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Can we find wise candidates for president today?  Can we find wisdom anywhere in our government now?  Government contract violations, Veteran’s hospitals, IRS targeting, corporate crime, failed bank oversight all point to corruption.  But who votes for the leaders who bring corruption?  The word of God has vastly less influence than in times past.  The American voter is carnal and misguided.  As Israel was judged, this nation too will see punishment.  Can the church be a solid example pointing to hope?  God has a companion who appeals to our lost world.

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?  She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.  She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.  Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.  O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.  Proverbs 8:1-5

Is there no history of wisdom in the world?  Have the people and leaders not pointed towards safe passage?  Isn’t wisdom placed above every pleasure and comfort?  Wisdom makes every effort to steer us away from destruction at every step.  Wisdom calls the foolish to turn to a better way and learn from her.

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.  For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.  All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.  They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.  Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.  Proverbs 8:6-10

If wisdom has a person she is not given to entrapment or deception.  Evil is a stranger to her and every word is truthful and helpful.  Her words are clearly understood and acceptable to those who find truth and knowledge.  The words of wisdom are more valuable than money; silver or gold.  They must be worth far more than the paper script of our modern world then!

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.  Proverbs 8:11-15

In fact wisdom is more precious than gem stones or any other desired object.  She is conservative, cautious, but able to discern clever deceptions.  To Fear God you must hate every way of evil and arrogant pride.  Wisdom is the power of just rulers and judges.

By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.  My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.  I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:.Proverbs 8:16-20

She is the power and partner of governors and judges, she loves those who receive her and she recognizes those who are receptive early.  She is the source of prosperity that is lasting when the owner is righteous.  Her benefits are greater than that earthly prosperity, gold or silver.  Wisdom is the leader to truth in the center of the safe path of good judgment.

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.  The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.  When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.  Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:.Proverbs 8:21-25

She leads men on the safe path so they can prosper…honestly.  Our messiah Jesus possessed this wisdom from the beginning, before the earth was formed.  Wisdom preceded the creation.

While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.  When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:  When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:  When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:  Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;  Proverbs 8:26-30

John tells us that Jesus was in the beginning and formed the earth.  As this system and planet were formed wisdom was there.  Wisdom tells us that she was the delight an joy of our savior, a regular companion.

Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.  Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.  Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.  For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.  But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.  Proverbs 8:31-36

She was rejoicing with the creator and finding pleasure in his created beings.  Now listen to her instruction to have his blessing on your life.  The blessing belongs only to those who listen, watch, and wait to find wisdom.  These find the only way to life and the approval of God.  Those who reject wisdom are self destructive and moving surely to death.

Can we see a world rejecting in wisdom around us?  The gospel of Jesus is given as the only way to life, and it is widely mocked today.  Young people follow bad examples in music, movies, television, and the internet instead.  Marriage is considered optional while abortion is considered a necessity.  Relationships are marred by abuse, violence, divorce, separation, custody battles, sexual diseases, poverty, and single parenting.  Children are molested, offended, and left to worldly abuses.  Wisdom is the partner of Jesus, our only salvation.  Wisdom is not optional unless we prefer to accept death.

Our leaders are purchased and owned by powerful corporations, and commonly place profits ahead of righteousness.  These are not the wise rulers because they are chosen by unwise voters.  The church can only live a good example and bring neighbors to the gates of wisdom.


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For a while you can defy gravity.  A recent rash of foolish selfie deaths suggests that our youth do not understand the gravity of the situation.  But there have been many generations of bad examples that opened our minds to temptation.  What is so commonly promoted on television and popular behavior is not always a good thing.  Solomon attempted to give us a warning.

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:  That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.  Proverbs 7:1-5

Solomon was a father who offered wisdom.  His brother Absalom lived and died in rebellion.  Having witnessed the destruction of rebellion Solomon seeks to share wisdom with his son and with the world.  The law, the commandments, and wisdom are to keep us from the harlot, from sin, and from death.

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,  And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,  Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.  Proverbs 7:6-10

Solomon was able to discern foolishness in a young stranger.  God can give such revelation to us, but this young man left no doubt.  This young man passed into the dark realm of an obvious whore.  The oldest profession can be very professional about her business, and subtlety is in her nature, among other things.

(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,  I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.  Proverbs 7:11-15

No car salesman could do better at tracking down a mark; she is outside watching for her prey.  She boldly kisses the young man and makes an outrageous suggestion.  She announces that she has just honored God with a sacrifice and worship, and wants to celebrate her holiness with sex.  So she claims she was looking for this gullible oaf as an act of purity.  (Oh I am sure her kind is still found in many “modern” churches!)

