Proverbs 1 October by Doug
Reflections on Proverbs
New month, new translation! This month....King James Version (not 1611, but the commonly used 1769 update). I was going to do La Biblia de las Americas, but I can't read Spanish.
Proverbs 1:1 (KJV) →So, are we talking all of these are written by Solomon or is this more of a “This book belongs to.....” statement? We know Solomon was seriously wise, so he at least was wise enough to compile proverbs, if not to write them.
Proverbs 1:2 (KJV) →Interesting that the Proverbs are to knowwisdom. That we cannot truly understand wisdom and knowledge unless we have learned to pass it on? Is that a portion of our problem in these days, that we have downplayed the need for all of us to learn to communicate truth?
Proverbs 1:6 (KJV) →The wise are sometimes hard to grasp, but if you practice and study, the darkness of their ways and sayings can be unwound.
Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) →Read the contrast, realize the implied statement: fools have no interest in serving or fearing the Lord God. A person's response to God is the basis for the judgment of wise or foolish. Earthly knowledge doesn't get anywhere away from that.
Proverbs 1:8 (KJV) →Dad gives instruction. Mom lays down thelaw.
Proverbs 1:10 (KJV) →We should all memorize “Consent thou not!” and shout it at temptation. I think the Elizabethan English would really intimidate the bad things.
Proverbs 1:33 (KJV) →[Yes, big jump] Are you quiet from the fear of evil? We sell short the idea that we can be quiet from fear, because we fear things that are too insignificant to fear. Death, taxes, public speaking, loss of home and safety, what are these compared to eternity?