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Proverbs 1:10

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Proverbs 1:10  "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not."


Over the course of its thirty-one chapters, the Book of Proverbs will offer wisdom to men and women of all ages.  This book is a wealth of wisdom for all of mankind in all the world.  That truth being said, the first ten verses should reveal why the book comes so highly recommended for the young man and young woman.  Already in ten short verses, we read of the author’s intent to give those virtues that young people desperately need to avoid life-long dilemmas.  In but ten short verses, Solomon points the young to the old; the inexperienced to the experienced; the simple to the wise; the child to the parent. Solomon’s first piece of advice has to do with who to listen to.  His next piece of advice to the young is who not to listen to.
Success for every young person starts with hearing the right people while failure for every young person starts with heeding the wrong people.  The first time Solomon addresses his…

Proverbs 1:9

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Proverbs 1:8-9 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck."



For the first time in his Book of Wisdom, Solomon pulls out the paint brush and palette full of colors.  One of the reasons so many people like Solomon’s writing is because he crafted sentences in many shapes, sizes and colors.  More than any author in the Bible, Solomon used images to communicate truths.  Many of his proverbs were taught through mental images that he knew would not soon be forgotten.  This was his preferred method of communication in all three of his books contained within the Old Testament; a method that confirmed his wisdom.
The image he chose to use first had to deal with the outward appearance of man.  In communicating the importance of listening to the wisdom of father and mother, Solomon used the coveted image of ornaments and jewelry.  He knew how important the outward appea…

Proverbs 1:8

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Proverbs 1:8 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:"



Verse 1 identifies the author of this Book of Wisdom and verse 8 identifies the primary recipient of this Book of Knowledge.  Solomon, the king of Israel wrote this book to his young son.  This fact is confirmed throughout the book with the phrase, “my son” being used a total of 23 times.  The king of Israel wanted the future king to be able to govern his people properly, which he knew would require wisdom.  This king was passionate about the need for leaders to possess wisdom.  When he assumed the throne years earlier, God offered him a blessing and told him to fill in the blank. Solomon’s response foreshadowed great political success – “give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). 
By experience, Solomon knew that wisdom would propel his son to success.  He also rea…

Proverbs 1:7

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Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."


Solomon’s second proverb in verse seven is another strategically placed truth intending to motivate the reader to read on.  In his first proverb (verses 5-6), Solomon suggests that a wise person will keep reading in order to keep learning.  In his second proverb (verse 7), Solomon suggests that a God-fearing person will keep reading in order to keep learning.  The person who makes his or her way through the Pages of Proverbs manifests wisdom as well as the fear of the Lord.  The person who gets off the Proverb Plane early manifests foolishness as well as irreverence for God.
A lack of respect for God will naturally lead to a lack of interest in God.  A lack of interest in God will lead to a lack of interest in learning about God.  A lack of interest in learning about God will naturally lead to a lack of knowledge.  The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. 
A sacre…