Proverbs 4:6-17

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Proverbs 4

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

G. An exhortation to acquire wisdom (4:1-9)

6 Forsake her (i.e. wisdom) not, and she (i.e. wisdom) shall preserve (i.e. guard, keep) thee: love her (i.e. wisdom), and she (i.e. wisdom) shall keep (i.e. guard or watch over) thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal (i.e. first, best, chief, supreme) thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (i.e. discernment).

(The first step in acquiring wisdom is to make up your mind that you want it and will strive to obtain it. Wisdom and understanding are synonymous here - it's not that you progress from one to the other. - Ryrie Study Bible)

8 Exalt her (i.e. wisdom), and she (i.e. wisdom) shall promote thee (i.e. lift you up): she (i.e. wisdom) shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace (love) her (i.e. wisdom).

9 She (i.e. wisdom) shall give to thine head an ornament (i.e. crown, garland, or wreath) of grace (i.e. favor or splendor): a crown (i.e. wreath) of glory (i.e. beauty or splendor) shall she (i.e. wisdom) deliver (i.e. give) to thee.

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

H. The value of wisdom in preserving from trouble (4:10-19)

10 Hear, O my son, and receive (i.e. lay hold of) my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. (Every father should be able to legitimately say this to his children - His teaching and leading may be by instruction or by example.)

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened (i.e. impeded); and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. (Wisdom's way is straight and level in contrast to the crooked and cluttered way of folly. - Ryrie Study Bible)

13 Take fast hold of instruction (i.e. learning, discipline, correction, or chastening) ; let her (i.e. learning, instruction, correction, or chastening) not go (i.e. hold on to her): keep her (i.e. learning, instruction, correction, or chastening) ; for she (i.e. learning, instruction, correction, or chastening) is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path (way, way of living) of the wicked, and go not in the way (i.e. road, journey, manner) of evil men.

15 Avoid it (i.e. the path of the wicked, the way of evil men), pass not by it (i.e. don't go near it), turn from it, and pass away (i.e. pass on - it does not mean pass away in the sense of die - it means, get off the path of the wicked, don't go where the wicked go, do what the wicked do, or be like the wicked).

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. (The wicked are unable to sleep because the day has passed without an opportunity to obtain gain from an act of violence. - Ryrie Study Bible)

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. (Wickedness is their food and drink. - Ryrie Study Bible)