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“May you and I really believe the Lord is the only one who truly knows it all.” <>< Dona (09/01/20)

Please read Proverbs 1 through 5.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Proverbs 1 Theme

Encouragement to seek God’s wisdom (v. 1-6).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the only one who really knows it all is You (v. 7).

Something to think about

Wisdom is more than just us knowing a lot. It’s about honoring and respecting God, living in awe of His power and obeying and applying His Word to our life.

Something to experience

Faith in God should be what guides us. We can truly be wise only if we trust in God. Children need parents that are godly examples (v. 8-9). We all need to stay away from those who are trying to lead us astray (v. 10, 15). Instead we should turn to the Lord and seek His wisdom.  He will then pour out His spirit on us and make known His Word to us (v. 23). Whoever listens to the Lord’s wisdom will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm (v. 33).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 1:1-6 1The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding; to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young man: that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel: to understand a proverb and parables, the words and riddles of the wise.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:8-9 My son, listen to your father’s instruction, and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching: for they will be a garland to grace your head, and chains around your neck.

Proverbs 1:10, 15 1My son, if sinners entice you, don’t consent. … 15 My son, don’t walk on the path with them.  Keep your foot from their path.

Proverbs 1:23 Turn at My (the Lord’s) reproof.  Behold, I will pour out My spirit on you.  I will make known My words to you.

Proverbs 1:33 … whoever listens to Me (the Lord) will dwell securely, and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”

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Proverbs 2 Theme

Benefits of wisdom.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, if we earnestly and diligently seek for Your wisdom we will find it (v. 1-5).

Something to think about

The Lord stores up wisdom for the upright.  He protects those whose walk is blameless (v. 6-7).  So He can guard the paths of the just and preserve the way of His faithful ones (v. 8). 

Something to experience

The Lord gives wisdom not for us to just randomly walk through life, but so we can live upright lives and walk blamelessly before Him.  If wisdom, knowledge, discretion and understanding are a part of our life they will deliver us from the way of evil (v. 10-12). And we will dwell in the land and remain in it (v. 21).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 2:1-5 1 My son, if you will receive My words, and store up My commandments within you, so as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures: then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:6-7 For the Lord gives wisdom.  Out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  He lays up sound wisdom for the upright.  He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

Proverbs 2:8 (So) that He may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of His saints.

Proverbs 2:10-12 10 For wisdom will enter into your heart.  Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  11 Discretion will watch over you.  Understanding will keep you, 12 to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things,

Proverbs 2:21 For the upright will dwell in the land.  The perfect will remain in it.

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Proverbs 3 Theme

Rewards from God’s wisdom.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, keeping Your commandments will lengthen our life (v. 1b-2).

Something to think about

We should be open to what God’s Word says.  We should be obedient to God’s Word. We need to always remember what He has said (v.1a)

Something to experience

God’s wisdom is found in His Word.  We should hide it in our heart (v. 1b). We should live it out (v. 3-12).  We need to learn what real wisdom is (v. 13-18).  And once we find wisdom, understanding and discretion hold on to them (v. 21-22). For then we will walk securely and when we lie down, we will not be afraid and we will experience sweet sleep (v. 23-24). We should treat others with compassion and concern (v. 27-30).  We should seek friendship, blessings and grace from the Lord for the wise will inherit glory (v. 32-35).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 3:1-2 1 My son, don’t forget My teaching; but let your heart keep My commandments: for they will add to you length of days, years of life, and peace.

Proverbs 3:3-4 Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you.  Bind them around your neck.  Write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:7-8 Don’t be wise in your own eyes.  Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase: 10 so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 3:11-12 11 My son, don’t despise the Lord’s discipline, neither be weary of His correction; 12 for whom the Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 3:13-18 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gets understanding.  14 For her (wisdom’s) good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.15 She is more precious than rubies.  None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.  16 Length of days is in her right hand.  In her left hand are riches and honor.  17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness.  All her paths are peace.  18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her.  Happy is everyone who retains her.

Proverbs 3:21-22 21 My son, let them (wisdom and understanding) not depart from your eyes.  Keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 so they will be life to your soul, and grace for your neck.

