Thursday, November 24, 2011

Proverbs 16-19: Walking Wisely

LINKS: Proverbs 16Proverbs 17. Proverbs 18 Proverbs 19 
(read over the next four days)

BACKGROUND

Solomon wrote 3,000 verses (1 Kings 4:32). The book of Proverbs is only a small number of them.

Note that the word "LORD" (Yahweh) is used eleven times in Proverbs 16. In fact, this word is used more than 75 times in the entire book, as opposed to the word translated as "God" that appears only seven times. Yahweh is the Hebrew word for God when referring to his dealings with His chosen people whereas "God" is used more in His dealings with mankind in general. Yahweh is more intimate. Proverbs was written primarily for the family of God. Proverbs 16:1-22:16 contain counsel for God's people to live godly and righteous lives in an ungodly world. Intimacy with Yahweh is the key to all righteous living.

Most of the verses in this section are either

Comparisons in synonymous parallelism meaning a line strengthens, develops, reinforces or repeats the line before it

OR

Completions in synthetic parallelism meaning a line goes further than just repeating or reinforcing but by providing more information on the line before it

As opposed to the more common lines found in other parts of Proverbs known as
Contrasts in antithetic parallelism meaning a line contrasts the message or the point of the line before it. (See Proverbs 10:1)
REFLECTION and APPLICATION

In these proverbs Solomon gives us God's perspective on a variety of subjects such as our heart, home, speech, conduct, money, relationships, etc. Meditate deeply on them over the next few days and ask God to help you to walk in wisdom especially as you head into the holidays! We all could use more wisdom during this time of year!

PRAYER

LORD, help us to be careful how we walk, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of our time, because the days are evil. LORD, teach us not to be foolish, but to understand what Your will is for us (Ephesians 5:15-17). In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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