In the Beginning

Lessons from Proverbs The first seven articles in this issue follow the sequence of the seven concepts found in Proverbs 1:2-5. The last three articles consider iconic themes that come to mind when we think of the Book of Proverbs. “Instruction” considers the source of instruction, reviews the various ways King Solomon used it, defines the obstacles that need to be overcome, defines our enemy, and then shines a light on the reward for following it. “Understanding” shows how understanding can be []

Instruction is Thy life

A Life Companion “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life” (Proverbs 4:13 KJV). by Timothy Davis As a teacher, King Solomon provides the key to victory in our lives. He tells us the secret to overcoming self. He delivers the tools for us to defeat self-will and shows us the way to walk toward the shining light of truth; to demonstrate righteous fruitage. Solomon speaks to us through the ages with pure God-given []

Understanding

Not Thine Own “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NASB, other citations from the ASV). What is understanding? Is it knowledge? Yes. Is it humility? Yes. Is it praising God? Yes. Is it righteous living? Yes. Is it applied wisdom, discretion, zeal, peace, and other things? Yes. How is this possible? God’s creation gives us a clue. The chemical sodium (Na) cannot be found in its pure form in nature, though []

Better Than Rubies Wisdom

“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it … Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars” (Proverbs 8:11, 9:1). by Micah Hess Wisdom is the skillful use of godly knowledge and understanding. Jehovah, in His infinite wisdom, answered King Solomon’s prayer request and made him the wisest in all the earth. Then King Solomon, in his finite wisdom, recorded what he learned from Jehovah []

Discretion is Wisdom in Motion

Subtilty for the Simple “To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:4). by Nathan Kaleta The four qualities magnified in the Book of Proverbs are wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity (Proverbs 1:3). These are the four unassailable categories of truth that King Solomon learned from God and which he details for us. They are important ingredients for living a godly life. But these qualities must be practiced in order to produce results in one’s life []