Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Alphabetically Apply the Book of Proverbs to Your Life - Conclusion

Proverbs 1:1-7 "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction."

One of the valuable reasons for studying the Book of Proverbs is to gain the skill needed to relate to others and to God for His glory. Such a reason is how we can so define wisdom itself - which is the whole point of the book. Oftentimes I find myself in situations where people may ask for advice, or where I need advice on life's pressing issues. Since Proverbs is primarily arranged in a topical form, it is fruitful to comb through the entire book and arrange the verses under topical headings. Today's post concludes the alphabetical listings of topics that can be used in advisory or counseling situations. In the last four posts we have considered topics ranging from A-T. Today we conclude out study by considering subjects beginning with letters U-W. All the verse references below derive from Proverbs.

Upholding your reputation. 25:9-10

1. Verses on fools. 26:1,3; 27:3,22

2. Virtuous woman/wife. 12:4; 14:1; 18:22; 19:14; 31:10-31

1. Wait on God. 20:22

2. We are to feed the hungry. 6:30

3. What hatred does. 10:12,18; 15:17

4. What wisdom does. 3:19,20

5. What love does. 10:12

6. What to do if you make a pledge. 6:1-5

7. What children can do for their parents. 10:1

8. What to do when people are kind to you. 3:27,28

9. Wisdom is preferable and good 23:14-16,23; 24:3-7; 25:11-13

10. Wisdom must not be rejected. 1:24-32; 2:18-19,22,33-35; 5:12-14; 8:36; 9:12-13; 12:8; 17:12,16; 21:16; 28:26,29

11. Wisdom and the things of God. 1:23,33; 2:1-5; 6:1017,21; 3:10,13-18,21,23,33-35; 4:6-9, 11-13; 5:2; 8:35; 9:6,11-12; 10:13-14,17; 11:12; 12:8,14,22,23; 13:14-16; 14:8,15-18,35; 15:2,14,20; 16:16,21-23; 18:4,13,15; 19:11,25; 21:19; 22:17-19,20-21; 23:12; 27:14;29:3

It is hoped that the reader will take these posts and begin to use them in their own lives or in ministering God's love and wisdom to others. We need wisdom in today's world. May God be glorified through whatever efforts may ripple from these posts. 

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