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Proverbial characters;- Wisdom

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posted on Feb, 22 2019 @ 05:04 PM
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The collector of the Old Testament Proverbs makes his purpose clear from the beginning.
“That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight” (ch1 v2).
Then he further defines this wisdom as “fear of the Lord” (v7). This phrase, when used in the Bible, means respect and willingness to obey.

I’m studying the different characters of Proverbs, as one way of organising and understanding the teaching.

The first and most important character is Wisdom herself.

She is portrayed as a market trader. She “cries aloud in the streets, in the markets she raises her voice; on the top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks” (vv20-21).
But the people are not listening. There are “scoffers who delight in their scoffing”, fools who hate knowledge.
Therefore she reproves them, and warns them that the time will come when they cannot find the knowledge they need.
That is, the knowledge about the ways of God.
“But he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil” (vv22-33).

Or again, she is the generous hostess who invites everyone to a grand feast (ch9 vv1-6).
She has even built a new house for the occasion.
With seven pillars (the number which represents God).
All the other preparations have been made; the animals have been slaughtered for the feast, the wine has been mixed, the table has been laid.
She has sent out her maids to call in the guests, paying special attention to those who are “simple” (lacking in wisdom).
She urges them to leave their simpleness, and “walk in the way of insight”.
We may learn from this image that wisdom is being offered freely, without charge.

This wisdom has great value;
“All the words of my mouth are righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them” (ch8 v8).
The knowledge of righteousness is better than silver or gold.
It stands against “pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech”.
It provides the kind of sound counsel which enables rulers to “decree what is just”.

In fact the Lord himself rules in justice by that same wisdom.
He “created me at the beginning of his work”.
At that time, and since that time “I was beside him like a master workman;
And I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world, and delighting in the sons of men” (ch8 vv22-31).

Wisdom offers a choice, a choice which really defines all the other characters in this book.
On the one hand, “Happy is the man who listens to me…
For he who finds me finds life and obtains favour from the Lord”.

The alternative is “he who misses me injures himself; all who hate me love death” (ch8 vv32-36).

That is the difference between accepting or rejecting the Lord’s righteousness, known to this book as Wisdom.




posted on Feb, 22 2019 @ 05:07 PM
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Twice in 2 Samuel (ch14 and ch20) a “wise woman” is brought into the story. The exile of Absolom and the siege of Beth-Maacah.
One wise woman might be regarded as a casual description, but two wise women look like an institution.
In both cases the wise woman is used as a mediator.
My theory is that Israel regarded the wise women as being prompted by God in giving guidance on social relations.
The entire book of Proverbs is dominated by issues in social relations, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Wisdom is presented as a woman.
Other nations were also collecting proverbs, but perhaps Israel’s version of this literature had hidden roots among the kind of “wise women” that we discover in 2 Samuel.



posted on Feb, 22 2019 @ 05:10 PM
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Threads in the current series will be looking at these characters;
Wisdom
Foolishness
The Righteous Man
The Wicked Man
The Wise Man
The Fool
The Quarreller
The Troublemaker
The Friend
The Son
The King
The Rich Man
The Poor Man
The Sluggard
The Wife

Most of these characters can be paired off against each other.
The Quarreller, the Troublemaker, and perhaps even the Friend, are subcategories of the Fool.
The Father will be brought into the discussion of the Son, just as the Servant will be brought into the discussion of the King.
I may find reason to take the Sluggard and the Wife as another contrasting pair.



posted on Feb, 22 2019 @ 10:47 PM
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originally posted by: DISRAELI
Threads in the current series will be looking at these characters;
Wisdom
Foolishness
The Righteous Man
The Wicked Man
The Wise Man
The Fool
The Quarreller
The Troublemaker
The Friend
The Son
The King
The Rich Man
The Poor Man
The Sluggard
The Wife

Most of these characters can be paired off against each other.
The Quarreller, the Troublemaker, and perhaps even the Friend, are subcategories of the Fool.
The Father will be brought into the discussion of the Son, just as the Servant will be brought into the discussion of the King.
I may find reason to take the Sluggard and the Wife as another contrasting pair.




So which one am I?



posted on Feb, 23 2019 @ 01:05 AM
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a reply to: rickymouse
People will have to work that out for themselves, because I don't have the information. Do you have children, or lots of money, or have you caused any trouble lately? You might be more than one, of course.
You'll just have to read the descriptions as they come along, and see which cap fits.



posted on Feb, 23 2019 @ 07:49 PM
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ISRAEL... Is Pronounced: "Y Cierra El" (Spanish)...
Eng. Trans.: "And Close Him".
Ref.: The Eye Of Mind...

This Comes To You Straight From: "Pinocchio, The Great Liar!"...



posted on Feb, 23 2019 @ 10:53 PM
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Ahh wisdom.... intelligences immature sister, where words say she too beautiful to describe.

Lots of religions would love to claim wisdom, all the while it was a bad idea to be a wise guy in the early 1900.



posted on Feb, 24 2019 @ 01:20 AM
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a reply to: Specimen
Some people will feel more at home with one of the later characters.




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