Day 1 What is wisdom? It's more than being smart. Wisdom is doing the right thing in the right way at the right time. It transcends intelligence and education. Wisdom starts with the Lord and is deeply spiritual, but it is far from naive.
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 1:1-7
These are the wise things Solomon, the king of Israel, the son of David said. Their purpose is to teach wisdom and self-discipline, and offer understanding and insight so people can learn the disciplines of wisdom, right living, good judgment, and fairness.
These sayings also serve to teach the naive street-smarts and give young people the knowledge to succeed. Even people who are already wise can learn a lot. Listen and get as much wisdom as you can--the more the better; it helps you understand people’s strange ways.
Knowing how things really are all starts with deep awe for the Lord; but fools turn their back on wisdom and refuse to learn.
Wisdom all begins with a deep awe for God and the deeper your relationship with Him, the more wisdom available to you. Focus on your relationship with God as you read through Proverbs one chapter per day. You can gain more wisdom.
"Father, help me to gain more wisdom that I may always do the right thing at the right time in the right way that I may serve You well and bring You glory. Amen."
Read Proverbs Chapter 1
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
The Usefulness of Proverbs
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
3 To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
4 To give prudence to the [a]naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Enticement of Sinners
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And [b]ornaments about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait for blood,
Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 Throw in your lot [c]with us,
We shall all have one purse,”
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them.
Keep your feet from their path,
16 For their feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
17 Indeed, it is [d]useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any [e]bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence;
It takes away the life of its possessors.
20 Wisdom shouts in the street,
She [f]lifts her voice in the square;
21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools hate knowledge?
23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 “Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25 And you neglected all my counsel
And did not want my reproof;
26 I will also laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,
27 When your dread comes like a storm
And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 “They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
31 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way
And be satiated with their own devices.
32 “For the waywardness of the [i]naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 “But he who listens to me shall [j]live securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
1. Proverbs 1:4 Lit simple ones
2. Proverbs 1:9 Lit necklaces
3. Proverbs 1:14 Lit in the midst of us
4. Proverbs 1:17 Lit in vain
5. Proverbs 1:17 Lit possessor of wing
6. Proverbs 1:20 Lit gives
7. Proverbs 1:22 Lit simple ones
8. Proverbs 1:22 Or naivete
9. Proverbs 1:32 Lit simple ones
10. Proverbs 1:33 Lit dwell
1-6 These are the wise things Solomon, the king of Israel, the son of David said. Their purpose is to teach wisdom and self-discipline, and offer understanding and insight so people can learn the disciplines of wisdom, right living, good judgment, and fairness. These sayings also serve to teach the naive street-smarts and give young people the knowledge to succeed. Even people who are already wise can learn a lot. Listen and get as much wisdom as you can--the more the better; it helps you understand people’s strange ways.
Warnings About Bad Influences
7-9 Knowing how things really are all starts with deep awe for the Lord; but fools turn their back on wisdom and refuse to learn. Listen when your dad corrects you, and don’t throw away what your mama said. Their sage advice is a precious treasure you should always cherish.
10-14 Don’t listen, son, when bad influences try to lead you astray. If they say, “Join our scam! We’ll jump some dope, make them disappear; no one will ever know what happened. We’ll be filthy rich and have everything we want. Join our crew and we’ll split it right down the middle.”
15-19 Sweetheart, don’t go along. Don’t go down that path. All they want is violence and all they’ll find is evil. Even a mouse knows to stay away if it sees the trap being set; but these reckless thugs set their own trap without knowing! They hurt themselves most of all! That’s what happens to everyone consumed by greed. It devours you until you’re dead.
The Call of Wisdom
20-23 Wisdom calls out from the streets; she preaches in every public arena. She broadcasts it on primetime so everyone has a chance to hear:
“How long’s it gonna take for you simpletons to wake up? How long will the skeptics deny the truth and fools refuse to learn? Heed my warning; it’s for your own good. I'll give you the Truth; I'll bless you with the words of life.
24-27 Since I called and you didn’t answer, I reached out and you turned away, and because you ignored my advice and brutal honesty, I will laugh when you get what you deserve. When everything falls apart and you’re suffering in desperation, I’ll be right there taunting, “I told you so! I told you so!”
28-31 It'll be too late to call for help then; I won't help them out. Though they search and search, they won’t find me. Since they hated discipline, had no respect for God, ignored my advice, and paid no attention to my warnings, they will get what they deserve. They made their bed; now they can lie in it.
32-33 The naive die when they go the wrong way. Careless fools are their own undoing, but those who pay attention to me will be safe and enjoy life and won't have to worry what disasters are up ahead.
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