Monday, May 1, 2017

Wisdom (Part 1): Week 5, Day 1

We are on Week 5 of our study on wisdom.  I hope you have been blessed by what you have learned, and I hope that your relationship with the Lord has grown because of this study.  Today we are going to OBSERVE what is written in Proverbs 9.  This is a continuation of what we have studied the last two weeks in Proverbs 8.  Before reading our new text, take the time to read Proverbs 8.  Once you have done that, read Proverbs 9 in its entirety.
Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
She has also set her table;
She has sent out her maidens, she calls
From the tops of the heights of the city:
Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks understanding she says,
“Come, eat of my food
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
“Forsake your folly and live,
And proceed in the way of understanding.”
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
13 The woman of folly is boisterous,
She is naive and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the doorway of her house,
On a seat by the high places of the city,
15 Calling to those who pass by,
Who are making their paths straight:
16 Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
And to him who lacks understanding she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet;
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Now read through the passage again, and use the following markings:
  • Mark wisdom (and all pronouns) with a blue cloud colored yellow
  • Mark understanding and knowledge by coloring them green
  • Mark Lord with a purple triangle colored yellow (and color all pronouns yellow)
  • Mark love with a red heart
  • Mark hate with a black heart
  • Mark righteous with a blue box
  • Mark evil and wicked by coloring them brown
  • Mark time phrases with a green clock
  • Mark Holy One with a purple box colored yellow
  • Mark woman of folly (and all pronouns) with a black cloud colored orange

Write in your notebook a take-away from today's reading.  During our next time together, we will be INTERPRETING this passage of Scripture.
To read the previous posts on Wisdom, click these links:
Week 1: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Week 2: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Week 3: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Week 4: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

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