Proverbs 1-3


Imagine a child being raised in the wilderness with no one to teach him or give him guidance. Now imagine that kid being found and then put into society to see if he could survive. While it would be rare for this to happen, many parents neglect to give their children the proper training they need to successful in life. It almost like them been raised alone in the wilderness, which we call the world. The only thing they know and understand is the way of the world because their parents failed at trying to instill the knowledge of God and giving them the insight of how to understand that knowledge and use it wisely.


Solomon wanted to make sure that his children had the opportunity to know God and His wisdom, so he provides great instructions for his son to follow. In our last lesson we learned that the purpose of the Book of Proverbs is found in the first 7 verses of Chapter 1 and the beginning point of achieving the purpose of proverbs was to fear God. Let us begin to examine the great advice that Solomon gives his son:


Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;  9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.


There are far too many parents that do not take the time offer instructions to the children. Instead, they would rather let Hollywood, the music industry, their worldly friends, and internet teach them in the way they should go. Then the parents wonder why their children turned out the way they did.


 First, we must be willing and dedicated to offering our children the instruction. Second, our children need to learn to respect their parents and the wisdom they have to offer. Some children think their parents do not have clue about life, but just about child eventually learns that neither mom nor dad were that clueless after all. As Christian parents we should instill in our children they should listen to wisdom because we have their best interest at heart whether they realize it or not. Besides, God commands that the children should obey their parents (Eph. 6:1-3).


Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:  3 "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."


Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.  11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;  12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;  13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;  14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse" --  15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;  16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.  17 Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;  18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.  19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners. 


One thing we all count on is that there is always a sinner who wants to entice us to their way. No matter what they offer, they always have their own best interest at heart. Many young men have enticed to join gangs with promise of protection, money, and all the worldly pleasure they want. They do no hide the fact that they are willing to kill people for their money or to commit all kinds of crime because that is their passion.


People who get involved in gangs like these are sometimes killed by their own because, if someone gets jealous about another gang member’s popularity or wants to take their cut of robbery it is not big deal for them to kill their own. As the saying goes, “there is not honor among thieves.” The best advice is to stay away from such sinners no matter what they offer because a life of crime will never pay and it will cause us to miss heaven.


Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.  21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:  22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.  23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.  24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,  25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke,  26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,  27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.  28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.  29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD,  30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.  31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.  32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;  33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil." 


In our text, Solomon personifies wisdom. Wisdom is available to all who will seek it. It can be found in many places, but we have to look for it and heed what it is trying to teach us. Wisdom is seen as warning and encouraging people to listen, but the foolish does not because the hate knowledge. When the foolish refuse to take heed, wisdom will laugh when they fall because they had ever chance to listen to it.


One cannot escape the consequences of their actions. To call on wisdom during your fall or after your fall is too late because the damage has already been done. So, the main idea is to listen to wisdom now and your way will be secure and will have no need to fear evil. When we listen the wisdom of the Scriptures, which brings about salvation (Rom. 1:16; Jam. 1:21), we can know that God will be with us and that our eternal home will be in heaven.


Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,  2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;  3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,  4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;  5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.  6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;  7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;  8 He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.  9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.   


Before anyone can learn from wisdom, they must first have willing spirit. Solomon says, “if you receive my words.” There are plenty of people who are willing to pretend to listen to wisdom, but they are simple allow the words to pass through one ear and out the other.


To obtain wisdom take more than just having willing spirit to learn because Solomon says we must be willing to diligently seek it out like many seek out silver or hidden treasure. When someone wants to find precious metals like silver or gold, they do just blindly walk around a field hoping to find it lying on top of the ground. No, they seek out where they think it is and they dig for it for days, months, and years. All it takes to motivate them the dig deeper is to find more precious metals.


This same idea should be how we approach wisdom. We should be willing to learn and to seek it out diligently. Every time we find a little more wisdom it should motivate us dig deeper for more especial when it come from the Word of God. When we grow in the way of the Lord and put His wisdom into our hearts, we can know that we have in our possession the words of life (Jn. 6:68). Learning to understand God’s wisdom and following it will cause God to be our shield and defender. We will become better at choosing the righteous path, which is that difficult road that lead to heaven (Mt. 7:13-14).


Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,  11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,  12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things,  13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;  14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked;  15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths;  16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words,  17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.  18 For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead;  19 None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life --  20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.  21 For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;


When we allow the wisdom of God to dwell in heart and we consider the knowledge of God as being pleasant to our soul, we will have the wisdom and understanding to exercise great discretion against the way of evil. The more wisdom we obtain from God’s, the better prepared we will be face whatever Satan and the world throws our way. Since Solomon is trying to educate this young man, he includes things that would be more tempting to the youth, which is falling prey to sexual sins with immoral women. Of course this same advice should be heeded by young women as well.


The key to overcome the temptations of sin is by allowing God’s wisdom to remain in your heart at all times and to have that fear of the Lord. When temptation presents itself, our entire being will scream out saying, “no, this is wrong and God will not be pleased.” We can know with confidence allowing sin into our life will only lead to destruction and separation from God, so let us take the advice of Solomon and stand fast in the way of the Lord knowing that we will blessed by God. Also, Paul give gives us similar advice about being prepared to face our spiritual battles with Satan (Eph. 6:10-18).


Also, we need to use discretion with who hang around because the wrong kind of companionship can drag us down that dark road where righteousness does not dwell. As Paul said:


1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."


Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;  2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.  3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,  4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.


The law of God is a beautiful thing, but it possible for us to forget how beautiful it is (Heb. 2:1). However, if we will continue to put God’s Word in our hearts on daily basis and live our lives by it is generally true that we lengthen the days of life on this earth and we will certainly have peace in our life and be at peach with those around us. When we treat our bodies like the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16) and we stay away from drugs and loose living, our chances of living longer are much greater than those who do not.


When we focus on being merciful like our Father in heaven and cling to truth not only will we have the respect of our fellow man, we will be pleasing to God. Perhaps the greatest advice that will help us achieve this and sums up the plea of Solomon and should be followed by every Christian is found our next verses:


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.  8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.


This worthy advice sums up what every God fearing servant of God should be working toward because this advice will cause a person to be humble and be confident in God and all that He promises. One of our biggest problems is thinking we are wiser than we are and thinking we can do things better than God. When can learn to follow this advice we will reap great physical and spiritual benefits from it.


Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;  10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.


We must always put God first in every aspect our life. While this verse is not a guarantee that every person that gives to Lord is going to real the physical blessings, it is generally true that those who are givers are usually blessed with physical blessing, but more importantly they are blessed spiritually. The main point is to put God first, and then everything else will fall into place (Mt. 6:33).


Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;  12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.


The writer of Hebrews gives the best commentary of this thought:


Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;  6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."  7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?  8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.  9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?  10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.  11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


Living for the Lord is not going to be without its trials, but these trials will make us stronger if we allow ourselves to be trained by them. The trails we face will increase our faith (Jam. 1:2-4). We should not view our trials, whether they be from man or God, as something bad. We can look example like Job and any other person in the Bible that has persevered by keeping their faith in God.


Next, Solomon talks about the importance of wisdom again and understanding it:


Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;  14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.  15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.  16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.  17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.  18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.  19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;  20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.  21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes -- Keep sound wisdom and discretion;  22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.  23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.


When we make it our aim seek out the wisdom of God and understand it, it will benefit is us in many ways because the more wisdom and understanding we have, the more like Christ we will be.


Proverbs 3:25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;  26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.


Those who is trust in God should not fear the things of this world or the trouble the wicked bring forth. Even if we lose our life at the hands of the wicked, we can still stand keep our confidence in God because the man can never harm our soul or keep us out of heaven.


Finally Solomon gives some good advice on how to treat our neighbors, how to deal with the wicked, and the benefit of following this advice:


Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.  29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety's sake.  30 Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.  31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;  32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright.  33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.  34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.


As you can tell from these first 3 Chapters, our lives can be improved by following the great wisdom found in the Proverbs.