Apr. 5. Jewels of Wisdom from Solomon’s Proverbs

Prov. 1:1-2:22

Solomon, like his father, David was an inspired writer of Scripture. With the great wisdom given to him by God, he was able to impart much of that into his writings. Many, but not all of the proverbs were attributed to him. Proverbs may be defined as brief statements with evident truths.

The proverbs writer began by describing the contrasts between those who are wise and those who are fools. “A wise man will hear and increase learning…But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” To know wisdom is the key to the success of a godly life. He continued by admonishing obedience to the instructions of one’s parents instead of consenting to the enticements of sinners.

Wisdom is personified as an ever-present woman calling out instructions to all. Those who refuse to hear her will bear the consequences of their foolishness, but those who listen to her will, “Dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

For every action, there is either a positive or negative reaction. If one diligently receives the words of wisdom into his heart, he will find the knowledge of God and reap the benefits of His directions. However, the negative reaction to the one who turns to the immoral woman of sin is to be cut off and uprooted from the earth.