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    Bible Study: Proverbs 30-31

    Bible Study: Proverbs 30-31

    Let’s turn now in our Bibles to Proverbs, chapter thirty. We have been dealing with the proverbs of Solomon, and now we have a collection of proverbs that are ascribed to Agur Benjakeh. He is the son of Jakeh. It is called a prophecy, and thus there is the acknowledgment that this is inspired of God. He is speaking through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

    even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal (30:1),

    So this is a prophecy given by this man Agur, who is the son of Jakeh, or Yakeh, unto these two men Ithiel and Ucal. He begins by confessing his own sin and nothingness.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 26, 29

    Bible Study: Proverbs 26, 29

    Now, going back to pick up chapter twenty six in Proverbs, which we inadvertently skipped last Sunday night. The twenty sixth chapter of Proverbs, you remember now beginning with chapter twenty five, these particular Proverbs were gathered by the order of Hezekiah. He had his scribes gather together some of the proverbs of Solomon. It would seem that in chapter twenty six they sort of grouped the proverbs by theme.

    The first theme that is covered is that of a fool. Most of the proverbs in the first part of chapter twenty six refer to the fool. Beginning with verse thirteen, he then addresses the proverbs of Solomon, what Solomon had to say about the lazy man. Then he ends the chapter, or they ended the chapter with the proverbs of Solomon that dealt with the strife and the problems that can be created by the tongue of man. By lies, by deceit, by talebearing, the problems that come from the tongue of a man. So those are the three basic categories.

    Solomon’s observations concerning the fool. Now as we get into Solomon’s observation concerning the fool, I think that it is important to get a Biblical definition of a fool. The Biblical definition of a fool is, “A man who has said in his heart, there is no God”. So the man who lives without an awareness or consciousness of God, that man is a fool. A man who seeks to govern and direct his own life, without seeking the guidance of God. That man is a fool. The man who says in his heart, “there is no God”, and thus he doesn’t live by the standards or the rules that God has set. For he lives a godless life. So…

    As snow in the summer, [Which is quite inappropriate, wouldn’t mind a bit, but it’s inappropriate!] and as rain in harvest, [That’s bad, rain in the time of harvest will cause the grain to mildew, and to sour.] so honour is not seemly for a fool (26:1).

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 27-28

    Bible Study: Proverbs 27-28

    Shall we turn in our Bibles now to Proverbs? Tonight we begin with chapter twenty-seven, as we continue our journey through the bible. Now these are the proverbs of Solomon. Beginning with chapter twenty-six, they are proverbs that were collected during the time that Hezekiah was the king. So it was some four hundred years after he had written them, that Hezekiah, the king, ordered his scribes to collect as many they could of Solomon’s proverbs. So these were collected in addition to the proverbs that we already had. It, it would be like someone commissioning now, to find all of the literary works of Columbus. “Let’s record that which hasn’t been recorded history of Columbus.” You can understand really the difficulty of compiling so many years after these were written!

    But the purpose of a proverb is for instruction, and of course we realize that, most of us grew up on proverbs. Our parents used them constantly in instructing us, and in training us. As we were growing up, we were always reminded that, “The early bird catches the worm”, and these various proverbs that we were taught by. On that, “early bird catching the worm”, I read a poem once that I thought was rather interesting. It said, “Ever since the early bird caught the worm, in world wide fame, he’s wallowed. But the worm got up early too, and what did he get? Swallowed!”, But the purpose of a proverb is to give wisdom, and to give instruction, and it’s, it’s actually a part of a catechism, of sorts. Learning by proverbs.

    So as we continue with these proverbs, the bits of wisdom, the observations of life.

    Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth (27:1).

