A Walk Through Proverbs; The Command To Obtain Wisdom


From the Complete Jewish Bible, by David H. Stern

Michlei (Proverbs) Chapter Four, Verses 1-27

Listen, children, to a father’s instruction; pay attention, in order to gain insight; for I am giving you good advice; so don’t abandon my teaching.  For I too was once a child to my father; and my mother, too, thought of me as her special darling.  He too taught me; he said to me, “Let your heart treasure my words; keep my commands, and live; gain wisdom, gain insight; don’t forget or turn from the words I am saying.  Don’t abandon [wisdom]; then she will preserve you; love her, and she will protect you.

The beginning of wisdom is:  get wisdom!  And along with all your getting, get insight!  Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will bring you  honor; she will give your head a garland of grace, bestow on you a crown of glory.

Listen, my son, receive what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I’m directing you on the way of wisdom, guiding you in paths of uprightness; when you walk, your step won’t be hindered; and if you run, you won’t stumble.  Hold fast to discipline, don’t let it go; guard it, for it is your life.

Don’t follow the path of the wicked or walk on the way of evildoers.  Avoid it, don’t go on it, turn away from it, and pass on, For they can’t sleep if they haven’t done evil, they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining ever brighter until full daylight.  The way of the wicked is like darkness; they don’t even know what makes them stumble.

My son, pay attention to what I am saying; incline your ear to my words.  Don’t let them out of your sight, keep them deep in your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to their whole being.

Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences.  Keep crooked speech out of your mouth, banish deceit from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze on what lies in front of you.  Level the path for your feet, let all your ways be properly prepared; then deviate neither right nor left; and keep your foot far from evil.


Normally I write something about this, some notes and a summary, but I’m curious to  hear your thoughts on this chapter.  I love interaction!  I try so hard to do things on my blogs to get it, but it is hard at times to really get people involved in the topic.  What stands out to you, the reader, the most?  What really ministers to your spirit?  This is why it’s called a “walk through Proverbs,” because we’re walking through it together.  I don’t know everything, nor do you; I want to learn some new things as well.  I want to hear what it is the Holy Spirit ministers to your heart.  Please share.  Thanks! ☼


7 thoughts on “A Walk Through Proverbs; The Command To Obtain Wisdom

  1. Pingback: MAKING INSIGHT YOUR PRIORITY « Vine and Branch World

  2. Once we begin to look for wisdom we start to understand that it is found in the Word of God. As we begin to accept it, it continues to grow within us. A transformation then allows the Holy Spirit to find its way into our lives. When that happens, we become new creatures. We no longer belong to this world. We now belong to Christ!

    • Thank you Dave for your comments! I appreciate it! I wish I could get more involvement in this Proverbs stuff! I dont copy and paste here because I am typing it out of my Complete Jewish it takes a lot of time. I am so happy that you read these and comment! And that it blesses you! Thank you!

  3. Lyn, the thing that stands out the most to me is that not only are we to seek wisdom…which comes through a careful and deliberate pursuit of it, but also being willing to receive it…receiving means to take it into our hearts, and be changed by it…to let it have it’s work in us…. So many of us are good at the seeking part….we’re not so good at the “receiving” end of it though…and I think it shows in a person’s life.

    • Thank you dear Wayne for your thoughts. Amen and amen! It’s so nice to hear other people’s thoughts on it. I know what stands out the most to me is that we are not just asked to pursue wisdom as followers of Christ…we are commanded to obtain it…that’s powerful stuff right there! Commanded…whooh. Lord, give me wisdom! I’ve always heard be careful what you ask for because He will give it to you! LOL! I asked for patience and then sure enough, he taught me patience through situations!

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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