I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.  Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.  For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:  He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.  Proverbs 7:16-20

Oh she has decorated the chamber of sin with the treasures of vanity and invites the young lummox into a bed of sin.  Of course it will be safe because her husband is away on a long business trip.  Oh great, she’s not a whore after all, only an adultress!  Now she has wounded two victims at once, and three counting the Lord.

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.  He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;  Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.  Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.  Proverbs 7: 21-24

Now I think I shall praise and thank God for not being attractive, strong, and sexy.  I have known few such temptations which I too could fall into.  Even I had a few problems along the way.  She looks good, she talks good, she smells good, and she feels good.  He feels good going easily in to her, much as livestock goes gently to die.  As a deer he is slammed by the arrow of death, never sensing the danger of the huntress.  Solomon urges us to listen to the warnings.  Do you think there is no death in this sin?  Consider the statistics of our generation:



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NOW do we fear God?

Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.  For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.  Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.  Proverbs 7: 25-27

The way of self and pleasure is popular, and the harlot has a pile of bodies at the foot of her bed.  This is just as much as dead as those who fall from a cliff or play with sharks.  But there is a far worse death awaiting those who defy our God.  He has reached out to catch us as we fall, giving his son Jesus to die for us.  When we reject this gift we are without excuse when facing the judgment of God.  Our nation and our world has adopted a pattern of rejecting our one hope.  Our people have embraced the way of the harlot, and elevated her to be the Queen of our Babylon.

Solomon went on to fail to follow his own wisdom, as did his sons.  The Law of God was created to prove that the elect people of God could not be saved by their own goodness.  The sons of faithful Abraham all failed to measure up until Yeshua met them in hell to offer salvation.  We have that offer now, and we have heard the story of salvation in Jesus.  Still this once great nation is seeing more threats and stress than any age before.  Many people attend Christian churches and still act out their rejection of our God.  If Solomon could fall, and Israel was punished because of his sins, can our people pass without cost?

If our church leaders ordain homosexuals, can we expect youth to follow the bible?  If our churches lead us on demonstrations that hurl rejection against sinners are we not guilty of a major sin by railing?  Where is the example that lives a holy life while forgiving the repentant sinner?  How are we attracting the world to a changed life if our lives are not changed?   THE CHURCH is responsible to catch souls who are falling to a death of unending pain and suffering.  Are we the evil nurse that poisons the patients?  The false Christian IS the Harlot of Babylon, seducing the stupid into a “religious” eternal death.

How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.  They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.  Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?  Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord’s.  For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.  Jerimiah 5:7-11


Those were the days my friend

We thought they’d never end

We’d sing and dance forever and a day

We’d live the life we choose

We’d fight and never lose

For we were young and sure to have our way.

La la la la…

Those were the days, oh yes those were the days


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How many attractive invitations lead to poverty, injury, disease, and death? The answer is every one that goes against the word of God, this well charted safe course. Just helping a foolish friend, being lazy, rebellious, or lusty can kill you. Read the map that steers you clear of the rocky shoals that destroy lives.


My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Proverbs 6:1-5


So a loan agent wants you to vouch for your friend? If you cosign his loan you are promising your money to the lender if your friend is a fool. When you wake up you realize that you are in a trap that can cost you dearly. So go save yourself by making sure that your friend is a friend indeed. Make yourself a friend for sure if you have made yourself a friend for surety. You have to be a counselor and encourager to keep your friend on his mission to pay his debt. This writer has been a cosigner when a friendship was cooling off, but this was a good friend who met the obligation. For some people this situation could be a time of fear indeed!


Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: Proverbs 6:6-10


The instinct of the ants gives them a complete economy with agriculture and construction. So what kind of a brain lets the lazy man neglect his own life? If you oversleep your work call you must have smaller brains than the insects! Oh but just push the “snooze” button and roll under those nice warm blankets a little longer. Your boss will understand…not!


So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.: Proverbs 6:11-15


To the sleepy morning there will come poverty like a cloud that moves over your life. It travels over you and it destroys your wealth like a tornado, or a thief with a loaded gun. Oh you can make excuses to your boss, and you can lie to your loved ones while you are sinking into poverty. This person can allow sin to ruin his life and the lives of those around him too. Because the weight of damage mounts quickly his fall will not be gradual. The speed of his fall will not let him grab a branch on his way to destruction.


