Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 8


Proverbs 8

Scripture

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Amplified Version *colors added by me

1DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?2On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];

3At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:

4To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.

5O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.(A)

6Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.

7For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.

8All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.

9They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].

10Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

11For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.(B)

12I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion.(C)

13The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.

14I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.

15By me kings reign and rulers decree justice.(D)

16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.

17I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.(E)

18Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God).(F)

19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.

20I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,

21That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.

22The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.

23I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed.(G)

24When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.

25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth,(H)

26While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.

27When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,

28When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,

29When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth–(I)

30Then I [Wisdom] was [a]beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always,(J)

31Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men.(K)

32Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways.(L)

33Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.

34Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.

36But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.


* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 8

Reflection on Proverbs 8:10-11~ Quick Bible Studies

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Proverbs 8 Spiritual Checkup

DEATH WISH
“All those who hate [wisdom] love death.”- Proverbs 8:36

On a lonely 3-mile stretch of Florida beach, 100 pilot whales hurled themselves onto dry ground in an apparent mass suicide. It was another example of self-destructive behavior that continues to baffle marine biologists.

These huge creatures had beached themselves in a follow-the-leader fashion. People came from miles around to try to turn them back. At one point a human fence was formed between the whales and the shoreline.

But even when those sea mammals were pushed, pulled, and forced back into deeper water, many of them repeated their death surge and lunged onto dry ground again.

There’s something about human beings that mimics those whales. Our sinful nature causes us to self-destruct. The Creator has provided a sea of wisdom for us to live in. Yet like unreasonable animals, we seem obsessed with a desire to break out of the element we were created for. Instead of remaining in the expanse of a loving conscious submission to God, we throw ourselves onto the arid ground of disobedience.

We may think we would never do that, but that’s what we’re doing every time we sin. Instead of loving death, let’s believe what God says and love wisdom.– Martin R. De Haan II Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

Grant us, O Lord, Thy wisdom true,
A sense of right in all we do,
And as we daily walk with Thee,
Help us Thy grace and truth to see.– Dennis J. De Haan

Love wisdom — love God; Hate wisdom — love death.

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 8

Key Words*

Most have been covered in the previous chapters.

Commentaries

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

Most of this sounds a lot like the first few chapters of Proverbs. If we haven’t got it by now, I don’t think we ever will get it. We can just read verse 1 and then verse 36 and get the weight of all that has come before.

1DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?

36But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.

Wisdom is crying out – if you have been reading through Proverbs every day and you haven’t heard her – just stop right here and start again. Don’t go past this chapter until you have heard Wisdom’s cry. Same with understanding, and even thought it isn’t specifically mentioned in this verse, knowledge. If you can’t see the wisdom, can’t understand the text, or haven’t gain some knew knowledge in these first 8 chapters – then stop and go back. Even the most seasoned, mature Christian should have found at least one nugget to use in changing how they currently live. I mean it, stop and go back.

Why? Because, if you missed it you stand the chance of sinning and if you do that, you will only harm and injure yourself. That’s right – this isn’t about anyone else. This isn’t about your mom, your dad, your wife, your husband, your sister, your brother, you boss, your WHOEVER! This is about YOU! YOU are the only one that stands the chance to get injured.

And if you hate reading through all this, hate the conviction that might be coming on you, or just can’t stand to read these everyday because it’s a drag or you think there isn’t anything in here for you – well, then you hate Wisdom. And the last verse says, if you hate wisdom, you love and court death. That’s right, it’s what it says. If you hate wisdom you love and court DEATH!! If you’ve been reading my blog, you might say, “So, what does that word translated as death really mean?” Well, it’s shocking actually, the word is mâveth and it means: From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin: – (be) dead ([-ly]), death, die (-d).

Did the actual meaning make you feel any better? ….. Didn’t think so.

Prayer

Father, forgive me if I have despised, missed, or ignored something that Your Wisdom has been calling out to me.  I want to know your ways and walk in them. I want Your Wisdom, Your Understanding, and Your Knowledge. Lord, please open my eyes that I might see anything that You desire for me to learn, change, or apply to my life.

Father, I pray that anyone who has read from Proverbs chapter 1 up to chapter 8 and has not seen anything for them to change, consider changing, or learn anew, will have the courage to turn back now. To embrace the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge that you wish to impart to them.

Thank you that as Your children we can turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction. That we can turn to Jesus Christ Your Son for comfort and rescue. And that we can turn to You, God, Father, for everything. All for Your honor and glory, Amen!

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