Wisdom-Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 1:1-7 “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the 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 discipline.”
Proverbi 1:1-7 “Proverbi di Salomone, figlio di Davide, re d’Israele, 2 perché l’uomo conosca la saggezza, l’istruzione e comprenda i detti sensati; 3 perché riceva istruzione sul buon senso, la giustizia, l’equità e la rettitudine; 4 per dare accorgimento ai semplici e conoscenza e riflessione al giovane. 5 Il saggio ascolterà e accrescerà il suo sapere; l’uomo intelligente ne otterrà buone direttive 6 per capire i proverbi e le allegorie, le parole dei saggi e i loro enigmi. 7 Il timore del Signore è il principio della scienza; gli stolti disprezzano la saggezza e l’istruzione.”

The word “proverb” is usually a short saying in the form of wise and insightful pronouncements. We might call them sound bites on a subject or theme. According to the opening verses, they are meant to obtain wisdom and discipline, for understanding, to live a prudent life, to instruct others, to clarify the use of proverbs and parables, and to know that all wisdom should be identified through the knowledge of reverence for the Lord who is the essence of all wisdom.
The word ‘wisdom’ in the Old Testament is used both to describe someone’s skill in a craft (like a carpenter) but also in the sense of a person who is skillful in the way he lives. The first phrase of verse seven“The fear of the Lord” occurs eleven times just in Proverbs. The last phrase of verse seven “but fools despise wisdom and discipline” is also a repeated concept throughout Proverbs. The word “despise” comes from the Hebrew idea to belittle something. It occurs seven times in Proverbs. This comparison is quite a commentary on how God defines wisdom and how man defines it. God says that those who choose to reject His wisdom are fools.
There are basically two kinds of people that are portrayed throughout the Proverbs: those who humbly admit that true knowledge has its beginning in God (these people will understand the real significance of verses 1-6) and those who arrogantly refuse any knowledge beyond their own world. Paul says it similarly in Romans 1:22 “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” The wise person will have his starting point with God.

Pray with me: Lord, I read the short phrases of Proverbs and I want my life to reflect wisdom from above. Help me not to be swayed by foolish although clever and cunning arguments that mislead me on how I should live.

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