    The uncertainty of tomorrow. A lot of people put off until tomorrow things that need to be done. They boast of tomorrow. “Tomorrow I’ll do it!” But, so many times, tomorrow never arrives. It, it’s uncertain. Therefore the importance really of doing things now, while the opportunity is there, not putting off until tomorrow. So many people have great plans for the future, but as we are exhorted in the new testament, rather than saying, “Tomorrow, I’ll do this and that”, we should rather say, “If the Lord wills tomorrow, this is what we will do”. For the Lord’s will is always the contingency factor in all of our planning. “This is what I anticipate, this is what I hope, this is what I plan to do, if the Lord wills.” But that should always be a part of the planning process, the will of God governing our lives.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 25

    Bible Study: Proverbs 25

    Let’s turn now to Proverbs, chapter twenty five. As we are told, beginning with chapter twenty five that…

    These also are the proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out (25:1).

    So Solomon was very prolific. He wrote some three thousand proverbs. We don’t have them all. This compilation was made several years after Solomon’s death. It was made actually about three hundred years after the death of Solomon, during the reign of king Hezekiah. We do read in Isaiah, concerning the scribes that ruled, or the scribes that were there during the rule of Hezekiah, and they gathered together, and compiled this group of proverbs from the records that they had. Which of course are extant to us today. But they are more of Solomon’s proverbs.

    It is the glory of God to cover [kophar] a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter (25:2).

    Contrasting here between God, and kings. As far as a king is concerned, he was to be a judge over the people. Matters of judgment were brought to him. He was sort of the court of last resort. He was the final appeal, was made to a king. It was an honor to the king to search out diligently the truth. To inquire, to research, to investigate, to interrogate, in order that he might discover all of the facts, that he might then make a judgment that will be equitable, and honest. And, it was the honor of the king. His honor was sort of at stake, in the making of the right judgment.

    However, in contrast to that, it was the glory of God to cover a matter. Where the king was trying to dig out all of the facts, God covering all of the gory details of our life of sin. It’s a glory to God to just cover it over. David said, using the same Hebrew word, “kophar”, “Oh how happy is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 23-24

    Bible Study: Proverbs 23-24

    Shall we turn now to our Bibles, Proverbs, chapter twenty three, as we continue our study through the word. Proverbs, twenty three.

    Now I don’t know that there’s anything so spiritual about the first bit of instruction that we receive here. Just good, practical, sound advice. Now several times in the twenty third chapter, we’re going to be hearing Solomon addressing his remarks to his son. He’s talking about making his father happy, about making his mother proud. So these are just sort of fatherly exhortations, or fatherly advice to a son, and a part of the training of the son. A part of the fatherly advice is, is teaching them certain etiquette. So this has to do deal more with etiquette probably than spiritual things. But he is saying…

    When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you: And put a knife to your throat, if you’re given to appetite (23:1-2).

    “Now when they come around with those fancy trays of foods, don’t just scarf up on everything.” That’s basically what he’s saying. “Watch what you do. Those little hors d’oeuvres and all, they’re not really to fill up on.” And…

    Be not desirous of the danties: for they are deceitful meat (23:3).

    Now I’ll tell you, that is true. The hors d’oeuvres I’ve had, they are deceitful meat. They look good many times. But, I have a hard time with it, I, well?…

    Labour not to be rich (23:4):

    Don’t let being rich be your goal in life. Jesus said, “Don’t lay up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust can corrupt and decay. Treasures that can be stolen by thieves. But rather, lay up for yourself treasures in heaven”.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 21-22

    Bible Study: Proverbs 21-22

    Let’s turn now to Proverbs, chapter twenty one, as we continue our trek through the Bible, continuing the study straight through the scriptures. Solomon in the beginning of Proverbs tells us the purpose of the Proverbs are for instruction, for wisdom. To really help plant truth in your heart.

    Now so much of our education, our early training, was by proverbs. If you stop to think of it, your mother, or your dad probably quoted many proverbs to you as you were growing up. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” We all remember that. They’re telling you that the wisdom in that is that if you have something at hand, it’s really better than the hoping for something that you don’t have. “A stitch in time, saves nine.” If you delay and put things off, you’re gonna have a bigger job by the time it comes around.

