Our reading challenge for the day is Proverbs 1-5. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Often we think of Solomon as the author of the Proverbs. While he is stated as at least the collector and arranger of large parts of Proverbs, there are ascriptions to other people as well. We should remember that a proverb is a truism. It does not necessarily indicate a promise which is certain every time. But we can look to Proverbs for great wisdom presented often in a slightly humorous way.
Proverbs 1 - By attending to wise words, especially the instruction of parents, we gain understanding and self-control. We are introduced to Wisdom, personified here, giving freely to understand the LORD but being rejected roundly.
Proverbs 2 - Pursuit of wisdom is more important than all treasures. Wisdom gives us understanding of right and wrong, letting us be the upright who inherit the promised land.
Proverbs 3 - Wisdom from God leads us to trust in Him. He will direct us in all good ways. This will protect us all our lives, giving safety and prosperity, making us a blessing to others as well.
Proverbs 4 - Wisdom leads us down the path of righteousness. The path of evil is not wise. Pursuit of wisdom is worth all we have.
Proverbs 5 - Giving our life to folly is a form of adultery and foolishness. We will always regret it.