WHERE WISDOM BEGINS

einstein-wisdomPONDERING the PRINCIPLES of PROVERBS

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.           (Proverbs 1:7)

Solomon wrote his Proverbs for the people of Israel over whom he ruled. We saw in the beginning that his purpose was for anyone who reads them to grow in wisdom.

But, we no sooner get out of the gate than we are confronted with a controversial statement:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

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Why Study Proverbs?

proverbs-92-e1357730443482After being told who wrote the Proverbs, we are given the reasons why they were written:    
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth–Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Proverbs 1:2-6)

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What Is A Proverb?

PONDERING THE PRINCIPLES OF PROVERBS

1-proverbs-colorThis is the beginning of a series of studies in the Book of Proverbs. The Proverbs were written by Solomon, commonly known as the wisest man who ever lived.

The concept of a proverb and wisdom are inextricably linked in that a proverb is a statement of wisdom given in a succinct manner. The definition I learned as a child was that a proverb was a “pithy statement.”

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