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1 Subject: PROVERBS Title: The Contrast of Foolishness and Wisdom Text: Proverbs 1: INTRODUCTION: * Webster defines proverb - An old and common saying; a phrase or expression often repeated. A sentence briefly expressing some practical wisdom. A maxim, a saw, an adage. * Proverbs is a book loaded with capsules of truth that face life head on, providing benefits if heeded and consequences if not. * Proverbs is simply put, a book of godly advice. * The goal of the book: blend together knowledge gained from the fear of the Lord and good, godly advice from father and mother. The results - you ll look good! * The text presents alternatives, choices. That s what life is, a series of very important choices. * The text also brings up a major life problem: thinking that one can get something for nothing. I. Foolishness (1:10-19) Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. A. The Proposal (1:10-12) 1 Corinthians 15:33, Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 14

2 Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifi ce to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither fi lthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. B. The Promise (1:13-14) * We can get something for nothing. C. The Path (1:15-16) Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Proverbs 4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. D. The Prospect (1:17-19) * What goes around, comes around. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 15

3 * With reference to vs. 1:18 & 19, Proverbs 27:20, Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfi ed. II. Wisdom (1:20-33) 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. A. The Proposal (1:20-22) * Wisdom is everywhere - it is available to the receptive ear. * The simple never investigate the truth. * Naivete ( simplicity ) - despise ( scorn ) - ignorance ( hate knowledge ) * Christ is wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:30, But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctifi cation, and redemption: Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. * The scorner - makes fun of wisdom. 16

4 Proverbs 19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. Proverbs 15:12, A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. B. The Promise (1:23) * Turn - repent * Reproof - rebuke, admonition, reprimand * I will pour out my spirit - I will make known my words John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. C. The Prediction (1:24-32) * The sinner s response: v.24 refusal indifference v.25 to make the word of none effect to turn it down flatly v.29 hatred towards it v.30 contempt * The resultant consequences: v.26 fear calamity - disaster, catastrophe, tragedy v.27 desolation - waste, lifeless destruction distress - suffering, agony, misery anguish - sorrow, grief, heartache * What is rejected? v.25 God s counsel God s reproof v.29 the knowledge of God the fear of the Lord 17

5 * The final consequences v.31 eat the fruit of your own way filled with your devices - tricks, shenanigans v.32 slay them destroy them D. The Prospect (1:33) * safety and quiet * from the fear of evil 18

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