Goldberg: The teachings of Chapters 1-9 are considered: to understand the goal of wisdom in her outreach; why the fruits of wisdom are so important; how the disciple can be wise in the ways of the Lord, as well as in the practicalities of life; the burden the father carries in his spiritual leadership of the family; the call for chastity, with good instruction in how to avoid the temptation of immorality; the abundant folly we run into and how we can avoid it; and why and how we should respond to the call of wisdom to avoid "folly's cursed crumbs." Lane: Job and Ecclesiastes are speculative wisdom, for they investigate why things are as they are and how we can make sense of them.Proverbs is practical wisdom, showing us what we can do to get on in this puzzling world without losing our way and ending in disaster.And that is the conclusion that is reached through these opening chapters. Wisdom is seen as a beautiful woman, calling those who follow her to come away into the place of victory and achievement and success in life, while folly, or foolishness, which thinks everything it does is right in its own eyes, is personified as an evil woman -- attractive, alluring, tempting us to step aside into death. Mouser: Two mistakes Christians make in interpreting proverbs: 1) Some Christians read the proverbs as if they were inflexible laws of God's creation, admitting no exceptions and 2) Christians will sometimes confuse proverbs with promises…
Those invited were asked to bring some thoughts to share that would help him in this new chapter of life.When I arrived at the informal breakfast, I found a cheerful spirit of camaraderie.Proverbs 1Proverbs 2Proverbs 3Proverbs 4Proverbs 5Proverbs 6Proverbs 7Proverbs 8Proverbs 9Proverbs 10Proverbs 11Proverbs 12Proverbs 13Proverbs 14Proverbs 15Proverbs 16Proverbs 17Proverbs 18Proverbs 19Proverbs 20Proverbs 21Proverbs 22Proverbs 23Proverbs 24Proverbs 25Proverbs 26Proverbs 27Proverbs 28Proverbs 29Proverbs 30Proverbs 31 Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. All rights reserved From Paul Apple's Introduction…Helpful general comments on the significance and usefulness of Proverbs for our daily life.Stedman: Life is simply too big for us to handle by ourselves.
No matter how good the advice seems to be, if it isn't consistent with what God has told us, it is not to be trusted.
Proverbs 1:1-9 Focus on Fairness Our Daily Bread During the past 135 years of Major League Baseball, only 20 pitchers have thrown a perfect game.
On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers would have been number 21 but an umpire’s mistake denied him what every pitcher dreams of. Even though the umpire later acknowledged his error and apologized to Galarraga, the call made on the field could not be changed.
It is wonderful also that while Solomon himself wandered so far from God, there is not in all his writings a single word that excuses his sins.
Everywhere he points away from the wrong path and to the right.
Through heeding its advice, we can avoid those regrettable pitfalls that can make life so difficult.