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)
The call of wisdom
The value of wisdom
Guidance for the young
Peril of adultery
Dangerous promises - the wicked man -
Beware of adultery - Crafty Harlot
The excellence of Wisdom
The way of Wisdom
Wisdom for leaders
The words of King Lemuel's mother