• Thoughts on Proverbs Chapter One

    At the beginning of November Pastor Riko challenged the Trek and Journey Awana youth to read a chapter of Proverbs each day and to the write a few sentences about what they had read. Though we are now 10 days into November I plan to do this along with them. I thought that posting these thoughts on the churches website might encourage some of the youth to read along with me and perhaps post some of their ideas here as well in the comments. This is a great exercise and a way to begin reading from your bibles everyday. Beginning with Proverbs and continuing on in the months to come. The link below will open the Chapter.

    New International Version

    Purpose and Theme

    1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
    2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
      for understanding words of insight;
    3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
       doing what is right and just and fair;
    4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
       knowledge and discretion to the young—
    5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
       and let the discerning get guidance—
    6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
       the sayings and riddles of the wise.
    7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
       but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

    8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
      and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
    9 They are a garland to grace your head
       and a chain to adorn your neck.
    10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
       do not give in to them.
    11 If they say, “Come along with us;
       let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
       let’s ambush some harmless soul;
    12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
    13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
       and fill our houses with plunder;
    14 cast lots with us;
       we will all share the loot”—
    15 my son, do not go along with them,
      do not set foot on their paths;
    16 for their feet rush into evil,
      they are swift to shed blood.
    17 How useless to spread a net
      where every bird can see it!
    18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
       they ambush only themselves!
    19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
      it takes away the life of those who get it.

    Wisdom’s Rebuke

    20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
      she raises her voice in the public square;
    21 on top of the wall she cries out,
       at the city gate she makes her speech:
    22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
      How long will mockers delight in mockery
      and fools hate knowledge?
    23 Repent at my rebuke!
      Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
      I will make known to you my teachings.
    24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
      and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
    25 since you disregard all my advice
       and do not accept my rebuke,
    26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
       I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
    27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
       when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
       when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
    28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
       they will look for me but will not find me,
    29 since they hated knowledge
       and did not choose to fear the LORD.
    30 Since they would not accept my advice
       and spurned my rebuke,
    31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
       and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
    32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
       and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
    33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
       and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

    The first chapter of proverbs deals with wisdom and using wisdom to avoid being tempted by others.

    2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
        for understanding words of insight;
    3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
        doing what is right and just and fair;
    Here Solomon separates wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is what we learn but wisdom shows us how we must act. Being instructed in good behavior and in doing what we know is right.
    8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
    9 They are a garland to grace your head
         and a chain to adorn your neck.
    In verses 8 and 9 Solomon tells us where we will first begin to gain this wisdom. He then continues to explain how we must use this wisdom to avoid temptations before us. We will all be tempted throughout our lives but our wisdom is the shield protecting us from the temptations of others and those temptations we place in front of ourselves.
    20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
          she raises her voice in the public square;
    21 on top of the wall she cries out,
          at the city gate she makes her speech:
    As we get older our Godly wisdom grows. The first chapter of Proverbs ends by telling us that if we use our wisdom and do what is right, just, and fair we can live in safety and without fear. If we are wise we can avoid the situations that make our lives more difficult, we can avoid bad and dangerous situations, and we can live at ease.
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