which is good
reflects back brightly and that which is evil reflects no light and appears as
a black hole from which nothing returns that goes that way.
people may know skillful and godly
b Wisdom and instruction, discern
the words of understanding and insight,
To know, not know of. To know by first hand
experience, to see skillful and Godly wisdom at
work and recognize it as Godly
wisdom. You recognize those things that you know, and the greater your
knowledge of them, the quicker you will recognize Godly wisdom and instruction
and this recognition will encourage and strengthen your resolve to forge ahead
quickly in the confidence of accomplishing God’s will. The
more often that you exercise skillful and godly wisdom and instruction, the
greater your knowledge and experience of it. This experience of the
results of having applied godly wisdom and instruction brings discernment of
“words of understanding and insight” when they are present, recognition and
3Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise
justice, and integrity,
Receiving is to accept and make it your own. To receive is to;
come into possession of; to be subject to; to perceive something; walk through
the experience with heart wide open; express willingness to have; to welcome
something; to confess something with your words and actions; to regard with favor.
Instructions: are attitudes and steps by which something is to be
Wise dealing: Interaction with yourself and between yourself and
others that is purposefully aimed at fulfilling the will of God, which is to
bring about the Kingdom of God, which is now.
For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and
among you [surrounding you]. Luke 17:21 AMP
The discipline of wise thoughtfulness implies that you make a
conscious decision to apply godly
wisdom and make it the dominant factor in your thoughts, to see all things from God’s perspective.
The discipline of righteousness is one of striving to stay in
right standing according to God’s word. This is not making yourself
subject to the “Law”, rather a continuous appreciation of the total forgiveness
of sin that you accepted when you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior. We have the righteousness of Christ, believe
it and you are in right standing.
righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident
reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe.”
Rom 3:22 AMP
The discipline of justice is one of careful application of Godly
wisdom to all decisions regarding other people. That you apply the same
standards to all whom you deal with, whether family or non family, liked or
disliked, you are fair and just to all with no respecter of persons.
The discipline of integrity implies a rigorous effort to insure the
solidity of all the components of, and the proper use of and placement of all
factors of your reasoning. One element in your reasoning in which you have
compromised by the hardening of your heart or self justification will weaken
the results, this flaw will weaken the integrity.
4That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion,
and discernment to the youth —
Prudence; To consider
the consequences of your actions and decisions beforehand.
Knowledge; Having First hand experience
and not simply information about the subject.
Discretion; The ability
to avoid offering offense.
The word offense originates from a Greek word that refers to “the
bait in the trap”. This is why the original use of this word in English was,
“to offer offense” and “to take offense”, you either bait someone to be in a
state of defense or you have decided to interpret the actions of another person
as being an attack upon your person. Either way, it is the bait to trap you
into a state of defense from which you go on the offense against your presumed
“the accuser of our brethren is cast
down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Rev 12:10 KJV
keenly selective judgment. These are the things that most youth lack. You have to seek them
and you seek them only after you have a fear of God.
5The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person
of understanding will acquire skill and attain
to sound counsel [so that he may
be able to steer his course rightly] — [Prov 9:9.]
Those already having acquired wise thoughtfulness, knowledge,
discretion and discernment will increase the quality of these attributes and
improve their ability to use them.
6That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or
an enigma with its
interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or
7The reverent and worshipful
fear of the Lord is the beginning and the
principal and choice
part of knowledge [its starting
point and its essence];
but fools despise skillful and godly
Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.
It is only in the state of reverent and worshipful fear that we
gain wisdom, outside of this state there is no wisdom.
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