1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (KJV)
Solomon – Son of David – King of Israel recorded these proverbs to accomplish a three-fold purpose. 1) They are to teach wisdom to the simpleminded. 2) They are to teach discretion and discipline to the young, and 3) they are to offer understanding and insight making the wise exponentially wiser.
Everyone achieving a successful life is the goal of these teachings – Success not measured in human terms – But success fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. Speaking only for myself, “I desire a successful life – On God’s terms!” If that is your desire as well, join me in exploring and applying these proverbs to current situations in life.
The heart of Solomon’s teachings is found in verse 7 of chapter 1. The fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (NLT)
If we are going to build successful lives we must begin with the correct foundation. Examine your life today as I examine mine. Is our version of success predicated upon reverence for God?
Is our knowledge base drawn from the well-spring of God’s Word or the cesspool of human desire?
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (KJV)