Proverbs 1:15-2:6

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

B. The value of wisdom in preserving from disaster (1:10-33)

A Second lesson From a Father to a Son (1:10-19)

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood (i.e. commit murder), let us lurk privily for (secretly for - let's ambush) the innocent without cause:

12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave (Sheol); and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird (They don't have enough sense to avoid an obvious trap. A bird has more sense than they do).

18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for (secretly for - ambush) their own lives.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners (i.e. possessors) thereof.

Wisdom's Warnings (1:20-33)

20 Wisdom (pictured as a woman) crieth without (i.e. outside); she uttereth her voice in the streets (where everyone may hear):

21 She (i.e. wisdom) crieth in the chief place of concourse (i.e. in public places, public squares, or meeting places), in the openings of the gates (i.e. the city gates): in the city she (i.e. wisdom) uttereth her words, saying,

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners (i.e. scoffers or mockers - those who treat wise counsel with contempt) delight in their scorning (i.e. scoffing or mocking), and fools hate knowledge (refuse instruction - they are uninterested in knowing the truth - their minds are made up, and they don't want to be confused with the facts)?

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I (i.e. wisdom) will pour out my spirit unto you, I (i.e. wisdom) will make known my words unto you.

24 Because I (i.e. wisdom) have called, and ye refused; I (i.e. wisdom) have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

25 But ye have set at nought (i.e. neglected) all my counsel (i.e. advice), and would none of (i.e. would have none of or did not want) my reproof (i.e. correction):

26 I (i.e. wisdom) also will laugh at your calamity; I (i.e. wisdom) will mock when your fear cometh;

27 When your fear cometh as desolation (i.e. devastation or ruin), and your destruction (i.e. calamity) cometh as a whirlwind (i.e. tornado); when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early (i.e. earnestly or diligently), but they shall not find me:

29 For that (i.e. because) they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

30 They would none of (i.e. would have none of or did not want) my counsel (i.e. advice): they despised all my reproof (correction).

31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices (i.e. they will experience the natural consequences of their sins).

32 For the turning away of the simple (i.e. the simple people's turning away from wisdom) shall slay them, and the prosperity (i.e. ease or lack of concern) of fools shall destroy them.

33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet (i.e. untroubled or at ease) from fear of evil.

Proverbs 2

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18) (continued)

C. The moral values of wisdom (2:1-22)

A third lesson from a Father to a Son (2:1-22): the happy results of pursuing and acquiring wisdom

1 My son, IF thou wilt receive my words, and hide (i.e. treasure or store up) my commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, IF thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4 IF thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5 THEN shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom (Wisdom is God-given, not the result of mere human effort or ability) : out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.