Daily Wisdom 70: Proverbs 4:10

Proverbs 4:10 (NKJV) — 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.

Like the fifth commandment, the admonition to hear one’s father and to receive his sayings is accompanied by the promise of long life.

Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) — 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

The Law of Moses promised long life as a reward for honoring one’s parents, and Solomon wrote during the era of the Law. Even though Christians are not under the Law of Moses as a rule of life, obedience to parental authority may result in long life because to obey one’s parents may tend to spare a person from many foolish and disastrous mistakes, both natural and spiritual, that take lives and shorten life-spans.

Romans 6:14 (NKJV) — 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 7:4 (NKJV) — 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Romans 7:6 (NKJV) — 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Romans 10:4 (NKJV) — 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Galatians 3:10–13 (NKJV) — 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Galatians 5:1–4 (NKJV) — 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Hebrews 8:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Hebrews 10:9 (NKJV) — 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

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Daily Wisdom 69: Proverbs 4:9

Proverbs 4:9 (NKJV) — 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

Wisdom’s “cap and gown.” When graduates participate in commencement exercises, they wear caps and gowns that indicate their level of achievement. When wisdom is exalted, she gives an “ornament of grace” and a “crown of glory.” Wise persons grow in grace. They will be held in high esteem by those whose opinions matter.

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Daily Wisdom 68: Proverbs 4:8

Proverbs 4:8 (NKJV) — 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

The source of promotion and honor. When people put wisdom first, when they are so intimately involved with wisdom that they can be said to “embrace” her, she will reciprocate by giving promotion and honor. Ultimately, promotion is not a matter of luck or having right connections; it is the result of having the right attitude toward wisdom.

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Daily Wisdom 67: Proverbs 4:7

Provrbs 4:7 (NKJV) — 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Wisdom, seeing life from God’s point of view, is more important than anything else. The chief aim of our “getting” should not be money, prestige, or fame, but wisdom. Wisdom will bring with her all that is worthwhile.

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Daily Wisdom 66: Proverbs 4:6

Proverbs 4:6 (NKJV) — 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom will preserve and keep a person. Book learning or degrees from educational institutions can be valuable, but they are no substitute for wisdom. Even in an economic sense, employers seek workers who have wisdom and understanding. They need trustworthy, creative, understanding employees, not people who have degrees or diplomas alone.

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Daily Wisdom 65: Proverbs 4:4-5

Proverbs 4:4–5 (NKJV) — 4 He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Evidently David taught Solomon personally. He made certain he fulfilled his responsibility to instruct his son in wisdom. The curriculum David used to instruct his son was simple: wisdom and understanding. He did not explore humanistic theories or situation ethics. He taught him the truth, as resident in God Himself. Without wisdom and understanding, “education” is dangerous.

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Daily Wisdom 64: Proverbs 4:3

Proverbs 4:3 (NKJV) — 3 When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,

The son born of the adulterous relationship between David and Bathsheba died; Solomon was the next son born to them. The attitude with which Solomon mentions his father and mother indirectly illustrates that God does not hold a child responsible for his parents’ sins and that both David and Bathsheba had been forgiven by God and were fully restored to an honorable position.

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Daily Wisdom 63: Proverbs 4:1-2

Proverbs 4:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

The biblical ideal sees the father as being engaged in his children’s education. Throughout both testaments, education was home-centered. While ancient Israel did develop elementary schools for boys, these schools were conducted often in the synagogues and depended upon the fathers to supply their student body and their financial support. The teachers actually served the homes; the school was an extension of the values and beliefs taught in the homes. Decline of educational quality begins when the influence of the home and church is minimized.

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