Proverbs 9:13 (NKJV) — 13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
A difference between folly and wisdom. Wisdom is calm, dignified. Folly is clamorous, which means “turbulent, animated by passion.” The woman who follows the lead of wisdom, who studies to be quiet, will be admired and respected. The woman who follows folly and is loud-mouthed and boisterous will be disdained. In this case, the word “simple” indicates she is unable to resist temptation; she has no moral fiber. Moreover, she “knows nothing”: folly is naturally accompanied by ignorance.
Proverbs 9:12 (NKJV) — 12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
Personal responsibility. Wisdom is good for us; it is not just a vague intellectual pursuit. Scoffers are alone responsible for their sins. No one else can force someone to be a scoffer.
Proverbs 9:11 (NKJV) — 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
The secret of a longer life. Following wisdom tends to increase the life span because it keeps us from doing foolish things that shorten life. Wisdom prompts us to do wise things that lengthen life.
Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV) — 10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Definitions of wisdom and knowledge. The starting point for wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Understanding is connected to the knowledge of the Holy One. The ways of God should not be a complete mystery to us. We should know not only His works or acts, but His ways, or the principles that guide His actions. Then we can begin to understand what God will do in a given situation.
Proverbs 9:9 (NKJV) — 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Growing in wisdom. Wise and just persons do not resist learning new lessons in life. They look upon every situation, whether pleasant or unpleasant, as an opportunity to learn yet more wisdom, to put God’s principles to work.
I deeply appreciate the response to the release of my latest book, The Holy Spirit: A Commentary. Amazon maintains a list of best sellers in the various categories of books, including Kindle downloads. The list is updated hourly.
As of this moment, The Holy Spirit: A Commentary is Number 17 in Christian commentaries in the Kindle Store.
As I mentioned in one of yesterday’s posts, here is a direct link to the book on Amazon. Using this link does not require you to buy the book, but it does give you an opportunity to read a portion of the book without charge.
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Today’s email from the Pentecostal Publishing House offers further information about my newest book, The Holy Spirit: A Commentary. It also features a video of my interview with Kaleb Saucer, Director of Sales and Marketing for the UPCI Division of Publications.
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The interview will also be offered as a seminar during this week’s general conference of the UPCI. It can be viewed on Friday during the 9:00 – 11:50 a.m. time slot. The seminar is titled “The Holy Spirit Interview with Kaleb Saucer and Daniel Segraves.”
Proverbs 9:7 (NKJV) — 7 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
When there is no point in reproof or rebuke. It does no good to correct a scoffer or to rebuke a deliberately wicked person. Prudence, caution, and tact are needed in dealing with this kind of person. Such a scoffer or wicked person, when corrected or rebuked, will often resort to finding supposed inconsistencies and sins in the person who is correcting and rebuking him. Jesus addressed this situation in Matthew 7:6.
Matthew 7:6 (NKJV) — 6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.