Table of Contents-November / December 2019

1. In the Beginning

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. … read more

2. Instruction in Your Life

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. …read more

3. Understanding- Not Your Own

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? …read more

4. Wisdom – Better than Rubies

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 in the Book of Proverbs and in the Song of Solomon….read more

5. Discretion is Wisdom in Motion

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. … read more

6. News and Views

After 36 years of lobbying by Iraq, the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon was designated in July a UNESCO World Heritage Site. …read more

7. Death Without Justice

“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later” (1 Timothy 5:24 NKJV). …read more

8. The Instruction of Judgement

A 2018 study from Cornell University estimates that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. Each decision, of course, carries certain consequences with it that are either good or bad. Likewise, with every decision we make, we may use either good or bad judgment. …read more

9. Justice (Tzedek) — A Tri-Literal Root

The three Hebrew words Tze-dek, Tzedak-ah, and Tzad-dik, are the words for Justice, Charity, and a Righteous One. The root of these Hebrew words yields many branches of words with specific meaning; all of these words are related and interconnected. …read more

10. Equity: Perfect Justice

Equity is a one-word summary of many lessons in the Book of Proverbs. It conveys the thought of perfect justice — unattainable to mankind, yet natural for God. Equity implies equal opportunity. …read more

11. Solomon: A Case Study

Solomon lived in a world of nearly infinite possibilities, endless growth, and continual personal advancement. There seemed no end to his ascent into wisdom, wealth, and adoration. However, this meteoric rise prevented him from seeing the inevitable conclusion of his own journey; he never acted as if he had crossed accomplishment’s finish line. …read more

12. The Virtuous Woman

In all human history, the wise have pursued virtue. The Scriptures use the word virtue to indicate “moral character and excellence of soul” (Strong’s 1411). Therefore, one who is virtuous possesses the strength of character, moral excellence, and intrinsic value and stability. Proverbs 31 describes the lovely quality of virtue as it is displayed within the character and role of a godly woman. …read more

13. A Lifestyle of Wisdom

When God created Adam and Eve, He commissioned them to rule the world (Genesis 1:28). God gave them free will to either live obediently in His wisdom or disobey by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). Their decision to disobey and eat the forbidden fruit led to their suffering and death and the same for all of mankind. However, God gave them hope of a savior (Genesis 3:15). …read more

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