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Proverbs 2---Sept. 2, 2009 by Doug

Proverbs 2:4(NIV) →Wisdom can be hard to find. Just as silver takes effort to mine, and then effort to refine, so learning and acquiring wisdom is difficult. Interestingly, 1 Kings 10:21 tells us that silver wasn't considered valuable in Solomon's day, as it was too plentiful. This makes me wonder if the desire was to make wisdom as plentiful as silver in those days. Perhaps so.


Proverbs 2:6(NIV) →Wisdom isn't something that is man-designed, but is instead directly from the Lord God. As such, it's available to all who will seek Him for it, not just for those with means and access.


Proverbs 2:16-17(NIV) →I'm wondering here if wisdom protects not only from going to the wayward wife, but from creating the wayward wife. If a man acts with wisdom in marrying and in his marriage, this would give his wife many reasons to remain faithful. And he would choose one less likely to depart him.


Proverbs 2:21-22(NIV) →Realize that for the original audience of Proverbs, the land was a part of their identity. It wasn't about real estate ownership, it was about who they were and seeing God's faithfulness. In our day, this isn't a promise of staying on the family farm or in the family town. It's a promise that we will not lose our identity in Christ or fail to see the faithfulness of God.


Doug

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