THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
Hearing Wisdom From Human Sources – Proverbs 1:8-19
Verse 8 – The first line of defense against evil for the child is the parents and their wisdom concerning good, right, wrong, godliness, evil, Righteousness and unrighteousness.
If the parents are not wise in the things of God, then their children are in danger of great peril. The child is to listen to their parents teaching with interest in what they are teaching.
“Obey the correction, discipline, chastisement of your father. Do not throw away, cast off the law of your mother.”
Verse 9 – By hearing, obeying your father, and grasping hold of your mother’s teaching, and cherishing her teachings they will be like a golden chain around your neck (Genesis 41:42-43).
For they (shall be) an ornament of grace unto thy head. The sentiment here expressed is put forward as an inducement to youth to observe obedience towards the instruction of the father and the law of the mother, and the meaning is that, just as in popular opinion ornaments and jewels are supposed to set off the personal form, so obedience towards parents in the ways of virtue embellishes the moral character (Bayne, Cartwright, Holden). From The Pulpit Commentary (e-Sword edition).
Could it be that a child who grows in wisdom will be seen as having a “Good head on his shoulders”?
Verses 10-19 – The enticements, alluring and greed of the evil will lead to murder.
There is temptation which comes from outside the individual sinner. Those who “lay wait for blood” There is a certain greed, lust, thirst for power which cares not whose life it may harm.
This greed for blood comes from lustful desire for material gain to be seen as powerful, famous, and beautiful.
Within these verses are two warnings to “consent thou not”, and of what this evil does. Verse 10, and verse 15 is a call to “walk not in the way with them”.
The Pulpit Commentary gives us a point to think about,
“HOW THE TEMPTATION IS TO BE MET. “Consent thou not.” Let no man deem himself the helpless victim of temptation. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able,” etc. (1Co_10:13) We have wills. We can say “Yes” and “No.” We are not responsible for meeting with temptation, since even Christ felt the cruel force of this trial, but we are responsible for the way we behave under it. one thing to be tempted, Another thing to fall.
Psalm 119 gives some words of wisdom and instruction as well, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word. With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:9-11 (KJV)
-Tim A. Blankenship