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Thought For The Day 06/18/12


The Book of Proverbs


King Solomon



God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.
Jewish Proverb



1. a short well-known saying that expresses an obvious truth and often offers advice
[ 14th century. Via French < Latin proverbium “saying, saw” < verbum “word” ]

Did you know that along with Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and some of Psalms (specifically, the Wisdom Psalms), the Book of Proverbs is part of what is considered the “wisdom literature” part of the Bible? If not, I am not surprised. I didn’t, although with a little thought, I most probably would have realized this fact. I will readily admit that I am not the brightest bulb on the tree. And while all of the “Wisdom Books of the Bible” are well worth considering for all that they teach, for the purposes of this blog, I want to concentrate on the Book of Proverbs.


Proverbs is noted for not just contrasting but comparing as well, wisdom (generally found to be seen as a wise person) with foolishness (or the fool). Wisdom is always demonstrated as being worth all the hard work it takes to attain, and its merits are always dependent on faith in the Almighty (or Yahweh)! Repeated over and over within the texts of Proverbs is the importance of sharing of this wisdom within the family unit, usually by passing it down from Father (or Mother) to Son! One text in the Bible where wisdom is revealed as a woman who identifies herself as a divine companion, teaches against the folly of sex with an adulteress!


As a book in the Old Testament, its Hebrew title is “Míshlê Shlomoh” or the “Proverbs of Solomon” which seems to be a reference to the fact that its principal author is most likely Solomon although there are also references to Agur and Lemuel, which may well have been symbolic names for Solomon. There can be none who doubt the wisdom of Solomon and in fact, people journeyed from all over the region to sit and bear witness to the lessons he shared. Who doesn’t know the story where King Solomon was approached by two women, each laying claim to the newborn babe. And his solution was to decree that the baby be cut in half and each woman given half of the child (1Kings 3: 16-28)! And just as he expected, the true and rightful mother turned to King Solomon and renounced her claim to the child, thus securing her right to the claim she had made! Wisdom, indeed! It is believed that somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 proverbs and over 1000 songs were written by or issued verbally from the mouth of this sage man!


So whenever you feel caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, try reading some of Solomon’s wise words. Providentially, you might just find your solution within the pages of the place you least expect to find the answers!


The Wisdom of  Solomon

 from Proverbs 22:17 – 24:22

  • Don’t exploit the poor, because he is poor; and don’t crush the needy in court; for Yahweh will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them. 

  • Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man, and don’t associate with one who harbors anger: lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.

  • Don’t you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts. If you don’t have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

  • Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings; he won’t serve obscure men.

  • When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you; put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite. Don’t be desirous of his dainties, seeing they are deceitful food.

  • Don’t weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint. Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

  • Don’t eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don’t crave his delicacies: for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your good words.

  • Don’t speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

  • Don’t move the ancient boundary stone. Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless: for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.

  • Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

  • My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine: yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.

  • Don’t let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long. Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.

  • Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path! Don’t be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat: for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

  • Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and don’t sell it: get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him. Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!

  • My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways. For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

  • Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine. Don’t look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly: In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things. Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging: “They hit me, and I was not hurt; they beat me, and I don’t feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another.”

  • Don’t be envious of evil men. Neither desire to be with them: For their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.

  • Through wisdom a house is built; By understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure.

  • A wise man has great power; And a knowledgeable man increases strength; For by wise guidance you wage your war; And victory is in many advisors.

  • Wisdom is too high for a fool: He doesn’t open his mouth in the gate.

  • One who plots to do evil will be called a schemer. The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.

  • If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small.

  • Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! If you say, “Behold, we didn’t know this;” Doesn’t he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn’t he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

  • My son, eat honey, for it is good; The droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: So you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; if you have found it, then there will be a reward, your hope will not be cut off.

  • Don’t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don’t destroy his resting-place: for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

  • Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls. Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown; Lest Yahweh see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

  • Don’t fret yourself because of evildoers; Neither be envious of the wicked: For there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

  • My son, fear Yahweh and the king. Don’t join those who are rebellious: For their calamity will rise suddenly; The destruction from them both — who knows?



The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 

Ecclesiastes 1:9



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