These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:: Proverbs 6:16-20


God loves his people, but not all of their deeds. The deeds can change the relationship. God Hates. These things lead to death:


God is our father, and wisdom a mother. The commandments and law of God and wisdom must be our single focus and aim in life. Do not leave the path of life.

Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Proverbs 6:21-25

No, you don’t need to carry a box of scriptures tied around your neck. But tie your life around the wisdom of the word of God. Bring the wisdom of the bible into your core beliefs and live by them every day. The commandments and laws are part of this bible, which is known as the word of God. This light reveals the danger in the night. It reveals the black widow spider and the diseased crack whores that entice us. The cover of that book conceals the knowledge of sin and death. John also called Jesus the word of God. Let the son of God live in you through this guide.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4

Even as a whore leads us to death a false God is a temptation painted to appear beautiful. These lead us away from that saving light and provoke the jealousy and wrath of God. The worst perversions of life are let into our lives first by abandoning God. Then no form of lust seems to be off limits.

For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; Proverbs 6:26-30

Whores will lead you to poverty, but an adulterous woman may cost you your life. If you play with fire you will get burned. Is God unfeeling to warn you that the stove is hot? You will not escape wrath if you steal your neighbor’s wife or husband. Any other kind of thief may find mercy if he steals only to eat. But this crime should expect wrath.

But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. Proverbs 6:31-35

He that stole to eat may repay sevenfold. But this one who steals for lust is ignorant of how it destroys his soul and his life. Not only is he found in a repulsive crime, but he is burned down to his soul. The thief can repay his crime, but the cheating lover will find no mercy. There is no bribe or balm that can repair an offense against both man and God.


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The Proverbs offer us wisdom, and they have been available for a long time.  So why are we so flooded with media images of fornication without consequences?  Why do those who claim to be wise get caught in such horribly foolish traps?  God acts as your father by giving you wise counsel.  Hear him.

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.  Proverbs 5:1-5

When our Father in heaven gives advice, we should listen.  A young man is warned about the invitation of a strange woman.  Sweet attractive words are inviting indeed, but an unfamiliar woman may hide the poison of death.  This one would share the fruit of Eden, the knowledge of evil and the blood of death.

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;  Proverbs 5:6-10

To prevent you from considering wisdom this woman is elusive, changing position to keep her motives hidden.  She is a shifty witch.  So clean your ears and hear the warning of your protective father.  Chart a course far from the shoals of this siren and avoid her home and harbor.  Otherwise you will give up the respect of others and then endure years of grief.  What wealth was yours will become the property deeded to a stranger.

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,  And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;  And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!  I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:11-15

The man who is ensnared by the adulteress may be consumed by disease and divorce while wondering what he did wrong.  Aren’t we all taught this way by the harlot writers of Hollywood too?  Surely what “everyone” I doing won’t cause all this misery?  And yet the one who is so deceived is exposed before the entire congregation and the community.  The well of your neighbor is tainted with the poison of sin and death.

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?  Proverbs 5:16-20

Your rivers of conception would better flow onto the ground than to be mixed with the flood of sin in the world.  Preserve only the image of your own wife, and find your passion in the familiarity of your own partner.  Do not let your eyes lead you to an unfamiliar trap.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.  Proverbs 5:21-23

If we believe in God we must know that he knows all about us.  Does God watch without caring what we do?  Will there never be a price to pay?  We know that the fire burns even if God was not watching us, and he knows when we will feel the burn.  This is the fire that burns the house down, and the foolish man with it.

Do we see men taking risks today?  Fiction and news both portray the glamour of sin, but reality still leads to the pain of it.  How many elected officials have gone down this way?  And how many Christians voted believing that the candidate was one of us?


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The words of Solomon suggest that there was evil in his world, waiting for the unwary.  But we may be seeing the most evil days of all if we are in the days seen by Daniel and John’s Revelation.  We need a compass to pass through the dangerous waters of temptation today.  Even the faithful may want to give a carnal response to the provocations of this world.  Wisdom is the voice of a mother who would guide us away from the dark alleys of the heart.

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.  For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Proverbs 4:1-5

Now God the father is available in our prayers and here he avails us to direct teaching.  The bible is the word, and Jesus too is called the word.  So here we see Jesus relaying his father’s message.  “I was my father’s son” he says, and his father admonishes us to keep his commandments.  I remember what came when I forgot my father’s words!  He also speaks of his mother here, and how she loved him.  She is wisdom.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  Proverbs 4:6-10

Jesus taught wisdom to all of us, in his day, and in our time too.  The promise to Jesus was a crown and a long life.  But the crown of God is not like the world, and days are limited in this life.  Some think that Jesus is dead, but eternity is the endless time that he is inviting us to enter.  This is the real wisdom, to live for the greater life on the other side.  Do this life as the entrance exam, because your Father measures your heart.

