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25 October 2017

Proverbs 4 - Part I
Wisdom - A Wall of Protection

Read Proverbs 4:1-9:
1. Considering the same verses 1-3 spiritually, who is the son and the mother? Hint: wisdom is the focus of these chapters; a mother gives birth to a son. 1Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:19; birth - 1Peter 1:23; John 6:63 (Galatians 4:26)
Considering the same verses outwardly, they would refer back to Proverbs 1:1.


2. Verse 4 says to do three things: retain the words of wisdom in the heart; keep her commands; live. How does retaining words and keeping commands help one live? Job 23:12 (cp Exodus 16:16-18); John 6:63


Note: Hebrew for instruction h4148, (verse 1) means what binds or restricts. The binding or restricting can be good or bad, depending on the instructions. The Ancient Hebrew pictograph for the letters of this word is water, tent peg, thorn & head of a man. Water: thought; tent peg: anchors tent; thorn: pricks; head: contains thoughts. The word of God stored in the mind is like an anchor that restricts us from evil by pricking the conscience if we stray. Cf Isaiah 30:19-21.

3. In verses 5-7 expands on verse 4 as to what the heart is retaining. What is implied as to how this is accomplished? Hint: Deuteronomy 4:27-30 (apply allegorically today)
{Sincere believers are scattered in the religious organizations of the world. Today, idols are more inward, like false teachings about God & the Bible itself. The tribulation a person has is exchanging the old wine for the new, Luke 5:39. Accepting the new wine is the call to come out of Babylon, Zechariah 2:6-7 - i.e. false teachings about Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the cross, etc.}


3a. Verse 6: Preserve - KJ; protect - NIV: properly to hedge about (with thorns, as a shepherd protects the sheep in the wilderness.) Retaining Wisdom in the heart builds an impenetrable wall in the mind, Isaiah 60:18-20.


Verse 8: Hebrew Interlinear: Exalt her and she will lift you up; she will honor you when you embrace her.
4. KJ - promote h7311 is better rendered as lift up. Psalms 75:6-7 indicates who lifts up a person. Who lifts you up, and what does it mean? Exodus 25:30; 26:35; Leviticus 24:5-9; Psalms 37:34; John 3:3, 5 (south is wilderness; missing is north)
{The tabernacle and services are a pictorial allegory of the process by which the believer becomes a minister (priest) of God.}


5. Verse 9: What does it mean to have a wreath/ornament of grace & a crown of glory on your head? Job 19:9; Proverbs 14:18; 2Peter 1:2-4; Tiiust 4:4-7; Psalms 49:16


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