Proverbs 4:7 – March 17, 2019

The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; whatever else you get, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NABRE      This fourth proverb begins with a traditional call to acquire wisdom. Wisdom is passed on from one generation to the next and the proverb is exhorting the reader to acquire wisdom. Wisdom is not the result of personal effort alone it is also a gift from God that comes through human instruction. We are born into a family and…

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Proverbs 2:8 – February 20, 2019

Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his faithful ones, Proverbs 2:8 NABRE      The first ten lessons in proverbs are written as instructions to the people. The lessons are encouraging the reader to accept instruction, hold on to what they learned and always to acquire and treasure wisdom. In the second lesson the teacher links acquisition of wisdom to obeying his words. If God discovers that you are upright, that you are fertile…

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Proverbs 20:7 – January 17, 2019

The just walk in integrity; happy are their children after them! Proverbs 20:7 NABRE       Solomon’s wisdom ties integrity to the blessedness of children. Again, we see the word “just” which in biblical language is used interchangeably with righteous; to be upright, in a state of acceptability to God, to have a moral conduct in conformity to God’s will. Jesus teaching his disciples has a blessing which reads, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for…

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Proverbs 15:16 – January 16, 2019

Better a little with fear of the LORD than a great fortune with anxiety. Proverbs 15:16 NABRE      Solomon’s wisdom tells us it is better to live with very little but respect God, follow God, call on God than to be rich, to have an abundance without God which will come with worry, anxiety, anxiousness. It reminds me of Jesus multiplication of the loaves and fishes. With two fish and five loaves He fed over five-thousand…

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Proverbs 18:10 – January 15, 2019

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the just run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NABRE      Solomon shared a proverb explaining we can be in safety through the name of the LORD. God has many names, El (God), Elohim (God Most High), El Olam (Everlasting God), El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), Jehovah (Lord), Adonai (Lord, Master) and Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah). Yahweh is a name too holy to voice and spelled by…

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