Last week, from the Biblical account of King Solomon’s life, we saw that his wisdom was so profound that all the kings of the world wanted to hear what he had to say. If that’s true, then it seems to me we would be foolish not to explore more deeply some of the wisdom he left us to meditate on and consider applying to our own lives.
King Solomon wrote three thousand proverbs, as he was guided by the Holy Spirit of God. Don’t worry though, I’ll only share a small portion of the verses from the Book of Proverbs found in the Holy Bible (New Living Translation).
If you are familiar with the Book of Proverbs then the verses below will be very familiar and just a brief review for you. However, if you have never read Proverbs then I hope these verses will speak great words of wisdom to you and wet your appetite with a desire to read the Book of Proverbs in its entirety.
King Solomon’s Wisdom For the Ages!
The Purpose and Theme of King Solomon’s Proverbs
vs. 1-5 “These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will make the simple-minded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs.”
vs. 7-8 “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen my child, to what your father teaches you. Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching.”
Encouragement to Embrace Wisdom
vs. 10,15 “My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them. Don’t go along with them, my child! Stay far away from their paths.”
The Moral Benefits of Wisdom
vs. 1-5 “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ear to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.”
vs. 9-12 “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose speech is corrupt.”
vs. 1-8 “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace, write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.”
vs. 11-12 “My child, don’t ignore it when the LORD disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when He corrects you. For the LORD corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”
vs. 21-23 “My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling.”
vs. 27,28 “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, ‘Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you’.”
vs. 31-33 “Do not envy violent people; don’t copy their ways. Such wicked people are an abomination to the LORD, but He offers his friendship to the godly. The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but His blessing is on the home of the upright.”
vs. 7 “Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgement.”
vs. 23,24,27 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Avoid all perverse talk; stay far away from corrupt speech. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”
vs. 21-23 “For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.”
vs. 16-19 “There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.”
vs. 9-12 “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”
vs. 4,5 “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame.”
vs. 12 “Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all offenses.”
vs. 1-3 “The LORD hates cheating, but He delights in honesty. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Good people are guided by their honesty, treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty.”
vs. 24,25,27 “It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!”
vs. 29 “Those who bring trouble on their families inherit only the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.”
vs. 1 “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.”
vs. 11,15,16 “Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time. Fools think they need no advise, but the wise listen to others. A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.”
vs. 19-24 “Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. Deceit fills hearts that are planning evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. The LORD hates those who don’t keep their word, but He delights in those who do. Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly. Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”
vs. 1,3,4 “A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen. Those who control their tongue will have a long life, a quick retort can ruin everything. Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.”
vs. 10,11,13 “Pride leads to arguments; those who take advise are wise. Wealth from get-rich schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows. People who despise advice will find themselves in trouble; those who respect it will succeed.”
vs. 21,24 “Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the righteous. If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don’t love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.”
vs. 2,26 “Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise Him. Those who fear the LORD are secure; He will be a place of refuge for their children.”
vs. 29-31 “Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes. A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away. Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor Him.”
I hope you have seen some reoccurring themes in these proverbs; the benefits of seeking wisdom, making good decisions and living a God-honoring lifestyle, verses the consequences of despising wisdom, refusing correction, making foolish decisions and choosing to walk in the path of sinners.
Whether you believe in the Bible or not, I hope you’ll agree that choosing to apply these words of wisdom to our lives, while shunning foolish sinful living, is just common sense and makes good sense!
For a little homework, I would highly encourage everyone to grab a Bible and read Proverbs chapters 1-14 in their entirety. I have only given you a sprinkling of all the wisdom there for you to consider.
If you don’t have a hard copy of the Bible, there are some good online apps you can download on your computer or smart phone (Holy Bible, Bible Hub, etc.)
Also, you can grab a downloadable copy of Solomon Proverbs-Part1, the verses highlighted above, by visiting my website Wisdom-Matters and clicking on the “Free Resources” tab.
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See you next week for the conclusion of Solomon’s proverbs.