Proverbs 1:1

 

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:1-5, “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;[2] To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;[3] To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;[4] To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.[5] A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs is a practical book of the Bible. We need to be both spiritual and practical in order to serve the Lord on this earth. God made a material world, and we need to know how to live in this material world. Solomon called it in verse two: wisdom and instruction. There are many words that human beings write and say, but what we need are words of understanding. King Solomon knew what we need, and so Solomon wrote these words of wisdom. Notice that Solomon said in verse 3, “To receive the instruction.” Verse two said “To know wisdom and instruction.” How do you come to know? You must willingly receive the instruction. Who gives the instruction? The teacher gives the instruction. Jesus ascended on high and He gave gives unto men. Among these gifts are “pastors” and “teachers.” The Lord teaches His children through the teachers that Jesus calls and gifts to be teachers.

 

After we are saved by faith in Jesus, we must learn many things about the Bible and the Christian life. If you grow in the knowledge of these things, you will also grow in the knowledge of the practical things of life. Solomon said in verse 4 that his purpose was “To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” When you are young, you do not know as many things as you need to know. If you have the right instruction book and the right teachers and the right attitude toward learning, then you will grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. That is exactly what happened in the life of Jesus. Jesus came into the world, giving up His divine privileges, and then the Son of God lived the life of a human being: the same as all of us except without sin.

 

In verse 5 Solomon wrote, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” One of the benefits of being a Christian is that you can be a total fool, turn to Jesus and get saved, and then start growing in the knowledge of the truth, and then end up being a very wise person. But you must “hear.” That means to give ear to, to receive, and to obey what you hear. That is the only way to learn, and the only way to grow.

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:6-7, “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.[7] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” How will you understand what you need to understand? How will you enter into true wisdom? There is a lot of wisdom to be known, but only a few know the wisdom. Verse 7 tells how to get on the path where you start acquiring wisdom. It says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Why would anyone fear the Lord? If you understand the greatness of your sins, and if you realize that God is Judge, then you know that you need a Savior. As you turn to the Savior Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, you gain the most important knowledge, and you start on a path to gaining more wisdom and knowledge as you go through life feeding on the Word of God and walking in fellowship with Jesus. What does Solomon call those who do not fear the Lord: “fools

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:8-9, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
[9] For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck
.” The book of Proverbs is written in the context of a father giving advice to his son. That is a process that has taken place millions of times, except that this advice is the advice that comes from God the Father. One of the roles of a parent is to give good council and instruction to the children. It is not just the father who does this, but the mother too. The New Testament says the same thing in regards to the responsibility of parents. It says in Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The word “nurture” refers to the training of children. There is a certain type of training that children need, and parents are responsible to give it. The word “admonition” refers to verbal teaching in which issues are clarified. For example, the same word is used in First Corinthians 10:11, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

 

The fact that the book of Proverbs is written from the standpoint of a father giving advice to his son is a good reminder that those who do not have an earthly father, can have something even better: the heavenly Father. If you come to know Jesus as your Savior, then you will have the heavenly Father to teach you better things than any earthly father ever could have taught you.

 

When Solomon wrote in Proverbs 1:8-9, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother,” in a way Solomon was pleading with his son to listen. Every person has a free will. That means every child has a free will. You can listen carefully to what your parents tell you, and you can listen carefully to what God tells you, or you can close your ears. The choice is yours. But there are rich rewards to those who choose to listen and receive the good instruction. That is what Solomon was talking about in verse 9 when he wrote, “For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” It is strange when people think that they will lose by listening to God’s Word, when the opposite is true.

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:10-19, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.[11] If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:[12] Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:[13] We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:[14] Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:[15] My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:[16] For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.[17] Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.[18] And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.[19] So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.” One of the things that can destroy anyone, especially young people, is to follow the wrong people or to get involved with the wrong crowd. The devil uses bad people to destroy innocent people. You have an important power that if you exercise it, it will save you: the power of your own will. No one can make you do anything, but since human beings are naturally followers, be careful who you follow. Better yet: be determined to follow Jesus, and become a leader instead of a follower.

 

Solomon wrote in verse 10, a father giving the best advice that he can think of to his son, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” If you are raised in a godly home, one of the first decisions that you will be faced with as you go out into the world to live you own life, is this: are you going to continue with what you were taught, or are you going to conform to the group of people that beckon you to their way? It says in Psalms 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.[2] But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” It is interesting that both the book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs start off with this warning to young people. 

 

If you have never had a real father figure growing up, or maybe not even a mother figure when growing up, the Lord can be both mother and father to you. When the Bible says, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not,” those can be the words of your father to you. Remember that Jesus said to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven…” The heavenly Father is the most important father. One reason for a human father is to symbolize and help to give understanding of the heavenly father. A human father lives for only so many years, but a heavenly father is there forever.

 

What is it that the bad influences are trying to get the young man involved in? Evil deeds and the breaking of the law: both the law of God and the law of man. The evil ones say, “Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause.” They are out to harm innocent people. Because evil exists in this world, there are those how are attracted to the innocent to harm them. That is one of the reasons for child molestation, violence against children, and teaching children to go wrong. It is a terrible evil, and Jesus Himself pronounced a special judgment for anyone who harms children. Jesus said in Mark 9:42, “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea

 

In Proverbs 1:13 the bad people of the world will say to the young man, “We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil.” They promise a financial benefit from doing all these evil deeds and accompanying the evil ones. The New Testament says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Never do wrong in order to gain a benefit. Many people commit such sins who are not violent, but who harm others by cheating them because of their desire to gain financially. Lying to others to cheat them is a type of stealing. 

 

What is the final end of those who chase after evil and of those who follow the evil ones? It is stated very clearly in Proverbs 1:18-19 how this always ends: “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.[19] So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.” It says in the New Testament, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap 

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:20-23, “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:[21] She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,[22] How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?[23] Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” When verse 20 says, “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets,” it means that wisdom is available everywhere you go. You can learn what you need to learn anywhere. Why is it that more people do not understand true wisdom? Remember that verse 7 said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Verses 22 and 23 of Proverbs chapter one are an invitation. Verse 22 is a reminder to those who do not have wisdom, that they have made the wrong choices spiritually speaking, And so verse 23 tells the spiritually foolish person to turn to God: “Turn you at my reproof.” Those who turn to the Lord Jesus have innumerable benefits among which are the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, and what is listed in verse 23: the Spirit of God and the Word of God. When you turn to Jesus as your savior, you become baptized by the Spirit and sealed by the Spirit. You need the Spirit to be able to understand truth. The Spirit enlightens every believer in Jesus. And you also need the Word of God. God’s truth is not based upon feelings or individual ideas. God’s truth is based upon His precious written Word.                            

               

    

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