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  1. 1. Where has all the Wisdom gone? • • • • • In our Government? In our Country? In our Society? In our entertainment? In our Families?
  2. 2. Proverbs offers a Life Choice: Wisdom or Folly
  3. 3. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Pr 4:7
  4. 4. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Pr 9:10
  5. 5. Wisdom Folly Wisdom gives the Gifts you can Never Lose. Folly gives the Gifts you can never Keep.
  6. 6. Wisdom Wisdom has better Gifts: •Prudence •Knowledge •Discretion •Humility •Godly Speech •Wise Counsel •Understanding •Guidance on Life’s Path •Strength for the Journey
  7. 7. Hi to my Friends and Wisdom Seekers, I’ve been blessed with 10 grandchildren and wanted to develop a way to share the importance of Proverbs with each of them. A web site seemed to be an effective way to introduce them to the Proverbs for Wisdom. The web site also has links to some of the best Proverbs web sites. Many have been developed by others who want to provide Proverbs: YouTube Movies, Narration, Daily Proverbs by Email, Leadership Training and Proverbs Bible Studies.
  8. 8. Proverbs – Wisdom For Life • My web site is – It attempts to share that we all have a choice between the callings of Wisdom vs. Folly. • I share my testimony and my life verses from Proverbs. • The Home page has button links to a YouTube movie showing pictures of the Holy Land with the narration of the 31 Proverbs, a source to receive Daily Proverbs by Email and the third button to a web site devoted to learning leadership skills from Proverbs. • Additional buttons are for announcing any coming events such as bible studies on Proverbs being held locally.
  9. 9. USE PROVERBS: For work, relationships, personal decisions, and pleasing God. This is a critical resource for the seekers of Wisdom. The truth we learn is about seeds that are planted in us by God that must be cultivated so that we fulfill the kingdom of God’s purpose for our lives.
  10. 10. A Bible Study & Prayer for Men • A Simple Daily Bible Study for Men – • No other book of the Bible offers as much practical Wisdom for everyday life than the Books of Proverbs, which was written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest man on earth. Because there are 31 Chapters in this book, you can read one a day almost every month. • A Simple Daily Prayer for Men – “Yes, Lord” – Morning, noon and night.
  11. 11. An Amazing Dream Solomon’s Dream When Solomon became king, he realized the enormity of his task. The Lord appeared to Solomon one night in a dream, and promised to give him anything he asked for. Imagine receiving that promise from God! But Solomon had a proper perspective on his task as ruler over Israel. Rather than asking God for tangible blessings like health, wealth or victory over his enemies, Solomon asked God for “a discerning heart to govern (the) people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1Kings 3:9)
  12. 12. An Amazing Dream (cont.) God was pleased to grant Solomon’s unselfish request and told him, “I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for----both riches and honor---so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” (3:12-13). God further told Solomon that if he walked in God’s ways and obeyed his laws, God would grant him a long life.(3:14). This was no ordinary dream. It was God speaking to Solomon. And the Lord did as promised. Solomon became the wisest man that ever lived. People came from all over the world to visit him and to listen to “the Wisdom God had put in his heart” (10:24).
  13. 13. Benefit Proverbs is an extremely practical and specific book that challenges us to pursue Wisdom in each area of everyday life. It counsels us to depend upon God in our relationships with our wives, children, work, friends and neighbors. It also encourages us to develop a godly character that is evident in our speech, our use of money and time and our decision-making process. These maxims are concise and practical: read them slowly and carefully with an eye toward bringing your behavior in line with God’s common-sense directives and divine will.
  14. 14. THEME AND PURPOSE The purpose of Proverbs is stated clearly in 1:2-6. This book was collected first to teach moral insight and astuteness (1:2a, 3-5), and second, to help the reader to develop mental ability and understanding (1:2b, 6). The theme of this book is captured in 1:7---“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (compare9:10). The word “wisdom” relates to the idea of skill; this book stresses that it is through instruction, discipline and practice that we learn the skill of living our lives in such a way that they amount to something excellent and worthwhile. When we fear the lord by developing a sense of awe, humility and dependence upon him, God refines us and shapes us into the people he wants us to become, much as a skilled artist takes raw material and transforms it into a beautiful work
  15. 15. An example of Solomon’s Wisdom A Wise Ruling (1 Kings 3:16-28) Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, “My Lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my baby was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us”. “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son ---and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I borne.” The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
  16. 16. An example of Solomon’s Wisdom – (cont) But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the King. The king said, “This one says,” My son is alive and your son is dead,” while that one says, “No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.” Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said. “. Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him: she is his mother.” When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
  17. 17. IMPORTANT HEBREW DEFINITIONS: • Fear - (yi-ah) • Wisdom - (kakam) Means to be skillful in understanding life's problem and know how to solve them. • Fool - (evyl) pronounced "ev-eel" Refers to one who is evil, the one who says "I don't need God". • Knowledge - (yada) Is used for the general sense of knowing certain information and facts, of learning skills, of having insights into certain matters; the word also has moral implications of knowing good from evil. • God's Name - (El Shaddai) "God Almighty"; He is the Omnipotent One who reigns. Means to Revere, to hold in Awe, to be afraid of.
  18. 18. OVERVIEW The proverbs themselves do not begin until chapter 10. These pithy sayings of Solomon cover a wide variety of issues, and for the most part are not arranged in any topical manner (10-24). They deal with instruction concerning the use of the tongue, poverty and wealth, relationships between husbands and wives and parents and children, relationships with one’s neighbors, industry versus slothfulness, self-control versus anger, humility versus pride, justice versus vengeance and character versus wickedness. The second set of Solomon’s proverbs, copied by King Hezekiah’s men, develops the same themes as the first collection (25-29). Proverbs concludes with a number of precepts and comparisons by Agur (30) and Lemul (31), which depicts a wife of noble character.
  19. 19. Outline of the Book of Proverbs Theme: The wise fear the Lord – Key verse: Proverb 1:7 Wisdom’s Calls (Proverbs 1:20 – 9:18) Wisdom calls Proverbs 1:20 – 4:27; 8 – 9 First call: to salvation (Proverbs 1:20 --- 4:27) Second call: to wealth (Proverbs 8) Third call: to life (Proverbs 9) Folly calls ( Proverbs 5 -- 7) First call: to condemnation (Proverbs 5) Second call: to poverty (Proverbs 6) Third call: to death (Proverbs 7) Wisdom’s Contrasts (Proverbs 10 -- 15) Wisdom’s Counsels ( Proverbs 16 -- 31)
  20. 20. Outline of the Book of Proverbs Theme: The wise fear the Lord – Key verse: Proverb 1:7 Wisdom’s Calls (Proverbs 1:20 – 9:18) Wisdom calls (Proverbs 1:20 – 4:27; 8 – 9) First call: to salvation (Proverbs 1:20 --- 4:27) Second call: to wealth (Proverbs 8) Third call: to life (Proverbs 9) Folly calls ( Proverbs 5 -- 7) First call: to condemnation (Proverbs 5) Second call: to poverty (Proverbs 6) Third call: to death (Proverbs 7) Wisdom’s Contrasts (Proverbs 10 -- 15) Wisdom’s Counsels ( Proverbs 16 -- 31)