Proverbs identifies loyalty, honesty, and sensitivity as characteristics of genuine friendship. Alistair Begg expounds on these attributes and demonstrates how they are perfectly embodied in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as great care is exercised in choosing and maintaining our most intimate friends, so we must prioritize our friendship with Jesus, who is consistent, eternal, and trustworthy.
10The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11A rich man's wealth is his strong city,
and like a high wall in his imagination.
12Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
13If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
14A man's spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A man's gift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
17The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
18The lot puts an end to quarrels
and decides between powerful contenders.
19A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.
23The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.
24A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
"My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God."
Derek Kidner, in his wonderful little commentary, says the book of Proverbs "performs the function of putting godliness into working clothes." In other words it’s not a very "churchy" kind of book. It addresses the issues of our lives. It is intensely practical, distinctly uncomfortable and immensely profitable.
In "Wise Words-– Finding Proverbs’ Hidden Treasures, " Alistair Begg looks at a number of the truths addressed by these Proverbial statements: laziness, friendship, jealousy, the use and abuse of words and language, the place of sex, the privileges of learning and the responsibilities and challenges of raising children. The text challenges us to examine whether our own behavior is marked by folly or wisdom. Are we pursuing a God-ordained, God-centered wisdom or are we plagued by the moral, spiritual folly of the proverbial fool?
This series of self-contained, topical studies will serve to remind us that the fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.
|Warning Against Adultery||Proverbs 5:1-23|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part One||Proverbs 22:6|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part Two||Proverbs 22:6|