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Sound Wisdom

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Proverbs 8.1-36)

A Psalm to Sing

God's law is perfect, and converts

    the soul in sin that lies:

God's testimony is most sure,

    and makes the simple wise.

The statutes of the Lord are right,

    and do rejoice the heart:

The Lord's command is pure, and doth

    light to the eyes impart.

Unspotted is the fear of God,

    and doth endure for ever:

The judgements of the Lord are true

    and righteous altogether.

(Psalm 19.7-9)

Memory Verse

"Christ, in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2.3)

Vocabulary

Define the following words:

excellent, perverse, durable, inherit, habitable, abomination, arrogancy, abounding, froward, prudence, revenue, rubies

Further reading

I Kings 3.5-28

Questions to answer

1. According to Proverbs where does wisdom cry?

2. To whom does wisdom cry?

3. What three adjectives are used to describe wisdom's words?

4. What sort of things will not be found in wisdom's words?

5. What things does wisdom excel?

6. Who does wisdom love?

7. What happens when we seek wisdom?

8. What sort of riches is with wisdom?

9. Complete the following passage:

"When there were no _________, I was brought forth; when there were no _________ abounding with water. Before the _________ were settled, before the _______ was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the _____, nor the ______, nor the highest part of the ____ of the world. When he prepared the _______, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the _____: When he established the ______ above: When he strengthened the _________ of the ____: when he gave to the ___ his decree, that the ______ should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the ___________ of the earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him."

10. What happens to those who find wisdom?

Things to do

1. Collect pictures of birds and animals to display. Write underneath each one any human characteristics with which they are associated.

2. Find out how Solomon became so wise and how he used his wisdom.

3. Find out something about the times in which Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle lived.

Essays

1. The wise king.

2. Things people prefer before wisdom.

3. Wise animals.

4. Solomon and Socrates compared.