    So we learn by proverbs. They’re just little bits of wisdom that are put in a nugget form that help in the instruction. So Solomon’s kids, man he wrote over three thousand proverbs, so they probably had new proverbs every day being tossed at them by their dad. So the book of Proverbs is for the purpose of imparting instruction, giving wisdom, putting the wisdom in subtle forms that make it easier to remember. So as we begin chapter twenty one, he talks about…

    The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will (21:1).

    God is sovereign. God is in control, even over the king’s heart. God turns it however He will. You remember when Nebuchadnezzar was sort of glorying in the greatness of Babylon? “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built?” According to the dream interpreted by Daniel, he did have the greatest kingdom that the world has ever seen. “Thou, O Nebuchadnezzar are the head of gold.” So this golden empire, it was replaced by the silver, “Which is inferior, even as silver’s inferior to gold. So your kingdom will fall to an inferior kingdom. But yours is the greatest. The head of gold.” Because of this great kingdom he had a lot of pride, and he was sort of glorying in the greatness of the kingdom.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 19-20

    Bible Study: Proverbs 19-20

    Let’s turn now in our Bibles to the book of Proverbs, beginning tonight in chapter nineteen. As again, we receive instruction of wisdom, of justice, of judgment, of fairness, as Solomon talks about life, and the various aspects of life. He puts truth into the form of a proverb, in order to instruct, and teach us in the way of righteousness, and judgment, and truth, and integrity, and the various subjects that he broaches in the proverbs.

    Solomon was the wealthiest man in the world, of his day. The scriptures speak of the tremendous wealth that Solomon had amassed. Where silver became as common as rocks in Jerusalem. His wealth, and glory of his kingdom was world renowned. Yet Solomon had an interest, and a concern for the poor. Because he knew that God had an interest, and a concern for the poor.

    Poverty isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. There are a lot of things that are worse than poverty. So he makes a lot of different, and interesting comparisons of things that you might have, that would be worse than being poor. So the first proverb of chapter nineteen deals with this kind of a contrast.

    Better is the poor [with] who walks [with, or] in his integrity, [A man who is honest, and yet he is poor.] he is better off than the fellow who is perverse with his lips, or the man who is [conniving, scheming, lying, cheating, for he is,] a fool (19:1).

    Because the riches that are gotten by crooked methods will be lost, as a general rule, by the same way. As I shared awhile back, there, this fellow who was part of the Mafia, who had come to Calvary Chapel for a time, who opened his faith, and showed me this big wad of hundred dollar bills, and said there was a hundred thousand dollars there. I had no reason to question that. He said, “I’m holding it right now”. He said, “I just had a scam, and I ripped off this guy”, and, and, so he said, “I get to hold this money for awhile. But”, he said, “they all know that I have it now”. He said, “It just passes in a circle”, and he said, “The guys are just all of them figuring out some scam, and they’re gonna try and rip me off for it. One of them will make it, and It’ll pass to him for awhile, and then we’ll all be after him. Because we know he’s got the wad”. He said, “We just sort of pass this around in a circle”. So, you can create a scam, you can get money by ill gain, by perverseness of lips, but you’d be better off to be an honest person, and be poor, than to have those kinds of riches.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 18

    Bible Study: Proverbs 18

    Let’s turn now to Proverbs, and we take up tonight with chapter eighteen. This first proverb is a little difficult on the surface, to understand just what he is saying.

    Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom (18:1).

    Basically what Solomon is saying is, when a man separates himself to lust, or gives himself over to lust, to his own desires, he starts living after his own passions. That he intermeddles with all wisdom. A man who seeks only to fulfill his own passions, separates himself to a lustful life. He really is intermeddling with wisdom, or is far from real wisdom. It isn’t wise to live after your own passions. It isn’t wise to live after your own lusts. That’s the life of the flesh, a life that’s governed by your own lusts, by your own desires. It’s not wise to live that kind of a life.

