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Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Excellence of Wisdom

 1 Does not wisdom cry out,

      And understanding lift up her voice?

       2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,

      Beside the way, where the paths meet.

       3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,

      At the entrance of the doors:

       4“ To you, O men, I call,

      And my voice is to the sons of men.

       5 O you simple ones, understand prudence,

      And you fools, be of an understanding heart.

       6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,

      And from the opening of my lips will come right things;

       7 For my mouth will speak truth;

      Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

       8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;

      Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

       9 They are all plain to him who understands,

      And right to those who find knowledge.

       10 Receive my instruction, and not silver,

      And knowledge rather than choice gold;

       11 For wisdom is better than rubies,

      And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

       12“ I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,

      And find out knowledge and discretion.

       13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;

      Pride and arrogance and the evil way

      And the perverse mouth I hate.

       14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;

      I am understanding, I have strength.

       15 By me kings reign,

      And rulers decree justice.

       16 By me princes rule, and nobles,

      All the judges of the earth.

       17 I love those who love me,

      And those who seek me diligently will find me.

       18 Riches and honor are with me,

      Enduring riches and righteousness.

       19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,

      And my revenue than choice silver.

       20 I traverse the way of righteousness,

      In the midst of the paths of justice,

       21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,

      That I may fill their treasuries.

       22“ The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,

      Before His works of old.

       23 I have been established from everlasting,

      From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.

       24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,

      When there were no fountains abounding with water.

       25 Before the mountains were settled,

      Before the hills, I was brought forth;

       26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,

      Or the primal dust of the world.

       27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,

      When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,

       28 When He established the clouds above,

      When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,

       29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,

      So that the waters would not transgress His command,

      When He marked out the foundations of the earth,

       30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;

      And I was daily His delight,

      Rejoicing always before Him,

       31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,

      And my delight was with the sons of men.

       32“ Now therefore, listen to me, my children,

      For blessed are those who keep my ways.

       33 Hear instruction and be wise,

      And do not disdain it.

       34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,

      Watching daily at my gates,

      Waiting at the posts of my doors.

       35 For whoever finds me finds life,

      And obtains favor from the LORD;

       36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;

      All those who hate me love death.”


My Thoughts:

  1. So let’s start with (v. 17) we read “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.  
    1. Christ reinforces this statement in (John 14:21) “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
    2. But what about the ones that reject God? Let’s look at (Prov. 1:26-31; 6:16-19) we see that God also rejects those that reject Him.
  2. In (v. 28) we read “When He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep,”
    1. Job was challenged to explain the balancing of the clouds in (Job 37:16). Though the accumulated knowledge of science, men understand in part how the multiplied millions of tons of rain in the clouds are help up and what causes the rain to fall. It was divine wisdom that established the conditions that govern the distribution of rain and snow.     
  3. And we will finish today with (v.34) “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors”
    1. There are many pictures that come to mind when we read this verse. Some see a student waiting for an honored teacher to come out and resume instruction. Some see the Levites guarding the doors of the temple, and still others see a lover waiting long hours in hope to catch a glimpse of his beloved. All make a deliberate effort to begin each day to seek the direction of divine wisdom (James 1:5-6).

Thought of the Day

“When we are filled with pride, we leave no room for wisdom”

 I was one of the speakers at a family camp in Canada. One afternoon as my wife and I were visiting a couple who directed the children’s ministry, their teenage son came in and sat down. During a lull in the conversation he asked me, “Who are you, one of the big shots here?”

 Momentarily I was speechless. Young people have a way of cutting through pretense and getting right to the point. “Well,” I replied, “some people around here might think so, but you and I know the truth.”

God has no big shots, yet the “Christian world” has created celebrities, and many people bow at the shrine of big-name speakers and musicians. Some in public ministry begin to believe the superlative descriptions of themselves and think they are superior. But when pride takes over, shame and disgrace are sure to follow (Prov. 11:2). In contrast, the pursuit of humility brings honor (29:23). Men and women who truly understand God’s greatness detest any signs of pride within themselves (8:13).

 It’s appropriate to show honor and respect to God’s servants, but we lack wisdom if we think of ourselves or others as “God’s big shots.”

 Lord, help us to hate sinful pride as You do! —Dennis J. De Haan Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

Use us, Lord, and make us humble,

Rescue us from foolish pride;

And when we begin to stumble,

Turn our thoughts to Christ who died. –Sper

 


 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do you think (v. 5) are saying?
  2. What other things do you see in the text?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Continue to have a prayer list and continue to praying for them.
  3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
    1. For God to give us His understanding and wisdom.
    2. For God to help us write His commandments on our hearts.
    3. For the individuals on your pray list. 
  4. Let’s use (Ps. 25: 1-2) for today’s prayer verse

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Proverbs 8

  1. Rosi
    October 2, 2011

    Chapter 8 is a hymn of praise about how wonderful wisdom is. Wisdom wants to reach out to everyone. She braodcasts her messages publicly unlike the harlot who does her thing in secrecy. She is calling to the simple ones in verse 5 to be open to her, to let her guide them and their thoughts. Wisdom can be trusted. Her words of truth contrast with the lies of wickedness. We must ever be watchful and keep our eyes and ears open to the truth.

    • bobh6
      October 3, 2011

      we must keep our eyes on Christ and not on the harlot and He will show us the truth.

  2. Amalia
    October 2, 2011

    Vrs 22-31 shows how Wisdom is part of the Godhead…namely the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit daily works with us convicting and conviencing and if we grieve or sin against the Holy Spirit “he wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death”, vrs 36. I love how wisdom calls us her children. There’s a connection and unity…she’s known us (mankind) since the very beginning, she has a real love and devotion to us. Her treasure or rewards not not nessecarily attached to the riches of this world but of higher value. We seek after knowledge usually for the riches of this world but, wisdom is priceless and everything here is worthless in comparision; wisdom gives us life and riches in higher places.

    • bobh6
      October 3, 2011

      I agree with you and thats for your comments

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