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Proverbs 1:1-33
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The Beginning of Knowledge

1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2To know wisdom and instruction,

to understand words of insight,

3to receive instruction in wise dealing,

in righteousness, justice, and equity;

4to give prudence to the simple,

knowledge and discretion to the youth—

5Let the wise hear and increase in learning,

and the one who understands obtain guidance,

6to understand a proverb and a saying,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

8Hear, my son, your father's instruction,

and forsake not your mother's teaching,

9for they are a graceful garland for your head

and pendants for your neck.

10My son, if sinners entice you,

do not consent.

11If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;

let us ambush the innocent without reason;

12like Sheol let us swallow them alive,

and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

13we shall find all precious goods,

we shall fill our houses with plunder;

14throw in your lot among us;

we will all have one purse”—

15my son, do not walk in the way with them;

hold back your foot from their paths,

16for their feet run to evil,

and they make haste to shed blood.

17For in vain is a net spread

in the sight of any bird,

18but these men lie in wait for their own blood;

they set an ambush for their own lives.

19Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;

it takes away the life of its possessors.

The Call of Wisdom

20Wisdom cries aloud in the street,

in the markets she raises her voice;

21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?

How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing

and fools hate knowledge?

23If you turn at my reproof,1

behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;

I will make my words known to you.

24Because I have called and you refused to listen,

have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

25because you have ignored all my counsel

and would have none of my reproof,

26I also will laugh at your calamity;

I will mock when terror strikes you,

27when terror strikes you like a storm

and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

when distress and anguish come upon you.

28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

29Because they hated knowledge

and did not choose the fear of the Lord,

30would have none of my counsel

and despised all my reproof,

31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,

and have their fill of their own devices.

32For the simple are killed by their turning away,

and the complacency of fools destroys them;

33but whoever listens to me will dwell secure

and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Footnotes

  • 1 1:23 Or Will you turn away at my reproof?
Displaying 1-7 of 7 sermons for this passage.

“See It, Say It, Sorted”

Jude 1–2 Sermon 43:36 ID: 3640

Repairing the Ruins

Proverbs 1:1–33 Sermon 51:42 ID: 3326

The Beginning of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 Sermon 45:41 ID: 3216

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

Portrait of a Fool

Proverbs 1:22–39 Sermon 44:42 ID: 1057

The Source of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 Sermon 38:58 ID: 1044

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Genesis 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Series ID: 26801

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Unlocking Treasure in the Book of Proverbs Proverbs 1:1–31:31 Series ID: 24301


Proverbs 2:1-22
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The Value of Wisdom

1My son, if you receive my words

and treasure up my commandments with you,

2making your ear attentive to wisdom

and inclining your heart to understanding;

3yes, if you call out for insight

and raise your voice for understanding,

4if you seek it like silver

and search for it as for hidden treasures,

5then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

6For the Lord gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8guarding the paths of justice

and watching over the way of his saints.

9Then you will understand righteousness and justice

and equity, every good path;

10for wisdom will come into your heart,

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11discretion will watch over you,

understanding will guard you,

12delivering you from the way of evil,

from men of perverted speech,

13who forsake the paths of uprightness

to walk in the ways of darkness,

14who rejoice in doing evil

and delight in the perverseness of evil,

15men whose paths are crooked,

and who are devious in their ways.

16So you will be delivered from the forbidden1 woman,

from the adulteress2 with her smooth words,

17who forsakes the companion of her youth

and forgets the covenant of her God;

18for her house sinks down to death,

and her paths to the departed;3

19none who go to her come back,

nor do they regain the paths of life.

20So you will walk in the way of the good

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21For the upright will inhabit the land,

and those with integrity will remain in it,

22but the wicked will be cut off from the land,

and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Footnotes

  • 1 2:16 Hebrew strange
  • 2 2:16 Hebrew foreign woman
  • 3 2:18 Hebrew to the Rephaim
Displaying 1-3 of 3 sermons for this passage.

“See It, Say It, Sorted”

Jude 1–2 Sermon 43:36 ID: 3640

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

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Unlocking Treasure in the Book of Proverbs Proverbs 1:1–31:31 Series ID: 24301


Proverbs 3:1-35
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

1My son, do not forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep my commandments,

2for length of days and years of life

and peace they will add to you.

3Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;

bind them around your neck;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

4So you will find favor and good success1

in the sight of God and man.

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

7Be not wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

8It will be healing to your flesh2

and refreshment3 to your bones.

9Honor the Lord with your wealth

and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

10then your barns will be filled with plenty,

and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline

or be weary of his reproof,

12for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,

as a father the son in whom he delights.

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

13Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,

and the one who gets understanding,

14for the gain from her is better than gain from silver

and her profit better than gold.

15She is more precious than jewels,

and nothing you desire can compare with her.

16Long life is in her right hand;

in her left hand are riches and honor.

17Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

and all her paths are peace.

18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;

those who hold her fast are called blessed.

19The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;

by understanding he established the heavens;

20by his knowledge the deeps broke open,

and the clouds drop down the dew.

