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Proverbs 1:15

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Proverbs 1:15 "My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:"


This is the third time in eight verses; the third time in the first chapter of his book where Solomon addresses his son with affection in order to get his attention.  By saying, “my son,” this father is directing his son to their relationship; to the special bond a father and son possess.  By saying, “my son,” this father is communicating to his son parental responsibility as well as parental affection.  By starting these three verses with the phrase, “my son,” Solomon is telling Rehoboam that what he is about to read was not written flippantly or lightly; the counsel was written with paternal love and should be taken very seriously.  By using, “my son” at the beginning of these verses, this father is telling his son that this is more than a general proverb; this is precise counsel crafted in unconditional love for the good of the young man he is responsible for – the young man he lo…

Proverbs 1:14

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Proverbs 1:14 "Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:"


Early in the Book of Proverbs, Solomon is offering his young son and other readers the opportunity to learn how to recognize a dangerous crowd.  He identifies a sinful crowd by the type of invitation they offer.  In verse 11, they invite others to join them in their hunt for innocent prey.  In verse 12, they invite others to join them in their kill of that prey. Here in verse 14, they invite others to join them in their consumption of the kill.  This passage seems like the recruitment done by a pride of talking mischievous lions in a Disney Movie: “Come with us, let us lurk privily for the innocent!”
“Come with us, let us swallow them up alive!”
“Come with us, let us all have one prize!”

Like a pride of lions, this evil gang was looking to make their group stronger with numbers. More lions meant more kills. More kills meant more meat.  More meat meant more consumption. This invitation was motivated by consumpt…