Proverbs Chapter 1
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The subject of this book may be thus stated by an enlargement on the opening verses. 1. The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel. 2. Which treat of the knowledge of wisdom, of piety towards God, of instruction and moral discipline, of the understanding wise and prudent counsels. 3. Which treat of the attainment of instruction in wisdom, which wisdom is to be shown in the conduct of life, and consists in righteousness with regard to our fellow-creatures. 4. Which treat of the giving to the simple sagacity to discover what is right, by supplying them with just principles, and correct views of virtue and vice; and to the young man knowledge, so that he need not err through ignorance; and discretion, so that by pondering well these precepts, he may not err through obstinacy. Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find great numbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice, national contempt, and animosities. The principles of the Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence, and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are the word of God.The use of the Proverbs. (1-6) Exhortations to fear God and obey parents. (7-9) To avoid the enticings of sinners. (10-19) The address of Wisdom to sinners. (20-33)1-6 The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught. If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon's Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion. Solomon speaks of the most important points of truth, and a greater than Solomon is here. Christ speaks by his word and by his Spirit. Christ is the Word and the Wisdom of God, and he is made to us wisdom.
7-9 Fools are persons who have no true wisdom, who follow their own devices, without regard to reason, or reverence for God. Children are reasonable creatures, and when we tell them what they must do, we must tell them why. But they are corrupt and wilful, therefore with the instruction there is need of a law. Let Divine truths and commands be to us most honourable; let us value them, and then they shall be so to us.
10-19 Wicked people are zealous in seducing others into the paths of the destroyer: sinners love company in sin. But they have so much the more to answer for. How cautious young people should be! "Consent thou not." Do not say as they say, nor do as they do, or would have thee to do; have no fellowship with them. Who could think that it should be a pleasure to one man to destroy another! See their idea of worldly wealth; but it is neither substance, nor precious. It is the ruinous mistake of thousands, that they overvalue the wealth of this world. Men promise themselves in vain that sin will turn to their advantage. The way of sin is down-hill; men cannot stop themselves. Would young people shun temporal and eternal ruin, let them refuse to take one step in these destructive paths. Men's greediness of gain hurries them upon practices which will not suffer them or others to live out half their days. What is a man profited, though he gain the world, if he lose his life? much less if he lose his soul?
20-33 Solomon, having showed how dangerous it is to hearken to the temptations of Satan, here declares how dangerous it is not to hearken to the calls of God. Christ himself is Wisdom, is Wisdoms. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him: 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of every thing. Scoffers at religion, that run down every thing sacred and serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you. Special grace is needful to sincere conversion. But that grace shall never be denied to any who seek it. The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with his reproofs, surely should have the attention of every one. It may well be asked, how long men mean to proceed in such a perilous path, when the uncertainty of life and the consequences of dying without Christ are considered? Now sinners live at ease, and set sorrow at defiance; but their calamity will come. Now God is ready to hear their prayers; but then they shall cry in vain. Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and for ever.
Rebecca's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 4/01/2014, 9:12am...
The Lord loves us unconditionally and the Bible tells us that wisdom is rather to be chosen than fine gold we need to listen to that small still voice who is speaking within because the Lord loves us The Bible tells us to pray and ask God for wisdom and he will give without finding fault. Those of us who will be willing to seek after wisdom we need to understand that no amount of money of this world is going to drive us closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Money is the root of all evil if we could learn wisdom and understanding and understand what wisdom means and how precious it is we would ask God our father to fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom and understanding and allow him to let us grow there bye. Wisdom is the principal thing
Sandra Massey's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/29/2014, 6:03am...
It is one of my favorite books of the Bible. It gives us instructions on how to live. I thank God for it.
A drea's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/27/2014, 6:31am...
If you turn your life over to him unconditionally he wi never forsake you. His love will give u peace at the worst of times you will never feel alone
Joseph's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/25/2014, 8:02am...
just like a manual of a car, it gives you the complete instruction on how to maintain your car 's good running condition...SO, TO LIVE A GODLY AND A BLESSED LIFE, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION OF THE WISEST KING
Doll's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/12/2014, 2:32pm...
Getting to know GOD and building a personal relationship with him is awsome Always ask for more wisdom and knowledge The word says GOD will never leave are forsake you AMEN
Paulette williams's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/09/2014, 12:34pm...
I SHOULD FEAR GOD AT ALL TIMES WE NEED TO READ AND OBEY HIS WORDS BECAUSE MAN WILL FAIL YOU JESUS WILL NEVER LEAVE U OR FORSAKEN YOU AND I AM A LIVING WITNESS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH SOME STORMS AND TRIBULATION BUT I THANK GOD I KNOW HIS WORDS AND TRUST JESUS AND I HAVE FAITH JUST BELIEVING IN HIM KNOWING HE IS THE ALMIGHTY I WILL KEEP STANDING AND HOLDING ON GOD IS ABLE
Milrded's Proverbs Chapter 1 comment on 3/07/2014, 8:09pm...
you have to have open heart to understand that God give His only begott son for us to have ever lastin life never thought that i would ever have someone to love me that much show up when u are sad and longly or happy His alway there when you think you are by yourself when i came in to the fold it wased easy lot of praying and reading and giving back time you have to won t it forself His not going to put his self on you But he will stand at the door and knock with a open heart to welcome you in with open arms it s a love you never had before i have a story to tell i can tell you about a man that love you and won t give up on you when family not there friends co works the love of yourlife mother father But i know man name Jesus never will leave me or forsaking me
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