1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
We live in a day when most think that obtaining a degree means that a person is smart. Now please, I am in no way discrediting the value of an education. However, a degree does not prove a person’s intelligence. For some, it can simply mean that they are book smart.
I would like to suggest that you can have all the education in the world and still not be wise or have true knowledge. In these first few verses of Proverbs 1, we have written for all mankind to understand that true wisdom and knowledge come by one simple action: fearing the LORD!
That's what verse 7 tells us is the starting point for wisdom and the ability to truly understand life. Look at what you gain when you fear the LORD:
v. 2 - To know wisdom, and instruction, to understand words of insight.
v. 3 - To receive instruction in wise dealings, in righteousness, justice, and equity. (All the things mankind really desires.)
Then in verse 4 we see that fearing the LORD gives "prudence" or "cleverness" to the simpleminded, (could this be to those uneducated in the world’s ways?) and knowledge and discretion to the youth; boy, don't they need this?
v. 5 - Solomon gives his readers a quick nudge to remind them once again that to be wise, we must listen (hear) and then increase in learning. I'm reminded of Paul's words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:14-15 "Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."
Back to verse five. Solomon concludes with "the one who understands obtain guidance."
Isn't that really what we need to live life to the fullest...Guidance?
Guidance to navigate the rough seas of life!
Guidance to understand verse 6!
Oh, that you and I will heed the words of this Proverb as well as all of the Scriptures.
What will it take?
Verse seven, taking the first step of Fearing God!
Blessings on your Journey,