    A fool hath no delight in understanding (18:2),

    Now one of the real delights of life is to know, and to understand. To solve a problem, to figure out the solutions, to come to an understanding of a matter. “But a fool has no delight.” He doesn’t know that delight in understanding. So often as I’m reading the word of God, the Spirit of God will illuminate my heart, and give me an understanding of the scripture, and I’ll see in it something I’ve never seen before. It’s like finding a diamond, or a ruby. It’s just a delight, it’s a joy, I get thrilled! I just want to share it with someone! “There’s a new thing that I have discovered!” It’s not new, it’s been there all the while, but I’ve just discovered it! It’s just, I’ve just come to the place of the understanding, or, I’ve gotten an insight on it, and the Lord has just opened up mind to the understanding of it. It’s a tremendous delight, a joy, it’s a thrill! Poor fools don’t have that kind of a joy. They could care less about the truth.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 17

    Bible Study: Proverbs 17

    Let’s turn now in our Bibles to the sixteenth chapter, or seventeenth chapter of Proverbs, as we continue through the Bible. Again the proverb was designed to give instruction, and wisdom. Putting these little gems of thoughts in a proverb so that they are sort of planted in our minds. So much of our training as we grew up was with proverbs. Your parents no doubt gave you a lot of proverbs, and you stop to think of some of the instructions that you received as a child growing up. Much of it came in the form of a proverb. It sort of sticks, it has a way of just sticking in your mind and then coming back to you when you’ve blown it, and then the old proverb comes back, and, “yeah”, you know.

    So beginning with chapter seventeen, we are dealing with many, many proverbs. Solomon wrote over three thousand, and these are some of them. First of all…

    Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife (17:1).

    Speaking of the beauty, and the glory, of a household that is united. A household where there is peace, there is love. Better to be poor, have nothing as far as worldly goods are concerned, but have love, a loving household. Just a dry morsel, not even any soup to dip it in, with peace, quietness, than to have a house full of sacrifices.

    Now in those days, if you wanted to have meat for dinner, you would generally take the lamb or the ox down to the priest, and you would make a peace offering unto the Lord. A sacrifice. They would cut it, and butcher it, and they would burn the fat on the altar. They would take a portion for themselves, but then the rest was roasted and given to you. Thus when you talk about a house full of sacrifices, you’re talking about a great barbecue. Or, you’re talking about roasted meat, you’re talking about a real feast. It’s better to have just a dry morsel with peace, than your house filled with meat, sacrifices, but contention, strife.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 16

    Bible Study: Proverbs 16

    The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord (16:1).

    When you have committed yourself unto Jesus Christ, the scripture says, “It is God that works in you both to will, and to do of His good pleasure”. So the preparations of the heart. God is working in our hearts. Many times the work of God is unconscious to us. I’m not aware of what God is doing. I have discovered that God works in such natural ways in my life, that I’m not always aware of the supernatural, because it seems so natural. As the scripture prophesies, through Jeremiah, “There will come that day”, the Lord said, “when I will no longer write the law on the fleshly tables, on the tables of stone, but on the fleshly tablets of their hearts”. So as you commit your life to follow the Lord, as you surrender yourself to follow Him, God begins to plant His desires in your heart. He begins to guide you, according to His plan by giving you those strong urges in your heart.

    We have Steve down here on the front row, been working for the Lord over in Africa, and more particularly the last few months, in Uganda. I was interested as Steve shared with us, he said that he feels more at home now in Uganda, than he does here. It’s in his heart. His desire is to go back. It’s just something that God has planted in his heart. So, “The preparation of a man’s heart, the answer of his tongue, they come from the Lord”. It’s something that God just does in you. It’s that beautiful work of God within. As God makes known His will, His purpose, by just writing it in the desires of my heart. That is why, when you’re truly following the Lord, to do the will of God is, is the most pleasurable, pleasant thing that you could ever imagine. Because God has prepared your heart, put the desires there, and it’s, it’s just like doing what you feel you always wanted to do! For God has planted in your heart, His will, His desire. That’s an easy way to follow the Lord, a glorious way of following the Lord! So, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is of the Lord”, when that person has truly committed his life to follow Jesus.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 15

