Book of Proverbs – Chapter 9

Verse 1 – Seven is the number of completeness and perfection. Wisdom lacks nothing. Wisdom appeals first to the mind; folly to the senses. But the pleasures of folly are temporary; the satisfaction that wisdom brings, last forever.

Verse 2-5 – Jesus describes in Luke 14:15-24, people who intend to go to a banquet but never make it because they are sidetracked by other things that seem more important at the time.

Verses 7-10 – Do you mock or get angry when someone corrects you? How you respond shows whether you are wise or not. Wisdom begins with knowing God. To know God is more than just knowing the facts about Him. It’s standing in awe and having a relationship with Him (see James 1:5, 2Peter 1:2-4 for more on how to become wise). In verse 10, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This doesn’t mean that you’re afraid to approach Him.

Verses 14-17 – One sin leads us to want more; sinful behavior seems more exciting than the Christian life. Don’t be deceived; sin is dangerous and will take you a lot further than you want to go. Before taking of the forbidden fruit, look at what happens to those who eat it.

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