Proverbs 7:24-8:16

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Proverbs 7

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

M. The value of wisdom in preserving from sexual immorality (6:20 - 7:27)

24 Hearken unto me (i.e. the father who is giving instruction to his children) now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. (The father's advice will keep the children out or immorality.)

25 Let not thine heart decline to her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress', the prostitute's, the immoral woman's) ways, go not astray in her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress', the prostitute's, the immoral woman's) paths.

26 For she (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman) hath cast down many wounded: yea, many (i.e. a vast number of) strong men have been slain by her (i.e. the evil woman, the adulteress, the prostitute, the immoral woman).

27 Her (i.e. the evil woman's, the adulteress', the prostitute's, the immoral woman's) house is the way to hell (i.e. Sheol = the grave), going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 8

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

N. The value of wisdom demonstrated in her virtues and rewards (8:1-21)

In chap. 8 wisdom is . . . personified and appeals for all to receive her instruction. (Ryrie Study Bible)

1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

2 She (i.e. wisdom) standeth in (or on) the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths (i.e. where the paths meet or at the crossroads).

3 She (i.e. wisdom) crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. (i.e. at the entrances) (Wisdom is readily available.)

4 Unto you, O men, I (i.e. wisdom) call; and my (i.e. wisdom's) voice is to the sons of man. (Wisdom is available to everyone.) (Even though God's wisdom may fall on deaf ears, it is readily available.)

5 O ye simple, understand wisdom (i.e. prudence): and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

6 Hear; for I (i.e. wisdom) will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my (i.e. wisdom's) lips shall be right things. (Right things will come out of wisdom's mouth.)

7 For my (i.e. wisdom's) mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my (i.e. wisdom's) lips.

8 All the words of my (i.e. wisdom's) mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward (i.e. twisted, morally twisted) or perverse in them (i.e. in the words of my mouth) .

9 They (i.e. the words of wisdom's mouth) are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

10 Receive my (i.e. wisdom's) instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

11 For wisdom is better than rubies (i.e. precious stones); and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it (i.e. wisdom).

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence (i.e. shrewdness or craftiness), and find out knowledge of witty inventions (i.e. and find out knowledge and discretion).

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward (i.e. perverse) mouth, do I (i.e. wisdom) hate. (Wisdom is not tolerant of evil.)

14 Counsel (i.e. advice or purpose) is mine (i.e. wisdom's), and sound wisdom: I (i.e. wisdom) am understanding; I (i.e. wisdom) have strength.

15 By me (i.e. wisdom) kings reign, and princes decree justice.

16 By me (i.e. wisdom) princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.