PROVERBS Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living Solomon Author of the Proverbs King of Israel Son of King David Built the temple Wisest man in the world Had his own sin problems Themes in Proverbs The fear of the Lord Fools vs. Wise Key People in Proverbs Solomon Hezekiah’s men Agur
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living
“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Pr 26:12)
For giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young
(also: the violent, the sexually immoral, the mocker,
the divisive, the arrogant, and the drunkard)
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the
young men, a youth who lacked judgment.
A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
For the waywardness of the simple will
kill them, and the complacency of
fools will destroy them; (Pr 1:32)
Generally in Proverbs, the simple refers to
those who lack moral judgment, where as the
fool refers to someone who is morally deficient.
Wise men store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.
A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
The way of a fool seems right to him,
but a wise man listens to advice.
A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge,
but a fool exposes his folly.
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.
He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.
A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
Go to the ant you sluggard;
Consider its ways and be wise!
How long will you lie there you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest –
And poverty will come on you like a bandit
And scarcity like an armed man.
He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
God’s word can help us to change!
Recall the purpose of Proverbs:
For giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young (1:4)
You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, gain understanding.
"Let all who are simple come in here!"
she says to those who lack judgment …
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of understanding.
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge
fear the LORD?
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise.
Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
The wise in heart are called discerning,
and pleasant words promote instruction.
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
Mockers stir up a city,
but wise men turn away anger.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Every proverb presents a choice: