Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 9 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 04/09/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 9 (NKJV)
The Way of Wisdom
01 Wisdom has built her house,
00She has hewn out her seven pillars;
02 She has slaughtered her meat,
00She has mixed her wine,
00She has also furnished her table.
03 She has sent out her maidens,
00She cries out from the highest places of the city,
04 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"
00As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
05 "Come, eat of my bread
00And drink of the wine I have mixed.
06 Forsake foolishness and live,
00And go in the way of understanding.
07 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
00And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
08 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
00Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
09 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
00Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
00And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
00And years of life will be added to you.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
00And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."
The Way of Folly
13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
00She is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house,
00On a seat by the highest places of the city,
15 To call to those who pass by,
00Who go straight on their way:
16 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here";
00And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17 "Stolen water is sweet,
00And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
00That her guests are in the depths of hell.
The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.
Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.
One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.
We the people are to blame, because we ignored God';s guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full wisdom in power, we instead chose those who would scratch our itchy ears to lead us.
Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is to know which Proverb to read. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.
Thanks for the refreshment.
I need to remember this one for my activity here on FR:
07 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,