The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 3
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My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments
within you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining
your heart to understanding; 3 if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding; 4 if you seek it like
silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures-- 5 then you
will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of
God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge
and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, 8 guarding the paths
of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Digging Up the Word of God
Proverbs is a book full of instructions and guidelines aimed
at building character. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job are considered
the wisdom books of the Old Testament (along with Sirach and the
Wisdom of Solomon in the Apocrypha). None is probably more fun
and approachable than Proverbs in that it is full of advice and
sayings, none of which are meant as universal commands, but rather
are contextual guidelines aimed at teaching how to discern the
proper things to do and how to live well. This passage basically
says that wisdom can be sought and found and should be valued
above all else. Not exactly booty, but a guide to a life well-lived.
So while Job and Ecclesiastes sort of take the negative route
emphasizing our inability to grasp the full wisdom of God, Proverbs
provides a path to the things we should be able to figure out,
if we are willing to work at it.
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