Proverbs 1:1-7 NIV
[1] The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: [2] for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; [3] for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; [4] for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— [5] let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— [6] for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. [7] The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs lead to wisdom. Some of them beget discipline. For example, “If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” (11:27). Good information there; but wisdom says, “Aha! I’d better watch what I’m looking for!” Other proverbs teach good conduct. Here’s a proverb that helps in this regard: “It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest” (16:8). A wise man takes that to heart, sees the truth of it, and decides that honesty is not only the best policy but the only policy for the wise. And so he deals honestly.

Man is in danger of becoming a giant in information and a pygmy in wisdom: as he concentrates on assimilating facts, he runs the risk of neglecting matters of faith. He is at risk of dressing himself in information with nothing to clothe his life. That is why we need to learn the proverbs: they “will make the simpleminded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people” (1:4). Wisdom will crown us with grace and clothe our lives with honor (1:9). That’s much better than bare information

James 3:13 NIV
[13] Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Peace be with you,
Chris C


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