What does it teach about becoming Wise?
"Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares . . . " (Proverbs 1:20)
Wisdom, no matter where people are, cries to be heard and followed. Understand a basic fear of God is available to all men. Through God's holy spirit wisdom can empower the believer to make good, righteous choices - choices that led to a full and rich life.
How did Solomon become as wise as he did? He asked for it! And God gave him not only wisdom but riches and honor as well.
What should you DO if you want wisdom?
Proverbs 2 tell us what to do if we want wisdom. If we want to be wise we must accept the Bible, the word of God, and learn His commands (verse 1). We must learn to have an "ear" for understanding and set our hearts to receive it (verse 2). We also must be willing to call and cry out for wisdom (verse 3) and pursue it like a great treasure (verse 4).
What happens if a person is WITHOUT wisdom?
A person with no wisdom brings to himself many consequences, including foolishly pursuing the ways of evil. Proverbs says about those who run after rebellion against God.
They have perverse words (James 3:8, Romans 3:11 - 14)
Their ways are dark and they love darkness (symbolic of evil) (Proverbs 2:13, Psalms 91:6, John 1:19).
They enjoy running after and the spoils of doing evil (Proverbs 2:14; Luke 8:14, 2Timothy 3:1 - 7).
The Ten Commandments and Proverbs
King David, Solomon's father, said that God's commandments made him far wiser than his enemies (Psalm 119:98-100, 104). God's laws play a critical part in instructing us regarding righteous behavior. Passages in Proverbs that refer to God's commandments or laws include Proverbs 2:1-2, 22; 3:1-2; 4:4; 6:20-23; 7:1-3; 8:32; 13:13-14; 16:17; 19:16; 23:26; 28:4, 7, 9; 29:18; 31:5
What are the thirteen things God says he HATES?
God states, in no uncertain terms, the things he especially dislikes.
A look that is proud (Proverbs 6:17)
A tongue that is full of lies (Proverbs 6:17)
- People who kill those who are innocent (Proverbs 6:17)
People who set their heart to devise evil (Proverbs 6:18)
- Those who indulge in mischief (Proverbs 6:18)
False witnesses (Prov. 6:19)
- Someone who seeks to split up relationships (Proverbs 6:19)
Someone who lies (Prov. 12:22)
- Sacrifices offered by those who are evil (Proverbs 15:8)
The ways of evil (Proverbs 15:9)
- Someone who protects those who do evil (Prov. 17:15)
Those who condemn the guiltless (Prov. 17:15)
- Those who cheat people through false weights (Proverbs 20:10).
I hope this overview of Proverbs helps you understand the Bible a little bit better.