Proverbs 7-9

WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING

As you read Proverbs, notice that the first nine chapters serve as an introduction, and they begin and end with the same thought; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” and, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 1:7; 9:10). Fearing the Lord is paramount; it is the beginning of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. What does this imply about those who don’t fear the Lord? I have heard many people proudly assert, “I don’t fear God.” The ignorance of this statement is made all that much clearer in light of the scripture. Without the fear of the Lord you simply do not have knowledge, wisdom, or understanding. You have nothing that will lead you to life. If you do fear the Lord as you should then you have promises from your Father that are more precious than anything the world has to offer.

Be assured with these very great and precious promises from our heavenly Father; “…But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him…” (Psalm 103:17). The fear of the Lord adds length to life (Prov. 10:27), it is a fountain of life turning a man from the snares of death (Prov. 14:27), it teaches a man wisdom (Prov. 15:33), it leads to contented rest (Prov. 16:6), and it is the key to the treasure of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge (Isa. 33:6)! “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” (Prov. 14:26).

To fear the Lord is a blessing and it is the first and last thing that we read as we are introduced to the Proverbs of Solomon. This counsel that we have received comes to us from our “Abba” Father. Scan the first nine chapters and see how the Lord is addressing us. He speaks as a father to a son. He characterizes us all, male and female, as “man” in Gen. 5:1-2 and here He addresses mankind as His offspring–His son.

Our Father is to be revered because He is awesome and mighty, beyond comprehension. In the same way His love for us is perfect and never ending. At the foundation of our relationship with Him we need to fear Him and love Him. After all, “To fear the Lord is to hate evil…” (Prov. 8:13), and to love Him is to obey Him (1John 5:3).

We are not to fear man (Prov. 29:25), in fact it is a snare that we fall into if we are not careful. Listen to your Father who says it best; “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts; Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations.” (Isa. 51:7-8J


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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 7Notice the continuing contrasts between sin and righteousness here. How is sin personified (attributed personal characteristics) in this chapter? What does she hope to accomplish in your life? Write your answers below

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 8How is righteousness personified? What does she hope to accomplish in your life? Write your answers below.

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WEDNESDAY: Review Proverbs 8. Look up the words “prudence” and discretion in a dictionary and write the definitions below. Consider the need we have for both of these qualities in our lives and pray that God would bless you with them.

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 9. Notice the continued use of personification to help us to understand wisdom and folly (sin and righteousness) and their respective results in our lives. Both are calling us and inviting us to go with them. Write down some of the characteristics of each so you can better recognize them in the future.

                     WISDOM                                                                                              FOLLY

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FRIDAY: Read this weeks memory verse (Prov. 8:13). Dwell on this verse and consider what it means to fear the Lord. Define the word “arrogance” on the lines below. Go to the Lord in prayer and examine your life with Him. Ask Him to expose the evil in your life and confess to Him any ways that you are wrestling with pride and arrogance in your life.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  • Read Proverbs 7:1-2 together with your family and discuss it. How does God address us? How should we look at his teachings? What does the term “apple of your eye” mean?
  1. Make a picture of an apple and cut it out. Have your child draw or find pictures of things he or she loves and put them in the apple. Discuss how we need to love the teachings of the Lord and why you love them with your children.

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