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Proverbs 1:13

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Proverbs 1:13 "We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:"



Solomon wrote his proverbs to help people, especially his young son.  In order for his readers to benefit from the book, Solomon knew he needed to capture and keep their attention.  There is probably no greater threat to the teacher’s effort to get and keep the attention of the student than the distraction of mischief-makers. In the classroom, one influential trouble-maker can derail the entire lesson.  In the classroom, a pair of problem students can render the teacher’s efforts useless by recruiting others to join them in their mischief.  Solomon understood that sinners could easily derail his efforts to help his son and others become morally successful in life.  It was for this reason that he chose to inform his readers early on to beware of the enticement and distraction of mischief-makers. 
In verse 11, Solomon exposed their heartless intentions to harm the innocent.  In verse 12, …

Proverbs 1:12

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Proverbs 1:12 "Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:"


In trying to help his son pay more attention to father and mother, Solomon highlights the danger of succumbing to negative peer pressure.  He describes evil peers with precision so as to give his son all of the insight necessary to recognize the crowd that poses the most risk to his life.  First, he exposed their Approach as being one of enticement in verse ten.  Secondly, he exposed their Aim as being the baseless harm of the innocent in verse eleven.  Thirdly, Solomon exposed the Appetite of sinful peers as being ravenous in verse twelve.  The exposure of these important details would give the young reader the knowledge necessary to identify & ultimately avoid an unsafe group of peers.
Let it be known to believers of all ages that we should avoid the group of people that have an insatiable appetite for wrongdoing against other people.  The group of sinners in Proverb…

Proverbs 1:11

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Proverbs 1:10-11 "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:"



Starting in verse 10, Solomon spends some quality time on peer pressure, a topic especially important for young readers like his son.  While he encouraged his son to listen very carefully to his parents, he discouraged his son from listening to mischievous peers.  To help identify which peers he shouldn’t give in to, Solomon took time to describe the type of person he was warning of.  The first detail provided was their self-proclaimed intention to privately lay wait for blood.  But their intention by itself wasn’t the problem; the problem is who they were waiting to harm and why.  They intended to wait to harm the “innocent without cause.”
The intention to contend with another person in itself isn’t an indication of evil but the intention to contend with an innocent person without a justified reason is a…