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Proverbs 2

Hidden Treasure

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.

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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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