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The context of Matthew is adultery--relations with a woman who is not your wife. The context of Proverbs is marriage--relations with the woman who is your wife. The difference is quite substantial. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already ...


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I usually take proverbs to be straightforward about earthly affairs. They often fall under the theme of Ecclesiastes: A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God (Ecclesiastes 2:24) This proverb might be a word of wisdom to farmers, touching on laziness or reluctance to ...


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In context, Proverbs 1 here is talking about joining with sinful men, plundering and gambling. It is a completely unrelated passage of Scripture. Here it is in-context with the surrounding passages: Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men 8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9 They ...


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Proverbs is wisdom literature, and that category seeks to describe things as they are, not necessarily what they should be. Ecclesiastes 7:15-16, for example, says: In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. Do not be ...


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Proverbs 1:4-5 tells us his audience: 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— They were written to the "simple," which the NIV defines as "The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, ...


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The common understanding of this apparent conflict is that the two verses describe two situations. One involves answering foolish questions... The ones that are so foolish they don't deserve an answer. The ones that people ask to get a rise out of you, or make a point, when there's no real possibility of an intelligent conversation. The kind we quickly ...


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I don't know Hebrew, so I can't offer a whole lot of guidance here, but it seems the apparent contradiction could be a result of different language paradigms. It is interesting that the Hebrew texts for the verses seem to use the same word for "fool" and "not a fool". The grammatical structure and conjugation is baffling to me, but according to the Blue ...


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I have of late taught that "wisdom" in the book of Proverbs is best understood as the understanding of God's ways or will and the application of such. In other words, acting and behaving in the manner which God intends for us. "Knowledge" can be understood in a similar fashion. This interpretation of wisdom, in my opinion, can be applied to all instances ...


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There are a few different types of books in the Old Testament. I'm no OT scholar, but I think the standard categories are: Pentateuch Historical Wisdom/Poetic Prophetic (Major & Minor) Proverbs is normally classed as wisdom literature. It contains lots of literary devices, such as the one you pointed out, and -- even while many Christians ...


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I can tell you who wisdom is in Sirach... Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honoured in God, and shall glory in the midst of her people, and shall open her mouth in the churches of the most High, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power, and in the midst of her own people she shall be exalted, and shall be admired in the holy ...


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Note: Most on-line commentaries seem ascribe this verse to mean the Son of God and the Arian heresy tried to use it as a means for arguing that the Son was created and therefore not eternal. See these commentaries here. Anyway, when thinking of the Eternal Son as the wisdom of God we run into the idea that the Son was eternally begotten of the Father. ...


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"Wisdom" in the context of these verses isn't anybody. It's wisdom, as you or I would understand the word, literally, but in this particular context, Solomon is Anthropomorphizing the character trait of wisdom. I've never once seen a commentary, or heard a message that gives any indication that "Wisdom" in these passages means anything else. That Solomon ...


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Living wisely allows a person to avoid a great deal of calamity. For instance, someone who is wise with his money and stores up wealth for his later years can enjoy the blessings of wisdom, whereas someone who spends money foolishly will suffer for that. So, there is blessing in living wisely with the things of this world. However, Ecclesiastes probably ...


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Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. In Christ we are Kings and Priest unto our God. So yes as Steve explains you can spiritualize this verse however there is the natural view as well. There is nothing wrong with the king being the supreme investigator of a land constantly discovering the truths ...


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I don't see how the surrounding verses lead one to think about science; that sounds like eisegesis to me (reading a matter into the text). Perhaps God conceals a matter to get kings exercised in searching for it. Biblical truths, for example, are scattered far and wide in the scriptures and we must do much hunting to pull the pieces together. In support of ...


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I think Keil's, Commentary on the Old Testament has it right. I summarize them as this: You should NOT recognize the foolish assumptions of a fool. You should NOT answer as though his questions or statements were reasonable, that would be debasing your own self and your own mind. Rather you SHOULD answer a fool as is due to according to his folly. You ...


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A proverb uses equal and opposite idealism to get its point across. If no work is being done, then you have no fruits from labor. If much work is being done, then you have much fruits from labor. This was not to suggest that no work should be done. The oxen was used in those days as a worker, and the manger being empty was showing what results from no work ...


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God's way of saying, "Dung" Happens. Even though we might have to, and it's never fun to clean up the poop, it's worth it in the long run because of how much good can come from the ox. Much like how God uses adversary in our lives to produce a good outcome in the end. Anyhow, that's my take on it. Blessings


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I agree with Jas with the exception that I want to point out that Proverbs 14:4 applies not only to ministers but all those who labor. People make mistakes and cause problems but its through people that work is accomplished. Every employee requires the labor of an employer. The "perfect" employee will never work for you because you are not the "perfect" ...



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