    Bible Study: Proverbs 15

    Alright! Proverbs fifteen. Now the proverbs are gradually changing from the earlier style of setting things in contrast. More and more as we move into the Proverbs, we’re not gonna be getting the contrast that we did in the earlier Proverbs. But more or less, a word of wisdom, then more or less an explanation, or amplification of that word of wisdom. We do start off with a contrast however, and the contrast is between a soft answer, and grievous words. We are told that…

    A soft answer turneth away wrath (15:1):

    One of the best ways to end a fight is to give a soft answer. You remember in the old testament, when Gideon had gone out against the Midianites, and God delivered the Midianites into the hands of Gideon. The men from the tribe of Ephraim came, and they said, “Why didn’t you call us to go out with you!”, you know, and they were really upset. Gideon just gave to them, a very soft answer. He said, “What did I do in comparison with what you have done? After all, you captured the king”. Well, they had already been pretty well defeated by then, and the fellows had captured them, but Gideon gave them a soft answer, and the Ephraimites went away all settled, and happy!

    There could’ve been real bitterness over that. There could have been real strife over that. In fact later on, these same Ephraimites came to Jeptha in a similar situation, and they said, “Why didn’t you call on us?”, and Jeptha said, “You rats! You didn’t turn out!”. You know, and they, they had a big confab! I mean they really got into it!

    grievous words stir up anger(15:1).

    Now again, the Bible deals with life, and the issues of life, and how to best get along in life. This is just an excellent rule to mollify troubled waters. A soft answer, turns away wrath. Try it this week. You’ll no doubt have opportunity to do so! “Where were you? What took you so long to get home?” “Well sweetheart, I was looking for a bouquet of flowers for you.” Soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words, they always stir up, and you know, as, as we had our proverbs last week, the power of the tongue to cut, or to heal. God help us to use our tongues to heal. There’s a fire, world of fire in the tongue. But, God help us that the words that we speak, will be healing, will be comforting, will help. Still dealing with the tongue, verse two…

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 12-14

    Bible Study: Proverbs 12-14

    We want to continue in our study in the book of Proverbs. Solomon wrote some three thousand proverbs, not all of them are recorded in the bible. But in the first chapter he tells us the purpose of the proverbs, and that’s a method by which a person might be instructed, in the way of wisdom, in the way of righteousness, judgment, equity, to bring knowledge and discretion.

    So as we get into chapter ten, we actually get into the proverbs of Solomon. Up to that, he’s been talking of the value, and the importance of wisdom, of understanding, of righteousness. Now he gives us the proverbs, in which he is extolling still the importance of righteousness, the importance of diligence, the importance of wisdom.

    So he gives to us these proverbs, generally in the form of contrast. The first proverb of chapter twelve, he is contrasting the person who loves instruction, with the person who hates reproof. There are some people who are open to instruction. They are doing something wrong, and you say, “Hey man you’re doing that wrong. You ought to be doing it this way”. “Oh thanks! Yeah, I was worried about that!” They love instruction. There are others who hate reproof. “Leave me alone! I know what I’m doing!”, you know, and they hate reproof. So…

    Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish (12:1-2).

    Contrast the good man with the wicked man in the second proverb.

    A good man obtains favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will be condemned by the Lord (12:2).

