B1 General Instruction about wisdom
B2 Chapter 1:1-7 Why study Proverbs?
C1 Teaching—note the verbs—to
D1 To know wisdom and instruction
E1 Wisdom is knowing the facts and using and applying them in a godly way
E2 Instruction is obtaining facts
D2 To perceive words of understanding. Rote memory is not enough. We must understand what it means, and how to use it appropriately.
D3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity
E1 These things that we must learn are either worldly or spiritual.
E2 1 Corinthians 3:19 NLT For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.
E3 James 3:13-18 NLT If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
D4 To give
E1 The simple (naive) prudence.
F1 We must prepare our children, so we must be prepared as Christians to teach these things.
F2 Prudence is knowing and using good judgment/good sense.
E2 The young and inexperienced knowledge and discretion
F1 Discretion is making plans and knowing the best way to achieve that goal. Often these things come from experience of success and failure. We study the Proverbs to learn from others experience. God teaches us how to choose and act wise.
F2 For all, but especially for the young and inexperienced who may be easily led astray.
F3 1 Psalms 19:7 GNB The law of the LORD is perfect; it gives new strength. The commands of the LORD are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it.
D5 To increase these things in a wise person in what they mean and how to use it.
E1 Further facts and applications
E2 Wise counsel
E3 Proverbs and parables
E4 Sayings and riddles
E1 Fear of the Lord is beginning of knowledge
F1 Respecting His authority knowing that He can discipline.
F2 Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary:
The grand inference of the whole book.
Fear God—The antidote to following creature idols, and “vanities,” whether self-righteousness (Ecclesiastes 7:16, Ecclesiastes 7:18), or wicked oppression and other evils (Ecclesiastes 8:12, Ecclesiastes 8:13), or mad mirth (Ecclesiastes 2:2; Ecclesiastes 7:2-5), or self-mortifying avarice (Ecclesiastes 8:13, Ecclesiastes 8:17), or youth spent without God (Ecclesiastes 11:9; Ecclesiastes 12:1).
this is the whole duty of man—literally, “this is the whole man,” the full ideal of man, as originally contemplated, realized wholly by Jesus Christ alone; and, through Him, by saints now in part, hereafter perfectly (1 John 3:22-24; Revelation 22:14).
E2 Fools despise wisdom and instruction
D1 We do not have this knowledge and ability to apply it innately.
D2 We must be taught. Psalms 119:130 MKJV The entrance of Your Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
D3 We must learn how to assess, understand, and apply to help ourselves and others.
D4 We must continually motivate ourselves and others to achieve more.
D5 It is better to learn from others rather than make a poor choice and suffer the consequences.
D6 Proverbs is not so much about rules as it is about principles that we can apply in many circumstances.
A Few Thoughts About Proverbs 1:1-7
Posted by Choco at 13:10 on 23 Oct 20
Labels: Bible life principles, Book of Proverbs