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What advice does a proverb offer the individual?

  • Work hard
  • Obey your parents
  • Save your money, but don't be stingy
  • Give first fruits to the Lord
  • Tell the truth
  • Speak carefully and softly
  • Love and honor your spouse
  • Respect authority
  • Instruct and discipline you children
  • Be generous to the poor

 There are three types of people who are found to be in desparate need of wisdom.  These people are losing the battle on all fronts.

  • The scorner
    • They mock God's wisdom and don't accept it.
    • Prov 14:6 – It's too high for them, although they'd never admit it. 
    • Prov 21:24 – They think they know everything.
    • The word 'Scorner" means to 'make a mouth'.  We can imagine these folks making faces in mockery at God's principals.
    • Prov 9:7-8; 13:1 - Rebuke does no good.
    • In the end, he rejected wisdom & listened to folly leading to destruction (Prov 1:24-27; 6;32).
  • The fool (ex. Nabal of 1 Sam 25)
    • This person is dense and sluggish in thought.
    • They are careless in decision, or lack of decision.
    • They are self satisfied in their life and decisions.
    • The fool hates instruction (Prov 1:7, 22).
    • The fool is self-confident (Prov 12:15)
    • The fool talks without thinking (Prov 29:11)
    • The fool mocks at sin (Prov 14:9)
    • The fool rejected wisdom & listened to folly leading to death (Prov 5:22,23; 8:36)
  • The simple
    • The simple are gullible, believing everything and every body.
    • They lack discernment (Prov 14:15)
    • The simple are led astray and decieved easily by others (Prov 7:7).
    • They can't plan ahead or plot their steps to avoice pitfalls; they end up constantly in trouble (Prov 22:3).
    • In the end, they listened to folly & reject wisdom and go to hell (Prov 9:18; 7:27).

 The wise person is held in contrast to the three people above (This wisdom begins with fear of the Lord; Prov 2:6, 9:10)

  •  They listen to instruction (Prov 1:5)
  • The wise man obeys what they hear (Prov 10:8)
  • The wise man stores up knowledge of lessons learned (Prov 10:14)
  • Others are led to the Lord by way of the wise person (Prov 11:30)
  • The wise man has learned to flee from sin (Prov 14:16)
  • The wise understand the damage words can cause and guard their tongue (Prov 16:23)
  • The wise are consistent and diligent in their daily responsibilities (Prov 10:5)
Author: Topic:
Wisdom for the young
Shunning evil
The call of wisdom
The value of wisdom
Guidance for the young
Security in Wisdom
Peril of adultery
Dangerous promises - the wicked man -
Beware of adultery - Crafty Harlot
The excellence of Wisdom
The way of Wisdom

Wisdom for all
Common Wisdom
Wisdom for everyone
Wisdom for all
Wisdom for leaders
Wisdom for Leaders
Wisdom of Agur
The words of King Lemuel's mother