Wisdom's praises are sung in the streets and celebrated far and wide.
Yet wisdom's song is not always heard in the halls of higher learning.
But in the hustle and bustle of everyday life
its lyrics can always be heard above the din of the crowd.
You will hear wisdom's warning as she preaches courageously
to those who stop to listen.
Wisdom is a gift from a generous God,
and every word he speaks is full of revelation
and becomes a fountain of understanding within you.
My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life:
to walk in wisdom and to discover your purpose.
Don't ever forget how they empower you.
Wisdom will exalt you when you exalt her truth.
She will lead you to honor and favor
when you live your life by her insights.
You will be adorned with beauty and grace,
and wisdom's glory will wrap itself around you,
making you victorious in the race.
Listen to me, my son,
for I know what I'm talking about.
Listen carefully to my advice
so that wisdom and discernment will enter your heart,
and then the words you speak will express what you've learned.
And then finally you'll admit that you were wrong and say,
"If only I had listened to wisdom's voice
and not stubbornly demanded my own way,
because my heart hated to be told what to do!"
For truth is a bright beam of light shining into every area of your life,
instructing and correcting you to discover the ways to godly living.
Treasure my instructions, and cherish them within your heart,
Say to wisdom, "I love you,"
and to understanding, "You're my sweetheart."
"May the two of you protect me, and may we never be apart!"
"Wisdom pours into you when you begin to hate every form of evil in your life,
for that's what worship and fearing God is all about.
Then you will discover that your pompous pride and perverse speech are the ways of wickedness that I hate!"
The starting point for acquiring wisdom
is to be consumed with awe as you worship Yahweh.
To receive the revelation of the Holy One,
you must come to the one who has living-understanding.
Living in the worship and awe of God will bring you many years of contented living.
So how could the wicked ever expect to have a long, happy life?
Lovers of God have a joyful feast of gladness,
but the ungodly see their hopes vanish before their eyes.
Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them,
and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.
A life lived loving God bears lasting fruit, for the one who is truly wise wins souls.
Saturated! Wow! to be "saturated" with favor! Webster's dictionary defines saturated as "to supply to fullness." To those of you who give of yourselves to others simply to bless them because you know and love God, He will saturate you, supply you to fullness, with favor!
Our God is so good and worthy to be praised!
The wicked will get trapped by their words of gossip, slander, and lies.
But for the righteous, honesty is its own defense.
Truthfulness marks the righteous,
but the habitual liar can never be trusted.
Live in the truth and keep your promises, and the Lord will keep delighting in you, but he detests a liar.
The virtues of God's lovers shine brightly in the darkness,
but the flickering lamp of the ungodly will be extinguished.
When the lovers of God teach you truth, a fountain of life opens up within you,
and their wise instructions will deliver you from the ways of death.
Don't expect anyone else to fully understand
both the bitterness and joys of all you experience in your life.
Don't expect anyone else to fully understand both the bitterness and joys of all you experience in your life...but Jesus-the one who died for your sins so that you could have an abundant and eternal life! He is our Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) and our Friend (Matthew 11:19).
Share your life experiences first with the one who first loved you (I John 4:19). Jesus will understand!
Accepting constructive criticism opens your heart to the path of life,
making you right at home among the wise.
Refusing constructive criticism shows
you have no interest in improving your life,
for revelation-insight only comes as you accept correction
and the wisdom that it brings.
The source of revelation-knowledge is found
as you fall down in surrender before the Lord.
Don't expect to see Shekinah glory until the Lord sees your sincere humility.
Go ahead and make all the plans you want,
but it’s the Lord who will ultimately direct your steps.
Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself.
Then every plan you make will succeed.
The Lord works everything together to accomplish his purpose.
Even the wicked are included in his plans— he sets them aside for the day of disaster.
Within your heart you can make plans for your future,
but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.
Can you bridle your tongue when your heart is under pressure?
That's how you show that you are wise. An understanding heart keeps you cool, calm, and collected,
no matter what you're facing.
Words of wisdom are like fresh,
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.
The spiritually hungry are always ready to learn more,
for their hearts are eager to discover new truths.
Sharing words of wisdom is satisfying to your inner being.
It encourages you to know that you've changed someone else's life.
Do yourself a favor and love wisdom.
Learn all you can,
then watch your life flourish and prosper!
Listen well to wise counsel
and be willing to learn from correction
so that by the end of your life
you’ll be known for your wisdom.
The lovers of God will walk in integrity,
and their children are fortunate to have godly parents as their examples.
All children show what they’re really like by how they act.
You can discern their character,
whether they are pure or perverse.
If you despise your father or mother, your life will flicker out like a lamp,
extinguished into the deepest darkness.
Taking the easy way out is the habit of a lazy man,
and it will be his downfall.
All day long he thinks about all the things that he craves,
for he hasn’t learned the secret that the generous man has learned:
extravagant giving never leads to poverty.
Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord
will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.
You’ll become winsome and wise
when you treasure the beauty of my words.
And always be prepared to share them at the appropriate time.
For I’m releasing these words to you this day, yes, even to you, so that your living hope will be found in God alone,
for he is the only one who is always true.
My beloved child, when your heart is full of wisdom,
my heart is full of gladness.
And when you speak anointed words,
we are speaking mouth to mouth!
Go and rescue the perishing! Be their savior!
Why would you stand back and watch them stagger to their death?
And why would you say, “But it’s none of my business”?
The one who knows you completely and judges your every motive
is also the keeper of souls—and not just yours!
He sees through your excuses and holds you responsible
for failing to help those whose lives are threatened.
Don’t reveal another person’s secret
just to prove a point in an argument,
or you could be accused of being a gossip
and gain a reputation for being one
who betrays the confidence of a friend.
As the north wind brings a storm,
saying things you shouldn’t brings a storm to any relationship.
If you live without restraint
and are unable to control your temper,
you’re as helpless as a city with broken-down defenses,
open to attack.
Don’t respond to the words of a fool with more foolish words,
or you will become as foolish as he is!
It takes fuel to have a fire—
a fire dies down when you run out of fuel.
So quarrels disappear when the gossip ends.
Add fuel to the fire and the blaze goes on.
So add an argumentative man to the mix,
and you’ll keep strife alive.
Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy,
for good friends are like the anointing oil
that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence.
Overjoyed is the one who with tender heart trembles before God,
but the stubborn, unyielding heart will experience even greater evil.
Life’s blessings drench the honest and faithful person,
but punishment rains down upon the greedy and dishonest.
The wicked always have a trap laid for others,
but the lovers of God escape as they sing and shout in joyous triumph!
Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back.
But when you place your confidence in the Lord,
you will be seated in the high place.
As I celebrate my 46th birthday today, I pray;
God, there are two things I'm asking you for before I die, only two:
Empty out of my heart everything that is false--
every lie, and every crooked thing.
And give me neither undue poverty
nor undue wealth--
but rather, feed my soul with the measure of prosperity
that pleases you.
May my satisfaction be found in you,
Don't let me be so rich that I don't
or so poor that I have to resort to dishonesty
just to make ends meet.
Then my life will never detract from bringing glory to your name.
Charm can be misleading,
and beauty is vain and so quickly fades,
but this virtuous woman lives in the
and fear of the Lord.
She will be praised throughout