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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

This book is the accumulation of wisdom from generations of godly insightful people. It promotes a life of virtue and “fear of the Lord,” so that you can truly experience the good life. Proverbs is one of the three books that explore these themes of biblical wisdom.

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Security in Wisdom


1 Hear, amy children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;
2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.
3 When I was my father’s son, aTender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 aHe also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; bKeep my commands, and live.
5 aGet wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; aLove her, and she will keep you.
7 aWisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aPs. 34:11;
Prov. 1:8
3 a1 Chr. 29:1
4 a1 Chr. 28:9;
Eph. 6:4
bProv. 7:2
5 aProv. 2:2, 3
6 a2 Thess.
7 aProv. 3:13,
14; Matt.
8 a1 Sam. 2:30
9 aProv. 3:22
10 aProv. 3:2
11 a1 Sam.
12 aJob 18:7;
Ps. 18:36 b[Ps.
91:11]; Prov.
14 aPs. 1:1;
Prov. 1:15
16 aPs. 36:4;
Mic. 2:1 1Lit.
18 aIs. 26:7;
Matt. 5:14, 45;
Phil. 2:15
b2 Sam. 23:4
1Lit. light
19 a1 Sam. 2:9;
[Job 18:5, 6];
Prov. 2:13; [Is.
59:9, 10; Jer.
23:12]; John
23 a[Matt.
12:34; 15:18,
19; Mark 7:21;
Luke 6:45] 24 1devious
26 aProv. 5:21;
Heb. 12:13


8 aExalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head aan ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, aAnd the years of your life will be many.
11 I have ataught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, ayour steps will not be hindered, bAnd when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.

14 aDo not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.
16 aFor they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is 1taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.

18 aBut the path of the just bis like the shining 1sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 aThe way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of alife.
24 Put away from you a 1deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your afeet,

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And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

The Peril of Adultery


1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; 1Lend your ear to my understanding,
2 That you may 1preserve discretion, And your lips amay keep knowledge.
3 aFor the lips of 1an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is bsmoother than oil;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death, aHer steps lay hold of 1hell.
6 Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.

7 Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,
9 Lest you give your 1honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;
10 Lest aliens be filled with your 1wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!
13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
14 I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, 1Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with athe wife of your youth.
19 aAs a loving deer and a graceful doe,

CHAPTER 5 References

1 1Lit. Bow
2 aMal. 2:7
good judgment
3 aProv. 2:16
bPs. 55:21
1Lit. a strange
5 aProv. 7:27
1Or Sheol
9 1vigor
10 1Lit.
16 1Channels
18 aDeut. 24:5;
Eccl. 9:9; Mal.
19 aSong 2:9
1Lit. intoxicated
20 aProv. 2:16
21 a2 Chr. 16:9;
Job 31:4;
34:21; Prov.
15:3; Jer.
16:17; 32:19;
Hos. 7:2; Heb.
4:13 1observes,
22 aNum.
32:23; Ps. 9:5;
Prov. 1:31; Is.
23 aJob 4:21

CHAPTER 6 References

1 aProv. 11:15
1guaranty or
collateral 2Lit.
4 aPs. 132:4
5 1One who
catches birds
in a trap or
6 aJob 12:7
7 1Lit. leader
8 1Lit. bread
9 aProv. 24:33,
34 1Lit. lie
11 aProv. 10:4
13 aJob 15:12;
Ps. 35:19;
Prov. 10:10
1gives signals,
lit. scrapes

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be 1enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by aan immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

21 aFor the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He 1ponders all his paths.
22 aHis own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
23 aHe shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Dangerous Promises


1 My son, aif you become 1surety for your friend, If you have 2shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.
3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend.
4 aGive no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the 1fowler.

The Folly of Indolence

6 aGo to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no 1captain, Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her 1supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 aHow long will you 1slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 aSo shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.

The Wicked Man

12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 aHe winks with his eyes, He 1shuffles his feet,

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He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart, aHe devises evil continually, bHe sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come asuddenly; Suddenly he shall bbe broken cwithout remedy.

16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to 1Him:
17 aA1 proud look, bA lying tongue, cHands that shed innocent blood,
18 aA heart that devises wicked plans, bFeet that are swift in running to evil,
19 aA false witness who speaks lies, And one who bsows discord among brethren.

Beware of Adultery

20 aMy son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 aBind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
22 aWhen you roam, 1they will lead you; When you sleep, bthey will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 aFor the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 aTo keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 aDo not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For aby means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; bAnd 1an adulteress will cprey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, ahe must restore sevenfold;

14 aProv. 3:29;
Mic. 2:1
bProv. 6:19
15 aProv.
24:22; Is.
1 Thess. 5:3
bJer. 19:11
c2 Chr. 36:16
16 1Lit. His
17 aPs. 101:5;
Prov. 21:4 bPs.
120:2; Prov.
12:22 cDeut.
19:10; Prov.
28:17; Is. 1:15
1Lit. Haughty
18 aGen. 6:5;
Ps. 36:4; Prov.
24:2; Jer.
18:18; Mark
14:1, 43–46
b2 Kin.
5:20–27; Is.
59:7; Rom.
19 aPs. 27:12;
Prov. 19:5, 9;
Matt. 26:59–66
bProv. 6:14;
1 Cor.
1:11–13; [Jude
3, 4, 16–19] 20 aEph. 6:1
21 aProv. 3:3
22 a[Prov. 3:23] bProv. 2:11
1Lit. it
23 aPs. 19:8;
2 Pet. 1:19
24 aProv. 2:16
25 aMatt. 5:28
26 aProv. 29:3
bGen. 39:14
cEzek. 13:18
1Wife of another,
lit. a
man’s wife
31 aEx. 22:1–4
32 aProv. 7:7
34 aProv. 27:4;
Song 8:6
35 1Lit. lift up
the face of

He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman alacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For ajealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will 1accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

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Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment


1 aSing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their aKing.
3 aLet them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For athe LORD takes pleasure in His people; bHe will beautify the 1humble with salvation.

PSALM 149 References

1 aPs. 33:3
1Heb. Hallelujah
2 aJudg. 8:23;
Zech. 9:9;
Matt. 21:5
3 aPs. 81:2
4 aPs. 35:27
bPs. 132:16
5 aJob 35:10
6 aHeb. 4:12
9 aDeut. 7:1, 2
b1 Cor. 6:2
1Heb. Hallelujah

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them asing aloud on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And aa two-edged sword in their hand,
7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples;
8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 aTo execute on them the written judgment— bThis honor have all His saints.

1Praise the LORD!




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