Proverbs 4:18-27, 5:1-6

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Proverbs 4

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)

18 But the path (i.e. the same word translated path in verse 14, meaning way, road, way of living) of the just (i.e. the righteous) is as the shining light (i.e., the brightness of dawn), that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (Lit., the standing firm of day; i.e., the noon time, when the sun is directly overhead and appears stationary. The righteous walk in increasing light, but the wicked walk in darkness. - Ryrie Study Bible)

19 The way (i.e. road, path, way of living - the same word translated way in verse 14) of the wicked is as darkness (they cannot see where they are going): they know not at what they stumble.

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

I. The value of wisdom in producing health (4:20-27)

20 My son, attend (i.e. give attention) to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings (i.e. listen to me or pay attention to me).

21 Let them not depart (i.e. the father's words and sayings) from thine eyes; keep them (i.e. the father's words and sayings) in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they (i.e. the father's words and sayings) are life unto those that find them (i.e. the father's words and sayings), and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart (i.e., mind or inner being) with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Lit., outgoings of life; i.e., spiritual vitality).

24 Put away from thee a froward (Lit., crooked; i.e., perverse) mouth, and perverse (i.e. devious) lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on (i.e. straight ahead or straight in front of you), and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder (i.e. watch) the path of thy feet (be careful where your feet take you - remember that everywhere your feet go, they take you with them - your feet don't go where you don't go!), and let all thy ways be established (i.e. well-ordered or rightly ordered).

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove (i.e. turn aside) thy foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

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

J. The value of wisdom in preserving from adultery (5:1-23)

1 My son, attend unto (i.e. heed, pay attention to, hearken unto, listen to) my wisdom, and bow thine ear (i.e. incline your ear) to my understanding: (learn from me)

2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep (i.e. guard, watch over) knowledge.

3 For the lips of a strange woman (i.e. adulteress, prostitute) drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil (olive oil): (very inviting)

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood (A shrub with a bitter taste; thus the height of bitterness. The adulteress may appear sweet, but in reality she is exceedingly bitter - Ryrie Study Bible), sharp as a twoedged sword (In reality, an affair with an adulteress does not turn out good. It will leave a bitter taste in one's mouth and turn into a two-edged sword that wounds no matter which way it strikes or how it is wielded.).

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell (grave (Heb., Sheol). The abode of the dead. Her steps lead to death, and those who associate with her meet a like fate - Ryrie Study Bible).

6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. (The verbs focus on the actions of the adulteress. She does not consider the path that leads to eternal life; rather, she staggers, as though drunken, along her evil path through life. She does not realize the inevitable end. As she moves along the path of life toward her eventual judgment, she is ignorant that her ways lead to this end. She staggers from one sensual thrill to another, unconcerned and uncaring about her ultimate fate - Peter A. Stevenson, Proverbs, BJU Press, p. 69). (The translation of this verse is difficult. It probably should read, "She does not consider the path of life. Her ways are unstable, and she does not know it" - Ryrie Study Bible)