Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 1


Proverbs 1 (Amplified Bible)

Proverbs 1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

[a]That people may know skillful and godly [b]Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,

That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth—

The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]—

That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

My son, hear the instruction of your father; reject not nor forsake the teaching of your mother.

For they are a [victor’s] chaplet (garland) of grace upon your head and chains and pendants [of gold worn by kings] for your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11 If they say, Come with us; let us lie in wait [to shed] blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause [and show that his piety is in vain];

12 Let us swallow them up alive as does Sheol (the place of the dead), and whole, as those who go down into the pit [of the dead];

13 We shall find and take all kinds of precious goods [when our victims are put out of the way], we shall fill our houses with plunder;

14 Throw in your lot with us [they insist] and be a sworn brother and comrade; let us all have one purse in common—

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; restrain your foot from their path;

16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

18 But [when these men set a trap for others] they are lying in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; such [greed for plunder] takes away the lives of its possessors.

20 [c]Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets;

21 She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22 How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?

23 If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [[d]Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.

24 Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it,

25 And you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic—

27 When your panic comes as a storm and desolation and your calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28 Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord,

30 Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,

31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices.

32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of [self-confident] fools shall destroy them.

33 But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.

13 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 1”

  1. Many times I have started to read Proverbs, and never finished. In fact, my sister told me a long time ago, if I was ever in doubt where to start reading, start in Proverbs. Now, finally, I will get to the GOODS!!

    What struck me about this first chapter is the following verses: “How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self confident] fools hate knowledge? (23),
    If you will turn (repent) and give heed my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will poor out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.” Proverbs 1 v 22-23 (Amplified version).

    Why these verses are of special meaning to me, is that I am a “simple one.” I have not consistently read the Bible, or shrived to get to know Him. I have just been haphazardly stumbling from one near disaster to the next. With the help of my friends, I have been calling on Him when I needed help. Yes, I do give Him thanks, and honor Him as my Lord, but I am not CONSISTENT in my relationship with Him.

    Now in reading and understanding these verses, I see how disobedient I have been. I realized how much distress and anxiety I have caused myself, by not reading His word,and taking comfort in His promises.

    I look forward to the changes in my life I see happening as I open myself to the possibilities of a true relationship with the Lord.

    1. My Friend, I love your heart. You encourage me to be consistent. Your life is a testament to growth and learning. I see Him pouring out His wisdom upon you. We will encourage each other to be consistent in seeking Him first. ❤

      1. Yes, Jenni and Zoey, Encouragement is something we all can help each other with. I love you both!

  2. (Moved for Equipping the Saints):

    Well, here I go. I hope that this is what you may have been looking to receive from your blog friends.

    Proverbs 1

    The proverbs are wise sayings that were made by King Solomon. In the first proverb we see that they were written not for the gain of reputation by King Solomon, or to add to his interest among his subjects. Instead they were given for the use and benefit of everyone, so that in every age and place, those same people would govern themselves by the understanding that comes from the proverbs, and that the people would continue in a deep and close study of them. Especially for the young people of Solomon’s time, the desire was to provide knowledge and discretion in life’s circumstances. The proverb, this and others, had the purpose and design for basic people, to give them clear and direct wisdom, and to be sure that each meaning was plain and easy to understand. For young people, the purpose was to give them knowledge and discretion. As a result of the reading and studying of proverbs, the simple and young would become wise. Solomon made the truth very simple to understand. He used examples, such as, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Also, to keep an eye whose focus is on God, will direct and strengthen the pursuit of knowledge. Solomon assumed that parents would train their children, and use their authority to do everything for the good of the children. He instructed children to learn from their and parents, and to retain that knowledge. Solomon was very direct in telling sinners of their wrong doings, and of their persistent nature of staying in their sinful ways. He called for them to repent of their sins, and thereby become wise. He points out the doom of those who would remain in their sin. Against that, he tells them of their assurance of safety and happiness if they would give in to the teachings of wisdom. The previous four sentences contain pretty much the teaching of all of God’s teachings to mankind, that is, for us to repent of our sins, Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

    1. As I read your piece, I loved how you brought out that Proverbs was written for the people. I am always amazed how scripture is really God’s word, it is alive and meets us where we are at. You also pointed out how God used Solomon to make the truths plain. Thank the Lord, who is infinitely complex, yet thoughtful enough of mankind to make His wisdom plain. Thank you for bringing my heart to this place of thankfulness for God’s greatness is writing Proverbs so it may minister to me and yet to the most learned person in the world. Our God is so very awesome!