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  Proverbs 4:11-15

God teaches truth and you cannot fail on his path.  In these wisdoms failure can be repaired in repentance and even death is not a failure.  Wisdom is the mother who calls you away from the temptation of those who have no conscience left.  The door of larceny, deception, cheating, and murder is a dark door to be avoided.  The creatures that live in there devour themselves.

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Proverbs 4:16-20

These are people who have joy in giving pain, and they are driven to dig pits that kill the innocent.  Their celebration of blood is as likely to consume their friends as their enemies.  Righteousness lights that darkness where even the violent men forget where they left traps.  Lies are circular, they return against those who launch them.  The word of God is life for everyone who is drawn to it.

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:21-27

The sayings of wisdom should dominate our mind and heart.  When we are in crisis remembering wisdom can calm our plans and guide us to peace.  The human heart is flawed and needs wisdom to remove it from sin.  Our words may testify against us before the judge if we do not harness them well.  We must ignore the delights we see and keep our feet moving straight ahead away from the temptation of evil.


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Solomon has been given wisdom and finds it to be a fountain of wealth.  God gave him prosperity along with wisdom because he saw humility in this young king.  What is this wisdom that the young king is getting to know?

Proverbs 3

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Proverbs 3:1-5

The wisdom of Solomon fits his place in God’s plan.  We are admonished to remember the Law but to let our heart keep his commandments.  Now we know that the Law kills by revealing the sin in our hearts.  Yet even then they could remember the law and desire them in their heart.  The will to do right itself can extend our days and health.  In time Jesus would open the way to salvation by faith, not by works.  He would save whosoever will, those who have the will to do right by accepting Yeshua, their messiah.  Mercy and truth were to be close to our heart, in our desire, not tied to our bodies in little boxes.  This is the path to life, not in the outward signs and rituals of religion.  Every cult is a deviation into our own carnal efforts to be religious.  God wants us to know that we are failures as we remember the Law that condemns us.  God welcomes the willing, the merciful, the humble, not the self righteous.  God wants us to turn to him for forgiveness, to trust him more than our imagined duties and dogmatic rituals.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  Proverbs 3:6-10

When David repeated a message to praise God it was to make the world around us aware of our hope.  Everything we do should reflect the hope we have in God.  Our work ethic, our recreation, our words all belong to our fear of God.  The natural or carnal wisdom suggests the value of cheating.  A young singer chooses to become a musical harlot to tap the wealth of an immoral world of young rebellion.  A rich man runs for president claiming to be a Christian while speaking like a hateful fool.  His Presbyterian church embraces homosexuality while the candidate hides his “faith” as being “personal”.  King David advised such leaders to praise the Lord, not to hide the Lord.  This is faith; to honor the Lord with your tithe and your life.  The fruit of faith is prosperity.

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  Proverbs 3:11-15

Don’t feel bad if you discern that God himself is punishing you.  First you should know that your hearing is not dull if you recognize God’s voice.  His sheep know their master’s voice; and they know if it is meaning reward or reproof.  Then know that your father in heaven is as loving as any good father; he means to teach you to be right.  As we grow the punishment diminishes from spankings to just the words of correction that we will be wise enough to respond to.  When you find this wisdom you can recognize that love will guide you to prosperity.  The temptation to backslide into the carnal world has no wealth that can compare to the value of a clear conscience.  That will carry you to treasures in heaven beyond imagination.  Remember; this life is only an entrance exam for the true life, the great life, the eternal life.  God has a plan for you there if you follow his plan here.

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.  The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.  By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.  Proverbs 3:16-20

There is promise for a long life, honor, and wealth in this world, with the help of wisdom.  It may seem slow in coming but this path will be the most rewarding.  We are in the world, but not of it.  If there is a father in heaven, there is a mother on earth in wisdom.  There was a tree of life in Eden, and it is the same now in the wisdom she offers you here.  Take of the fruit of wisdom instead of that of the tree of carnal knowledge.  This wisdom is the foundation of the universe.  We can understand science and nature fully only when we understand the wisdom that begins with the fear of God.  God and wisdom are your father and mother in everything.

