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Proverb A Day, Proverb 2 [Prayer and Meditation]
Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon

Posted on 06/02/2017 8:53:06 AM PDT by OneVike

Proverb 2 (NKJV)

The Value of Wisdom
01 My son, if you receive my words,
00 And treasure my commands within you,
02 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
00 And apply your heart to understanding;
03 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
00 And lift up your voice for understanding,
04 If you seek her as silver,
00 And search for her as for hidden treasures;
05 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
00 And find the knowledge of God.
06 For the LORD gives wisdom;
00 From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
07 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
00 He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
08 He guards the paths of justice,
00 And preserves the way of His saints.
09 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
00 Equity and every good path.

10 When wisdom enters your heart,
00 And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you;
00 Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
00 From the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
00 To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
00 And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
00 And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
00 From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
00 And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
00 And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
00 Nor do they regain the paths of life--
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
00 And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
00 And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
00 And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs was 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. .

Of the 31 Proverbs, only the first 24 were written by Solomon. King Hezekiah wrote 5, Proverbs 25 to 29, Agur wrote Proverb 30, and Lemuel wrote Proverb 31. Now many believe Lemuel was in fact King Solomon and Lemuel was just a nick name his Mother, Bathsheba gave him. We are told that Solomon write over 3000 Proverbs and composed 1000 songs, but the only Proverbs God decided to preserve for us are Proverbs 1-24. Like the New Testament epistle by James, it is impossible to get a chronological outline for a study since they all bounce from subject to subject..

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. In the Months that have 30 days, or in the case of February, I just double up by reading more than one two proverb so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.

TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: bible; christ; god; proverbaday
The faith to believe the scriptures is within each and every human being. However, God’s wisdom must be believed by faith. Once it is believed and received by faith, a whole new world of our God is open to us. Jesus comes into our spirit and changes us, and that is when we begin our journey in the development of a relationship with our heavenly Father. It is then that the scriptures become a "treasure of good sense".

When you become a born again Christian believer, the treasure of God is opened unto you. All the treasures of His mind ore now available for you to use. Like a treasure hunter who is searching for treasures, once you find it, you cease to be a hunter, and you begin your journey as a collector of that which you found. When you find Christ, you begin your journey of collecting His treasure of knowledge, which is "The mind of God." 1Corinthians 1:30

I know people who dismiss the Bible by claiming, "It’s for the weak”. A certain Governor is famous for claiming that, “It is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." Years ago that statement make me mad. Now it makes me sick. These people are blind. they truly cannot see. Today I feel as Jesus did when He was on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

As we seek to know the Lord and do His will He protects us. He becomes our shield. He protects those who seek to walk in integrity. He takes care of us. He guards the paths of justice for His children. Injustice runs rampant in this world. And it comes to the house of God’s children, too. And when it does, if we will handle it with integrity and trust in the Lord, He will ultimately vindicate the righteous.

We have all experienced injustice. I have seen many injustices throughout my life against others and even had many directed at myself. I have been lied to and lied about. I have been misquoted, misunderstood and maligned. I have been cheated, shortchanged and disrespected. I have been used. And I must confess there were times where I wanted to retaliate against those injustices. What happened to me was wrong. They say it takes more of a man to walk away from a fight than it does to give in to one. Sadly I admit I have retaliated against many by getting into fights, which I win and lost a few, but once I met Christ I had a change of heart.

When the time of man expires and all is revealed, God’s justice for His children will prevail. Until then we must trust in Him at all things. It’s difficult when things happen in our lives that we don’t have answers for. We wonder, “Why? Where are you Lord when I need you the most?” I'm reminded of the footprints in the sand poem, where we ultimately learn that Christ was always there for us. It's just that at the times we thought we were alone, we were not. The one set of footprints in the and were not ours. Instead they belonged to Christ. He was carrying us through the trials and tribulations that life brings our way. So I no longer fight against the hate, and injustices as I did when I was younger, I now give it to Christ, and let Him fight my battles. It is but one of the things that comes to us as we gain the Wisdom of God.

1 posted on 06/02/2017 8:53:06 AM PDT by OneVike
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2 posted on 06/02/2017 8:53:53 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a humble Christian waiting to go home)
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I like Verses 10 through the end of this Psalm.....a lot of hope there.

3 posted on 06/02/2017 9:24:57 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: OneVike

Oops. I like Verses 10 through the end of this Proverb.....a lot of hope there.

4 posted on 06/02/2017 9:26:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

If I had a dollar for every time I wish I read something over before I hit enter and post, I would not have a worry in the world.

5 posted on 06/02/2017 9:42:32 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a humble Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
00 From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;


6 posted on 06/02/2017 11:37:32 AM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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