    So good and evil. They are in constant contrast. I have the choice to live a good life, or I have the choice to live a wicked life, if I so desire. It is tragic that some people have chosen to live a wicked life. But if you have, know this, you’re gonna be condemned by God. “The good man will obtain favour of the Lord, but the man of wicked devices, condemnation.” Again, the contrast to the wicked, and the righteous.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 10-11

    Bible Study: Proverbs 10-11

    Now this is how chapter one begins. However, in chapter one it is an introduction to the book of the Proverbs of Solomon. We really don’t get into many proverbs until we get to chapter ten. In chapter one he gives us the purpose for proverbs. Proverbs are intended to give instruction, to bring you wisdom and understanding. Then Solomon encourages us to get understanding, to seek to be instructed. He extols wisdom in the next several chapters, and how important it is, and what wisdom will do for you. Having laid out this whole dissertation on the value and the importance of wisdom, now we begin the actual proverbs.

    So, beginning with chapter ten each verse is a proverb. In these proverbs he is usually making contrast. So you want to look for the contrast. For instance the very first one…

    A wise son makes a glad father (10:1):

    How true that is that fathers are proud of their sons when they display wisdom. You feel like you’ve accomplished your purpose as a father, when your son is wise. “He makes a glad father.”

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 7-9

    Bible Study: Proverbs 7-9

    Let’s turn to Proverbs, the seventh chapter. These first early Proverbs, Solomon has been addressing to, “My son”, or, “To my children”. It’s really not necessarily literally his sons, but just to young men. Imparting wisdom that he has gained through the years. So the encouragement.

    My son, keep my words, lay up my commandments with thee. And keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them on the table of your heart. Say to wisdom, You are my sister; and call understanding your kinswoman (7:1-4).

    So the encouragement of Solomon. To keep the commandments for their life. “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them on the table of your hearts.”

    As we have said, the commandments of God are for our good. God does not forbid you from one single thing that is good for you. You remember, the Lord said to Adam, “Of all of the trees in the garden, you may freely eat”. Lots of liberty, one restraint. The restraint was, the tree that would destroy. “Now from all of the trees that are beneficial, healthy, good for you, partake! There’s one tree that destroys, one tree that will bring death, one tree that will perhaps introduce into the body, those bacteria that will ultimately cause the break down of the cell structure, the aging process. The only thing that God forbid was those things that would be harmful, and detrimental.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 4-6

    Bible Study: Proverbs 4-6

    Let’s turn now to Proverbs, chapter four. Remember the purpose of a proverb is to know wisdom, and instruction. To receive words of understanding, that we might receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity. It’s to help bring the truth to the simple, knowledge to the young man, and discretion. “A wise man will hear, he will increase his learning. A man of understanding will attain to the wise counsels.” So Proverbs, chapter four. We continue the instructions.

    Hear, children the instructions of a father, and attend that you might know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake not my law. For I was my father’s son (4:1-3),

    Now Solomon is speaking, and thus he is speaking concerning his father, David. Now there are indications in the scripture that David was not the best father. There were areas of failure. It would seem that he was not a good disciplinarian. Concerning one of his sons that had rebelled against him, it said that David never crossed him, never said any word that would cross him. The son ultimately rebelled against David.

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    Bible Study: Proverbs 1-3

    Bible Study: Proverbs 1-3

    Solomon was a very wise man. When he ascended to the throne, God said to Solomon, “Ask of me whatever you would like”. So Solomon said, “Lord, grant to me wisdom, that I might rule over these, your people”. And the Lord said, was pleased with Solomon’s request. He said, “Because you did not ask for money or fame, but for wisdom, I will not only give you wisdom but I will also give you money, and riches, and fame”. So Solomon became a very wise man.

    We are told in Kings, that he wrote three thousand proverbs. Now, I’ve been working all my life on a book of proverbs. I’ve got about five so far. If you challenge Solomon’s wisdom, then I challenge you, write a proverb.

    Now a proverb is a short little saying that incorporates a lot of wisdom. We hear proverbs all the time. You know, your parents so often speak to you in proverbs. “Honey, a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.” Now there’s a lot of wisdom to that. Having something, possessing something is, is really greater than hoping to get something that you don’t yet have. So, proverbs bring together thoughts and ideas that express a lot of wisdom.