• Proverbs Chapters 2 and 3

    Proverbs 2 & 3

    Throughout November there will be days I read 2 chapters. Days such as today when chapters 2 and 3 are both so short. This way I will be able to get caught up with the readings before the end of the month.




    Moral Benefits of Wisdom

    1   My son, if you accept my words
          and store up my commands within you,
    2  turning your ear to wisdom
          and applying your heart to understanding—
    3  indeed, if you call out for insight
          and cry aloud for understanding,
    4  and if you look for it as for silver
          and search for it as for hidden treasure,
    5   then you will understand the fear of the Lord
          and find the knowledge of God.
    6  For the Lord gives wisdom;
          from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
    7  He holds success in store for the upright,
          he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
    8  for he guards the course of the just
          and protects the way of his faithful ones.

    9  Then you will understand what is right and just
          and fair—every good path.
    10  For wisdom will enter your heart,
          and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
    11  Discretion will protect you,
          and understanding will guard you.

    12  Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
          from men whose words are perverse,
    13  who have left the straight paths
          to walk in dark ways,
    14  who delight in doing wrong
          and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
    15  whose paths are crooked
          and who are devious in their ways.

    16  Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
          from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
    17  who has left the partner of her youth
          and ignored the covenant she made before God.
    18   Surely her house leads down to death
          and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
    19  None who go to her return
          or attain the paths of life.

    20  Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
          and keep to the paths of the righteous.
    21  For the upright will live in the land,
          and the blameless will remain in it;
    22  but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
          and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

    Again in chapter 2 Solomon delves into wisdom and calls it the "knowledge of God." Solomon tells us that we should look for wisdom as for silver or hidden treasure. Jesus told us in Matthew 6 that what we treasure is what will fill our hearts.

    Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

    so it makes sense for us all to treasure the wisdom of God.

    10  For wisdom will enter your heart,
          and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

     

    Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

    1   My son, do not forget my teaching,
          but keep my commands in your heart,
    2   for they will prolong your life many years
          and bring you peace and prosperity.

    3   Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
          bind them around your neck,
          write them on the tablet of your heart.
    4   Then you will win favor and a good name
          in the sight of God and man.

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

    7   Do not be wise in your own eyes;
          fear the Lord and shun evil.
    8   This will bring health to your body
          and nourishment to your bones.

    9   Honor the Lord with your wealth,
          with the firstfruits of all your crops;
    10   then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
          and your vats will brim over with new wine.

    11   My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
          and do not resent his rebuke,
    12   because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
          as a father the son he delights in.

    13   Blessed are those who find wisdom,
          those who gain understanding,
    14   for she is more profitable than silver
          and yields better returns than gold.
    15   She is more precious than rubies;
          nothing you desire can compare with her.
    16   Long life is in her right hand;
          in her left hand are riches and honor.
    17   Her ways are pleasant ways,
          and all her paths are peace.
    18   She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
          those who hold her fast will be blessed.

    19   By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
          by understanding he set the heavens in place;
    20   by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
          and the clouds let drop the dew.

    21   My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
          preserve sound judgment and discretion;
    22   they will be life for you,
          an ornament to grace your neck.
    23   Then you will go on your way in safety,
          and your foot will not stumble.
    24   When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
          when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
    25   Have no fear of sudden disaster
          or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
    26   for the Lord will be at your side
          and will keep your foot from being snared.

    27   Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
          when it is in your power to act.
    28   Do not say to your neighbor,
          “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
          when you already have it with you.
    29   Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
          who lives trustfully near you.
    30   Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
          when they have done you no harm.

    31   Do not envy the violent
          or choose any of their ways.

    32   For the Lord detests the perverse
          but takes the upright into his confidence.
    33   The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
          but he blesses the home of the righteous.
    34   He mocks proud mockers
          but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
    35   The wise inherit honor,
          but fools get only shame.

    In chapter 3 Solomon tells us that seeking wisdom will help us to live longer. More than just good words, using wisdom will directly increase your lifespan. Living a wise and good life will limit stress you may feel. Stress increases the risk of heart disease, sleeping disorders, and countless other maladies.

    Again Jesus tells us:

    Matthew 6:25  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"
     

    Solomon and Jesus both tell us to not "stress out". I for one see the wisdom and wish to eliminate stress from my life. I can see how simply using the wisdom God gives us can remove the things which cause me stress. I am not perfect but I can work towards being wise in all things.

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