Hear Instruction

I was reading Proverbs 8:33-35 about hearing instruction and being wise. So I checked out Proverbs 8 to choose some verses so people would know the above referenced section referred to Wisdom. I couldn’t cut any portion of it, so here it is in full:

Proverbs 8:1, (KJV)  Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?

Pro 8:2  On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;

Pro 8:3  beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:

Pro 8:4  “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.

Pro 8:5  O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.

Pro 8:6  Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right,

Pro 8:7  for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Pro 8:8  All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

Pro 8:9  They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.

Pro 8:10  Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

Pro 8:11  for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Pro 8:12  “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Pro 8:14  I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

Pro 8:15  By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;

Pro 8:16  by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.

Pro 8:17  I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Pro 8:18  Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

Pro 8:19  My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.

Pro 8:20  I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,

Pro 8:21  granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

Pro 8:22  “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.

Pro 8:23  Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

Pro 8:24  When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.

Pro 8:25  Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth,

Pro 8:26  before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.

Pro 8:27  When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

Pro 8:28  when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

Pro 8:29  when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

Pro 8:30  then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,

Pro 8:31  rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

Pro 8:32  “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.

Pro 8:33  Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Pro 8:34  Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

Pro 8:35  For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

Pro 8:36  but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

I felt certain God was talking to me today about choosing a television show over spending time with Him. I felt bad about that, so I’m not making the same mistake tonight. I decided to grab a rectangular paper off of the fridge with Proverbs 8:33-35 on it. I like posting Scriptures around the house. They remind me of principles I want to follow. Occasionally the Scripture is one I want to memorize.

I love the idea of asking God for wisdom according to His wishes.

James_1:5, (ESV) says, ”If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

I remember a Bible study teacher I had that asked God for wisdom on a continual basis for a time because she felt a need for it. I thought that was a good idea for me, too.

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you!



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