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Proverbs Chapter 1 Bible Study
by Greg Sayre
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Proverbs Chapter 1 Bible Study

Proverbs 1:1 The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

King Solomon is the son of King David. David is famous for killing the giant Goliath. King David was also greatly loved by God. King David was from the tribe of Judah (Jerusalem) and Yeshua (Jesus) Christ was born from King David's bloodline.

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

The purpose of the Book of Proverbs is to teach God's people wisdom, instruction and understanding (so that they know it).

The Bible's "wisdom" is often personified in feminine gender (Proverbs 7:4; Proverbs 8:1-36).

This is why Jesus uses the word "know" when He discusses Heavenly Marriage (Matthew 25:1-12; Matthew 7:11-29).

Proverbs 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

One who judges without wisdom isnot approved by God.

Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

The Bible identifies the serpent as subtil. The Bible's "Harlot" is also subtil. Jesus told His disciplies to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves. Thus there is a wise subtilty which God disapproves (Genesis 3:1; Proverbs 7:10; 2 Samuel 13:3; Matthew 10:16).

Christians must cultivate the trait of discretion. Discretion can be foresight which helps a person avoid momentary (emotional) sins (Psalm 112:5; Proverbs 2:11; Proverbs 3:21; Proverbs 5:2; Proverbs 11:22; Proverbs 19:11; Isaiah 28:26; Jeremiah 10:12).

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 1:5 encourages God's servants to heed and grow in wisdom.

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a Proverbs, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Wisdom can often come in dark sayings. God's wisdom will reveal a matter (Exodus 20:21; Luke 23:43-46; Psalm 78:2; Daniel 2:47; Jeremiah 33:6; Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; Galatians 1:16; Philippians 3:15).

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Fools will not enter heaven (Matthew 25:1-12).

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Proverbs 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

God's Grace is the direct result of a person conforming to the instruction and law (commandments) of God (John 15:10-15).

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

We Christians must avoid following the crowd. We must resist temptations (pressures) to disobey God.

Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

The Bible says that the Blind leads the Blind into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).

Proverbs 1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

Christians should flee from those who disobey God.

Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

God hates the shedding of innocent blood.

Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. Proverbs 1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

The Bible warns readers that God will protect the intended victims and victimize the perpretrators!

Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

In today's world making large amounts of money is desired and encouraged. Yet the Bible warns against such greed (especially if murder or loss of life is involved).

Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

In Proverbs 1:20-21 Wisdom is feminine.

Also remember that the Book of Proverbs is about this Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-2).

We've learned that wisdom can also be of the serpent and harlot (Genesis 3:1; Proverbs 7:10; 2 Samuel 13:3; Matthew 10:16).

This sinful "wisdom" is "without" God's Holy City. She isnot allowed to enter God's Holy City. The Bible "Harlot (Whore, Fornicator, Adulterer)" often describes God's servants who mix with other deities or doctrines (Revelation 22:15; Revelation 17:1-17; Deuteronomy 32:4; Luke 13:25; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 1 Corinthians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:11).

The Bible also associates followers of the Law with "without" (1 Corinthians 9:21).

Proverbs 1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

This "Wisdom" is at the openings of the gates. She cries out in the chief (leading) place.

Acts 19:40 defines the word "concourse" as an unruly gathering that disobeys God. In such cases God's servants are being persecuted or disrespected.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

The Bible associates the "simple" and "foolish" with those who disobey God's Way (Proverbs 1:4, 7; John 14:6-8).

In Proverbs 1:21-22 Wisdom challenges those who oppose God's Ways. They do not want to be known by God by obeying Him (Matthew 25:1-12).

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Praise God. All we have to do is ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirt. It will then be possible for us to repent (turn) and be approved by God (Acts 2:1-30).

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; Proverbs 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

May we never refuse to listen to God's Word, Callings and Reproofs.

Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

We live in an age where retribution isnot talked about or feared. Yet God makes perfectly clear that He will allow calamity to befall the disobedient (Psalm 2:12).

Proverbs 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

To learn more about God invading in His Whirlwind read: Job 38:1-7 and John 3:1-16.

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: Proverbs 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

These disobedient "fools" will not ascend during the earlier (first) resurrection (rapture). They will have to be disciplined by God's Great Tribulation. They will be "Left Behind" (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Matthew 25:1-12; Revelation 20:6).

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Let's study what Bible Words God associates with the word "device(s)":

Crafts: Job 5:12

Enterprise: Job 5:12

Imagined: Job 21:27; Psalm 10:2; Revelation 13:1-18; Jeremiah 18:12

Condemnation (Nought): Proverbs 12:2; Psalm 33:10

Instruments: Isaiah 32:7

Churl: Isaiah 32:7, Bountiful (Rich Against God), Evil Isaiah 32:2

Evil Isaiah 32:7; Jeremiah 18:12

Cutting Off Of Lamb, Tree, Fruit, Land: Jeremiah 11:19; Luke 21:20-36; Matthew 21:19-21

Persecution Of God's Saints (Jeremiah): Isaiah 18:18; Daniel 7:5, 25; Revelation 13:1-12

Father: Daniel 11:24

Power: Daniel 11:25

Time: Daniel 11:24; Luke 21:20-36

Great Army: Daniel 11:25; Hebrews 11:34

Battle: Daniel 11:25; Revelation 16:16

Forecast: Daniel 11:24-25; Cast- Serpent (Revelation 12:1-12; Exodus 7:9- Rod- Revelation 12:1-6)

Satan: 2 Corinthians 2:11

Eat- The Great Tribulation "Lord's Supper" Where God's Fire Will Consume (Eat) Away Fleshly Sin (Revelation 19:1-21; Revelation 17:10-17; 1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Many "Christian" ministries preach prosperity. Those ministries never cite this verse. However this "prosperity" is not mere wealth. This "prosperity" is from sinners who say "God doesnot see our sins" (Psalm 94:7; 1 John 1:10).

Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

When Heaven's Doors (Gates) Open (Proverbs 1:21; Acts 12:1-20)

And The Great Tribulation Begins (Matthew 25:1-12).

God's Raptured Servants Will Dwell Safely In Heaven. They Will Be Quiet From Evil (1 Thessalonians 4:17-19; Matthew 25:1-12; Matthew 25:30-40).

Those "Left Behind" Will Suffer God's "Evil" Great Tribulation Judment (Isaiah 45:6-7; Matthew 24:15-22; Daniel 12:1-13; Luke 21:20-36).

May we all turn from our sins (Repent) and seek the God of the Holy Bible.

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