21My son, do not lose sight of these—

keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22and they will be life for your soul

and adornment for your neck.

23Then you will walk on your way securely,

and your foot will not stumble.

24If you lie down, you will not be afraid;

when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25Do not be afraid of sudden terror

or of the ruin4 of the wicked, when it comes,

26for the Lord will be your confidence

and will keep your foot from being caught.

27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,5

when it is in your power to do it.

28Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,

tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

29Do not plan evil against your neighbor,

who dwells trustingly beside you.

30Do not contend with a man for no reason,

when he has done you no harm.

31Do not envy a man of violence

and do not choose any of his ways,

32for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,

but the upright are in his confidence.

33The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked,

but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

34Toward the scorners he is scornful,

but to the humble he gives favor.6

35The wise will inherit honor,

but fools get7 disgrace.

Footnotes

  • 1 3:4 Or repute
  • 2 3:8 Hebrew navel
  • 3 3:8 Or medicine
  • 4 3:25 Hebrew storm
  • 5 3:27 Hebrew Do not withhold good from its owners
  • 6 3:34 Or grace
  • 7 3:35 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
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A Word to High School Graduates

Proverbs 3:5–6 Sermon Includes Transcript 25:49 ID: 3606

“See It, Say It, Sorted”

Jude 1–2 Sermon 43:36 ID: 3640

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

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Proverbs 4:1-27
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A Father's Wise Instruction

1Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,

and be attentive, that you may gain1 insight,

2for I give you good precepts;

do not forsake my teaching.

3When I was a son with my father,

tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

4he taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

keep my commandments, and live.

5Get wisdom; get insight;

do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

6Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

love her, and she will guard you.

7The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever you get, get insight.

8Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

9She will place on your head a graceful garland;

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

10Hear, my son, and accept my words,

that the years of your life may be many.

11I have taught you the way of wisdom;

I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12When you walk, your step will not be hampered,

and if you run, you will not stumble.

13Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;

guard her, for she is your life.

14Do not enter the path of the wicked,

and do not walk in the way of the evil.

15Avoid it; do not go on it;

turn away from it and pass on.

16For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;

they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

17For they eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

18But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

19The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

they do not know over what they stumble.

20My son, be attentive to my words;

incline your ear to my sayings.

21Let them not escape from your sight;

keep them within your heart.

22For they are life to those who find them,

and healing to all their2 flesh.

23Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

24Put away from you crooked speech,

and put devious talk far from you.

25Let your eyes look directly forward,

and your gaze be straight before you.

26Ponder3 the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

27Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.

Footnotes

  • 1 4:1 Hebrew know
  • 2 4:22 Hebrew his
  • 3 4:26 Or Make level
Displaying 1-4 of 4 sermons for this passage.

“See It, Say It, Sorted”

Jude 1–2 Sermon 43:36 ID: 3640

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

Fatherly Advice from a Friend

Proverbs 4:1–27 Sermon 21:35 ID: 1049

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Proverbs 5:1-23
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Warning Against Adultery

1My son, be attentive to my wisdom;

incline your ear to my understanding,

2that you may keep discretion,

and your lips may guard knowledge.

3For the lips of a forbidden1 woman drip honey,

and her speech2 is smoother than oil,

4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword.

5Her feet go down to death;

her steps follow the path to3 Sheol;

6she does not ponder the path of life;

her ways wander, and she does not know it.

7And now, O sons, listen to me,

and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8Keep your way far from her,

and do not go near the door of her house,

9lest you give your honor to others

and your years to the merciless,

10lest strangers take their fill of your strength,

and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,

11and at the end of your life you groan,

when your flesh and body are consumed,

12and you say, “How I hated discipline,

and my heart despised reproof!

13I did not listen to the voice of my teachers

or incline my ear to my instructors.

14I am at the brink of utter ruin

in the assembled congregation.”

15Drink water from your own cistern,

flowing water from your own well.

16Should your springs be scattered abroad,

streams of water in the streets?

17Let them be for yourself alone,

and not for strangers with you.

18Let your fountain be blessed,

and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

19a lovely deer, a graceful doe.

Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;

be intoxicated4 always in her love.

20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman

and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?5

21For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord,

and he ponders6 all his paths.

22The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,

and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

23He dies for lack of discipline,

and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Footnotes

  • 1 5:3 Hebrew strange; also verse 20
  • 2 5:3 Hebrew palate
  • 3 5:5 Hebrew lay hold of
  • 4 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
  • 5 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman
  • 6 5:21 Or makes level
Displaying 1-5 of 5 sermons for this passage.

“See It, Say It, Sorted”

Jude 1–2 Sermon 43:36 ID: 3640

Pulling Weeds: Repairing Marital Messes

Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 5:15–23 Sermon 48:01 ID: 2771

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

Warning against Adultery

Proverbs 5:1–23 Sermon Includes Transcript 46:36 ID: 2282

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The Kingdom of God, Volume 1

Genesis 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Series ID: 26801

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