Proverbs 3:23-24 23 Then you shall walk in your way securely.  Your foot won’t stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid.  Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:27-30 27 Don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it to you,” when you have it by you.  29 Don’t devise evil against your neighbor, since he dwells securely by you.  30 Don’t strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

Proverbs 3:32-35 32 For the perverse is an abomination to the Lord, but His (the Lord’s) friendship is with the upright.  33 The Lord’s curse is in the house of the wicked, but He blesses the habitation of the righteous.  34 Surely He mocks the mockers, but He gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise will inherit glory, but shame will be the promotion of fools.

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Proverbs 4 Theme

Wisdom is Supreme, therefore get wisdom (v. 7a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the most important lesson parents can teach their children is that wisdom comes from You (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Though wisdom can be passed on from generation to generation, ultimately all wisdom comes from God.  As parents we can only urge our children to turn to the Lord (v. 3-4). 

Something to experience

God’s Word is like a loving parent to us. We can learn from the Scriptures and then create a legacy of wisdom as we teach what we learn to our own children (v. 4). We and our children can determine to search continually for God’s wisdom no matter how difficult the path (v. 5-7). We should take a firm hold of instruction for she is our life (v. 13). We need to guard our heart and control our desires.  We need to look straight ahead and keep our eyes on our goal and not be sidetracked by sin (v. 18, 20-27).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 4:1-2 1 Listen, sons, to a father’s instruction. Pay attention and know understanding; for I give you sound learning.  Don’t forsake my law.

Proverbs 4:3-4 For I was a son to my father, tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.  He taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words.  Keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom.  Get understanding.  Don’t forget, and don’t deviate from the words of my mouth.  Don’t forsake her, and she will preserve you.  Love her, and she will keep you.  Wisdom is supreme.  Get wisdom.  Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:13 13 Take firm hold of instruction.  Don’t let her go.  Keep her, for she is your life.   

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light that shines more and more until the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:20-27 20 My son, attend to my words.  Turn your ear to my sayings.  21 Let them not depart from your eyes.  Keep them in the center of your heart.  22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to their whole body. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.  24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth.  Put corrupt lips far from you.  25 Let your eyes look straight ahead.  Fix your gaze directly before you.  26 Make the path of your feet level.  Let all of your ways be established. 27 Don’t turn to the right hand nor to the left.  Remove your foot from evil.

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Proverbs 5 Theme

A call to faithfulness (v 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the ways of an adulteress lead down a crooked, dangerous, deadly path (v .3-6).

Something to think about

But when a man listens to godly wisdom he will stay far from the unfaithful (v. 7-8).

Something to experience

As Christians we should rejoice with our spouse and be captivated with marital love (v. 18-19).  And remember the Lord’s eyes are always upon us (v. 21).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 5:1-2 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom.  Turn your ear to my understanding, that you may maintain discretion, that your lips may preserve knowledge. 

Proverbs 5:3-6 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey.  Her mouth is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death.  Her steps lead straight to Sheol. She gives no thought to the way of life.  Her ways are crooked, and she doesn’t know it.

Proverbs 5:7-8   Now therefore, my sons, listen to me.  Don’t depart from the words of my mouth.  Remove your way far from her.  Don’t come near the door of her house.

Proverbs 5:18-19 18 Let your spring be blessed.  Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 …  Be captivated always with her love.

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the Lord’s eyes.  He examines all his paths.

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Prayer

Lord, I ask You to make known to us Your Word (Proverbs 1:23).  Lord, I pray we will store up Your commandments within our heart (Proverbs 2:1). Lord, I ask You to guard our path and preserve the way for us (Proverbs 2:8). Lord, I pray we will trust in You with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.  I pray in all our ways we will acknowledge You and then You will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Lord, I pray we will fear You and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7-8).  Lord, I pray wisdom, understanding and discretion will stay near us (Proverbs 3:21-22). Lord, I pray we will walk securely along Your way (Proverbs 3:23). Lord, I pray we will not be afraid.  When we lie down I pray our sleep will be sweet (Proverbs 3:24).  Lord, I pray we will be compassionate and kind to everyone (Psalm 3:27-30). Lord, I ask You to be our friend, to bless us and to give us grace (Proverbs 3:32-35).  Lord, I pray we will obey You completely (Proverbs 4:5). Lord, I pray we will keep Your Word in the center of our heart (Proverbs 4:21). Lord, I pray we will not depart from Your Word (Proverbs 5:7). Lord, I pray we will be captivated by the love we have for our spouse (Proverbs 5:18).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I keep God’s Word in the center of our heart.” <>< Dona