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:  So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.  Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  Proverbs 3:21-25

God admonished Solomon to keep the Law and the Commandments close to his heart.  These are the Word of God, and now we know that the Word is the Son of God in the flesh, a life given to demonstrate wisdom to us.  No mortal could do that until Yeshua Ha Meschia who gave grace to the Old Testament after his crucifixion.  If Solomon would keep the desire for wisdom in his heart he would be drawn to repent as his father had.  When I was living in sin I learned that the Psalms of David could show me peace and let me sleep without being drunk.  So the patriarchs too had sin but knew peace if they kept the commandments in their heart.  David was an adulterer and a murderer and was still a man after God’s own heart.  They found shelter from fear in the promises of God in this life.  He is our hope.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  John 1:1-5

John knew the name of the Lord, he had walked with him and talked with him, even as the song “In the Garden”.  John knew that Yeshua and Yahweh, Jesus and God, were one and the same.  If Jesus was the designer and builder of the universe, then his life, the Bible, is also that creator.  The word and the commandments are born of wisdom, and she began as the fear of God the father.  Family values go full circle in the meaning of life.

For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.  Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.  Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.  Proverbs 3:26-30

We have one great anchor in our God.  We can operate with confidence in the wisdom that points to mercy and charity.  If you are able to give to others we should do it without waiting for the government to demand a tax for it.  If the church is working we should never hear about a need for welfare.  We shouldn’t seek revenge against our sinner neighbors because we are all sinners.  Otherwise our churches would be empty.  We should never harm a neighbor because he has a different religion or ethnicity because they are doing no harm to us.  Those harm themselves because they are deprived of the wisdom we claim to possess.  If we share the love of Jesus they may want to find this wisdom for themselves.  There are Christians winning many Muslims to Jesus in ISIS territories today by this wisdom.  The Lord is our confidence to do good.

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.  For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.  The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. Proverbs 3:31-35

The popular masses love the cheaters and loud bigots who get quick wealth and power.  We shall not envy those who pervert wisdom for personal gain and fame.


Turning back to one’s own ways; difficult to deal with: stubbornly disobedient or contrary; going in one’s own willful ways.

Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

Distortion, crookedness, to go wrong; go crooked, backsliding, twisted, distorted, crooked, perverse, perverted, perversity, or perverse thing.

Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary

These are an abomination to God, an offense, while he secretly supports the honest and obedient.  There is a master controlling this life, a secret force of judgment in the universe.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, because his promise is eternal.  Do not fear the death of the saints, because they have been promoted into the eternal life, the greater life, the great reward.  Solomon had the promises of God without the revelation of the eternal life or the immediate grace of Yeshua.  But his generation would live by wisdom by faith even as we do in this life today.  We will see rewards for faith even as Yeshua revealed grace to his generation.  We have witnessed thousands of years of testimony that remains unshaken today.  God gives grace to the faithful, but reserves shame for the fools of the world.


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God gave Solomon wisdom, and Solomon shared it with his people, including us today.  We need to remember that the Law was given to prove that we are not able to obey in total, and it condemns us to death.  Wisdom is given here with the knowledge that man would hear wisdom, and still have the free will to disobey.  Solomon had already taken wives with strange religions and his choices are actually leading Israel away from the wisdom he points us to.

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.  Proverbs 2:1-5

We need to study the words of this book and keep them fresh in our memory to know wisdom.  We need to cry out for wisdom, actually praying for this gift.  This request will be honored as the power and fear of God is unveiled to motivate your wisdom.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;  Proverbs 2:6-10

God gives wisdom, and he speaks to us from our prayers and in the word that we have before us here.  He is the armor and safe passage of the willing student.  You will recognize the safe path when this wisdom enters you through the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:  To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;   Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;  Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:  Proverbs 2:11-15

There is safety in wisdom that protects us from the traps that await the rebellious and violent people.  Those have chosen the way of death for a season of lust who have no faith in the life to come.  These people around us celebrate their sins and have fellowship with the darkness of death.

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;  Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.  Proverbs 2:16-20

That discretion of wisdom can save you from the beautiful temptress who uses your vanity to lead you to destruction.  These are the women (and men) who rebel against the wisdom of their parents and their God.  How many diseases, divorces, and deaths are multiplied in our modern world in the pattern of these ancient warnings!  The way of rebellious temptation is a downward spiral and today the world is circling the drain.  This wisdom will take you by the well marked path of life.

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it..  Proverbs 2:21-22

These men who stay on the path of wisdom are promised a home in their land which they may possess and stay in.  But the warning remains for the removal of evil men from their homelands.  It had already been done to the Canaanites before Israel, and this would also happen to the evil of Israel as we will see.

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