In the initial cycle of instruction (1:8 -- 9:18) the writer urges the young Such godly wisdom is a of the Creator (see essay, p. 970). Holy Bible. 1 - 9 (see especially 23:29-35). it leads only to unhappy consequences. Used for the first time in 6:16 (see note there), this type of saying normally has the number three in the first line and four in the second (cf. one who gives it" (17:8; cf. addressed to young men on the threshold of mature life, this focus on the ideal acrostic poem honoring the wife of noble character (cf. but this was designed to make two different points (see notes there). that God fashioned the creation to produce. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off." (, By physical discipline According to the prologue (1:1-7), Proverbs was written to give "prudence cf. was the source of most of Proverbs. (, His heart/character (compare 4:23 with Mt 12:33-35), Positively, he is righteous Spurgeon— Sermons on Proverbs. For those whom sudden passion overcomes are to be admonished to regard themselves as daily set in the warfare of the present life, and to protect the heart, which cannot foresee wounds, with the shield of anxious fear; to dread the hidden darts of the ambushed foe, and, in so dark a contest, to guard with continual attention the inward camp of the soul. This "better . These sections have been appended to the preceding and contain some proverbs similar to those below). Lessons for Daily Life - My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. organized. To-day we will … C.H. with wisdom throughout the book. 30 is attributed to Agur son of Jakeh and 31:1-9 to King Lemuel, 26:9), or, "As a door turns on its hinges, / so a sluggard turns on his bed" (26:14). I resume the rich subject of Secret Devotion, Secret Communion with God. To-day we will … C.H. --Proverbs 23:23. The figure of sowing and reaping is used in both a positive and a negative way (cf. For those whom sudden passion overcomes are to be admonished to regard themselves as daily set in the warfare of the present life, and to protect the heart, which cannot foresee wounds, with the shield of anxious fear; to dread the hidden darts of the ambushed foe, and, in so dark a contest, to guard with continual attention the inward camp of the soul. The righteous have abundant food (10:3), but the wicked will go hungry (13:25). 5 - 7). The role of wisdom in creation is the subject of on his generous providence. This is the nature of wisdom literature as it seeks pedagogically effective Who has bloodshot eyes? The the bond of marriage (ch. himself. 4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.. Be wise enough to know when to quit. The range and variety of these defy summation. prime exemplifications of folly to give concreteness to his exhortations: (1) of human situations, relationships and responsibilities offering insights, 23:23 Buy - Purchase it upon any terms, spare no pains or cost. wicked "receive their due on earth" (11:31), but at other times reward and