      1. Amen! I share Jenni’s sentiment. As we continue to read and study Proverbs the context is written by Kings for the people. It shows us the qualities of what God wants for all people to have integrated into their life. Thank you for your insights into the character of a righteous believer. Bless you~Zoey

    2. I love how you broke this helps me in NOT becoming overwhelmed with reading the Bible. You are a blessing to me. Thank you for your perspective, I look forward to reading your posts!

  3. Jenni:
    Praise God!! Jesus will meet us in our moments and offer His guidance, we just need to be listening actively and have a willing heart to follow the Holy Spirit. It is so encouraging to know we have the wisdom of God to transform the situations into victory for His Glory!!! ~Zoey

  4. Day One: Proverbs 1

    From today’s reading, I really liked it that God used Solomon, the wisest person in the world to write down instruction in wisdom for me. God was thinking of me….that is always a thought that fills my heart with joy.

    Proverbs 1:2
    2 [a]That people may KNOW skillful and godly [b]Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

    I want to understand what that word ‘know” means. I know my children….I birthed them; I cared for them with all that I am. I have spent hours and hours with them, learning who they are. I know their likes and dislikes. I know their hurts and their joys. I actively spend my life in learning of them. I would say that I really know them.

    God wants me know His wisdom like this. It is His heart desire for me to be able to understand Him. To really know Him, not just know of Him. He wants me to spend my life, use just as much effort to know Him as I have in knowing my children. It is so important to the Lord that He had Solomon write it down. He wants me to read it, but more than that. He wants His words to become part of me, who I am and how I think.

    **Thank you, Lord for helping me to know you. I really want to know who you are and how you are. Help me to actively seek you all the days of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen

  5. Listen to wisdom. That requires it to be spoken. A caring heart will speak of wisdom with grace. Here in Proverbs, God is calling to his people but they refuse to listen. Have you, as a parent, called to your children and they did not hear you? Or they acted as though they did not hear, at least. How does God call to us? In the OT (old testament) it is evident that Israel was the center hub of Proverbs. So, God calls to us in the center of our lives, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our schedules, to listen and understand what He is instructing and teaching us in His word. Even nature hears and understands the laws of creation. So should we as humans, hear and understand the wisdom of our Creator.

    Now, to put that in our everyday vernacular… ehm, “listen up and get smart between your ears!” At least that is how I hear the voice of wisdom speaking throughout this chapter. Lol

    I really like how the active voice in verses 2-6, states: to know [v:2], to receive [v:3], to give [v:4]. As we read about wisdom and instruction our knowledge is broadened and we receive it unto our spirit, where it abides and is assessable to give to others. How wonderful!! We have such a loving teacher in our God, who gladly shares His Wisdom so that our lives will be successful and have fullness of Joy!

    Wisdom is an application of God’s word. It is not human intellectual supremacy. It is the character of God, the outstretched hand of our Lord Jesus. In v:23, it states that God…”will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you,”…how does God do this in today’s society? It is no different from OT to NT to the present time now. He speaks through His spirit, the Holy Spirit.

    The Holy Spirit through wisdom, brings discernment to any given situation you might be experiencing. Your senses will know and follow the wishes of those who are responsible for you, right? Just as in leadership, it’s the unspoken word in a look that sometimes carries the weight of meaning. It is intuition that leads and it is instructions that teach us to be better people.[v:5]

    What begins is a transformation of our character to the virtues of righteousness found in the character of God. Here is wisdom; it is prized and valued by Kings. Think about that. What is being taught here is moral protection from an immoral world. [v:10] We are to be loyal to God and His intention for us. As we do this, a wondrous thing begins to happen. We are transformed more into His image and in turn, so does our desire to serve Him with our whole heart and being.[v:33]

    My Prayer:
    Jesus, you have walked the dusty roads of Galilee. You have been to the market places and in the crowds where people shove and push without care of who might get trampled upon. You have seen the days go by too fast and the heart delight for the stars at night. Thank you Jesus, for you do understanding our plight. You gave us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit when you left. Nothing has changed, you still will receive us unto the Father by believing in you. For you are the Living Word, interceding on our behalf to the Father. Teach us Jesus what we need to know, how to better ourselves so that we will have an abundant life in you. Amen.

    Bless you~Zoey

    1. Zoey,

      I love that you wrote “What begins is a transformation of our character to the virtues of righteousness found in the character of God.” For this is what His wisdom does. It truly transform us. This week I had a situation that was devastating to me. However, because I was preparing for this blog and focusing on His wisdom. I stopped to ask Him what His wisdom was for the moment. It was amazing what His wisdom did for my moment. I was totally transformed from despair and defeat to hope and peace. Thank you so much for sharing and helping me see that this is only the beginning of His wisdom in me….there is so much more to come and I am so looking forward to it.

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