“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Wisdom Is Supreme

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Wisdom Is Supreme”, Proverb 4:1) Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  Psalm 34:11.  2) For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law (teaching).  3) For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  1Chronicles 29:1.  4) He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words:  keep my commandments, and live.  Ephesians 6:4.  5) Get wisdom, get understanding:  forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  6) Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:  Love her, and she shall keep thee.  1Thessalonians 2:10.  7) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:  and with all thy getting get understanding.  Luke 10:42.  8) Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:  she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.  1Samuel 2:30.  9) She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:  a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  10) Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  11) I have taught thee in the way of wisdom, I have led thee in right paths.  12) When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Psalm 18:36.  13) Take fast hold of instruction:  let her not go:  keep her; for she is thy life.  14) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  15) Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  16) For they sleep not, except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  17) For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  18) But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15.  19) The way of the wicked is as darkness:  they know not at what they stumble.  Job 5:14.  20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health (medicine) to all their flesh.  23) Keep thy heart with all diligence (above all keeping); for out of it are the issues of life.  24) Put away from thee a forward (disobedient) mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:  remove thy foot from evil.  Isaiah 1:16.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-4, In most of the ancient Middle East, instruction in wisdom was primarily a matter of training for the court.  The masters were regarded as “fathers” of the students.  But in Israel, training in wisdom extended to the home.  instruction of a father implies warmth and affection, as well as a parents concern and discipline.  Verse 1 begins a little like the first parental section (1:8), but the addressee is now plural, my children.  As his father had taught him, so the son now teaches his own sons. 

Quest Study Bible – v3-4, Is this a reference to Solomon’s father?  Yes, King David was a primary source of Solomon’s instruction (1:1).  v23, Wellspring (or Issues) of life:  A metaphor for the heart, believed at that time to be the source of intelligence and the place where life-changing decisions were made.  One’s thinking could become corrupted if it was not guarded.  v26, Make level (or Ponder) paths:  We make level paths by avoiding things that might trip us up.  The proverb suggests that we make choices consistent with God’s Will.  Psalm 26:12.  Amen.  

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