Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wisdom Project 2/9

Proverbs 9 - NIV
Proverbs 9 - ESV

Proverbs 9:8-9 . . .
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.


teach a just [righteous] man; one that is truly so, that has seen the insufficiency of his own righteousness, and has renounced that, and does not trust in it; and who has learned Christ, as the Lord his righteousness; has seen the glory, fullness, and suitableness of his righteousness, and trusts unto it and depends upon it; and in consequence of this lives soberly, righteously, and godly; teach such a man the doctrines of the Gospel, and every lesson of obedience and duty, and he will increase in learning; he will grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ and all divine things; see (Matthew 13:12)

The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

3 John 8
Bill H.

WISDOM PROJECT: For this month, I will supply links to both the NIV and ESV versions of the chapter each day (Feb. 1 = Proverbs 1, etc.) in the post—both of which contain the audio.

And in the month of February a unique feature for the WP will be Commentaries on selected passages/verses from within the chapter for the day. And for the most part, these comments will be from links in the Online Bible Study Resources feature here on the 3 John 8 blog (scroll down in the column to the right to find the links).

Note to Proverbs class participants: this is the place where you should post your application comments for the Daily Proverbs Reading Assignment.


Shawna said...

10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Again we are reminded of the source of wisdom and understanding. are we really trusting the source? Are we more interested in finding the wisdom on our own power? I think sometimes we try so hard to make grades that we forget to have the fear of the Lord and retain the knowledge He wants us to have. Sometimes the lesson is in the F.

Jillian F. said...

Verse 8 - "Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you." This makes me ask myself - what is my attitude like when someone give me constructive criticism? Do I get angry and refuse to listen, or do I eagerly take their advice and seek true change? What my response is when someone reproves or criticizes me can be a determiner of how wise I really am.

Michael said...

In obtaining more learning, the wise one positions himself to be able to dispense and share more. In the parable our LORD tells of the increase to those who have much and use it properly (Matt 13). In the pursuit of wisdom, the process is one of continually searching for God in all things. The wise one will continue to answer Woman Wisdom’s call. LORD, even today help me to seek and search you out in whatever awaits me according to your plan. Mike T.

Jim Morrison said...

Once again we are reminded that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We have a choice. Both wisdom and folly cry out to us they both seek to have our undivided attention. The question is which one will we follow.

Jeremy said...

Verse 17 says, "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" I am drawn to this verse because it really does paint a clear picture of sin. Satan does such a great job of presenting sinful choices in this way. Sin always seems appealing or promises instant gratification, but in the end, it leads to death (consequences). It would be better if verse 17 said, "Stolen water is bitter; food eaten in secret is disgusting!" I must remember that God always has a better offer than sin. Jesus says that the thief has come to steal, kill, and destroy, that is the purpose of Satan and sin. On the other hand, Jesus came to provide life to the fullest.

Jessica said...

verse 8-9 really stood out to me. "Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." i need to evaluate how i handle correction. am i listening to correction and instruction and growing from it

Danielle Cummings said...

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will still be wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." I think many christians live their lives thinking that at some point they will have either done enough, studied the Word enough, or prayed enough to be seen as a wise person. God tells us through verse 9 that wise men continue to learn which means that noone can ever be wise enough. We cant find ourselves becoming comfortable with where we are in our walk with Christ. There is always more to learn, so seek it out.

TheErbentrauts said...

Response 2/9/2010 1:36 PM
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

As a Christian we should expect an occasional mocking from the world. I love what the little book of Philippians has to say about what our response to our adversary should be.
Php 1:27-28 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; (28) And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
When new are challenged by the dworld ,our behavior and steadfast love is extremely important.

John Erbentraut

Kate said...

Chapter 9 concludes the contrast between the wise path and the foolish path. The wise listen and appreciate instruction and discipline. That's the reaction that we need to learn to have.

Carrie L. said...

I found it interesting that Lady Wisdom and Madam Folly both call out to the simple to " come in here! she says to those who lack judgement".
Their reasons for calling out to these people are very different though. Lady Wisdom calls to them to leave their simple ways and you will live; walk in the the way of understanding. Madam Folly has a different message. " Stoloen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious".
We find the path metephor again in this chapter. Will we follow the path to Lady Wisdom's house where long life and wisdom will reward you, or will we enter the dwelling place of Madam Folly where her guests are in the depths of the grave?

Rachel said...

Verses 1-6 of chapter 9 offer one example of an instance where Wisdom is doing almost exactly what Folly does, with very different motives and results. For example in chapter 7, the adulterous calls out from the street. She has prepared her house and her bed for her purposes and she ensnares "a young man lacking sense", one of the simple. In chapter 9, Wisdom prepares her house and her table for her own purposes and she and her young women call out to the simple. However, the offering they make is completely contrary to that of the adulterous, though both are enticing in their own way. It is the man who is able to perceive the difference that will gain life and wisdom.

Gabe Vanderstel said...

verse 17- "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is tasty!"
This is the lie that the enemy wants us to believe. Folly will tell you that the pleasures of the world will fulfill us and be delightful if we indulge in secret. The truth is far from that. Sin can never fulfill us and will leave you feeling empty and decieved. I remember stealing a piece of candy when I was a child. Instead the candy tasting good as I had imagined it taste, It was not even enjoyable and it lead to consequences.

Sarah said...

Verse 11 caught my attention, because it says that through Him (God) our lives will have many years and He will add years if we are wise. The wisdom comes from God. So if we seek wisdom from God then He will add many years to our lives to do His Will.

Ashlie said...

I really did like how it shows you both paths the way of the wise and the way of the wicked. The verse that caught my attention was vs.17 where it talks about how stolen water is sweet. I know that at the time it seems sweet but later there is regret and disappointment. It reminded me of something someone said can something bitter ever be sweet.

Mandi said...

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Once again the proverb talks about the fear of the Lord and how it is the beginning of wisdom. It all starts with fearing the Lord! then that will bring the rest!

George said...

“If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it” (v.12).
V. 12 really stuck out to me. God gives wisdom, and the wise are blessed. Those who reject Wisdom’s invitation have no one to blame but themselves for the sad plight of their lives. The wise receive grace’s gift, which is deliverance from the way of death. Those on their way with Folly bear everything alone.

Renee said...

Both wisdom and folly call out to the simple. It is interesting that they both call out the simple man. It seems that he is in between these two extremes and has a choice to make.

Tim K. said...

Verses like 17 remind me that the problem with sin is it looks so good. If it did not look good it would not be so tempting. But wisdom tells me that the reason sin is so tempting is because of our nature. Is Stolen water really better? No, but something in us tells us it is. The thought of walking across the grass or touching wet paint never enters my mind until I see a sign that tells me not to do it.

Lisa said...

I love verse 9. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

This reminds me that there is never an end to learning. We need to continue on learning from God's Word because there will never be a point where I can say... I know it all. I pray that I can continue to have that desire to grow and gain wisdom, even when I am old!

TWash said...

What hit me was all about being teachable. It is crazy when I find myself looking back on life and saying, "What was I thinking." There were soo many missed opportunities for me to learn. It doesn't matter how old I get. When I stop being teachable and learning, my fall is soon to come!

Cody F said...

I thought that verses 8-9 really applied to some of my other classes that I've been doing. In my business class we've been talking about partnerships, integrity and ethics. I thought it is very applicable because someone who is wise will listen to what other people tell them instead of going on their own ideas. Also, someone who has integrity is very highly valued and can often do well in organizations, those who don't often end up with some major problems when their caught, anything from getting fired to going to jail. So it made me think of it from that point of view.