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He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Blessings Found In Embracing Proverbs: Prov 1:5-9 

5) A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6) To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9) For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

After identifying himself and explaining his motives for writing Proverbs, Solomon now explains to us some of the blessings we will receive from a study and application of the truths found in this book.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
Anyone who places their attention on the teachings in Proverbs is a wise person.  Two benefits of their studies will be an increase in knowledge and a greater level of spiritual skill as they apply the proverbs to their life.

and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
A person who understands the benefits of a study of Proverbs will be willing to give of their time and effort to procure the wise advice that can be found within its pages.

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The wise advice in Proverbs can only be received when they are properly understood.  These proverbs are words that carry with them much wisdom, although they are much like a riddle that may be difficult to unravel. (Hebrews 5:14, 2 Peter 3:16)

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge:
Like all parts of His Word, an attitude of great reverence for the Lord and His instructions is needed to begin a study of Proverbs.  By doing this, the purpose for man is fulfilled…
(Ecc 12:13)  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

[but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Because a fool does not value the Word, they count the Lord’s wisdom and instruction not worthy of pursuit.
(Joh 3:19)  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
By the phrase “my son” Solomon could be speaking to his son, Rehoboam, (Matthew 1:7), but he was probably addressing those who were under his tutelage as being his “son” (1 Kings 4:29-34).  What was His advice?  He taught them to submit to the Godly teachings of those who are in authority over them.  Whether the advice of a parent, teacher, employer, or other authority; this principle can be applied in a wide variety of life areas.

This principle has special significance when applied to the teachings of God, the ultimate Authority over all:
1.  As Redeemer, our Lord holds a special type of authority over His people as the One who purchased them with His shed blood.  The Christian is His purchased possession, with Him as their ultimate authority (1 Pet 1:18-19, 1 Cor 6:20).
2.  As Creator, the Lord is the One who holds ultimate authority over all mankind (Rom 9:20-21).  He can do with His creation as He desires and creation is responsible to submit to His desires, no questions asked.

Because our Lord holds authority over all men, lost and saved alike, we are all responsible to hear, and not forsake, His teachings to us.  A portion of those teachings are found in the book of Proverbs.

For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
When authority holders speak Godly wisdom from a heart of love and concern, the application of their teachings will enhance the recipients’ appearance in the eyes of God and man, much like jewelry beautifies its wearers.

Why are their teachings described as ornaments of “grace”?  These instructions are not deserved by the hearers, but they are given through the grace of God; while resulting in more kind, gracious lives of those who apply these teachings to their lives. (Psalms 119:98-100, Proverbs 3:19-22)

Truly, heeding to the Word of the Lord of is great benefit that is given through His grace.  We should be motivated to expend great effort to learn and apply His Word to our lives out of obligation as well as out of a knowledge of the great benefits that they hold for each one of us.  Solomon, through the inspiration of Almighty God, penned the book of Proverbs as a guidebook for living Godly lives through the application of Godly knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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  1. I love reading the book of Proverbs! It’s not hard to pay attention while reading it.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  2. Last night or this morning I kept seeing proverbs 1:5. I read proverbs this morning and now you write in it. I am listening oh my Lord, thank you for your word which is living water to my soul…

  3. terry1954 says:

    thanks for brightening my morning

  4. lorischulz says:

    I nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award! God bless, Lori

  5. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing how important the proverbs are! God bless you, Pastor Rob!

  6. I like to read a little of Proverbs each day. Proverbs gives more practical advice for daily living than others books do – apart from James – but Proverbs covers most aspects of life.

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