The Sayings of the Wise

Friday, November 9, 2012

Today, I'm starting a Weekend Word series based on the 30 Sayings of the Wise found in Proverbs 22-24. I almost focused on the 30 sayings for my 31 Days series, but I didn't want to rush through them. Each one deserves contemplation, and hopefully my highlighting them here will inspire you to visit Proverbs on your own. I hadn't heard of the 30 Sayings of the Wise until I stumbled upon them myself recently, simply reading the Bible on my own. 

A bit of background: Proverbs is closely linked with Solomon, but the "sayings of the wise" likely stem from a circle of wise men, (maybe even women, who knows?) not just Solomon himself. In general, the proverbs are not intended to be prophecies but rather, compact statements that express truths about human behavior. The introduction is worth noting:

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach; for it is pleasing when you keep them in you heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him you sent you? Proverbs 22:17-21

Two weekend notes:
(1) Did you enter the 4 Cats Art Studio giveaway? Click here. It is open until Monday night!
(2) Looking for a fun event this weekend?
Our fabulous local toy store, Wonder Works, will kick off the holiday season in high gear on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at their Mt. Pleasant location. This FREE event will include pictures with Elfie (from the book Elf on the Shelf) and a signing by the author, cookies, ornaments, food, and a long list of toy wishes from your kids! Even better, this event will raise funds for Blessings for Becky, Hugs for Harper, Keys for Hope (for Crisis Ministries) and Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan's Purse - wooh! Lots of good stuff. See you there. (More info here.)

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3 Responses to “The Sayings of the Wise”

  1. "In general, the proverbs are not intended to be prophecies but rather, compact statements that express truths about human behavior." I'm so glad you pointed that out! It is an important distinction. Proverbs is probably one of my favorite books of the Bible, it's so full of good stuff!

  2. Such an incredible calling out of the twisted nature of our hearts...using those less powerful than ourselves to increase our own power...very convicting

  3. That Word is very truthful, very needful... and hopefully the judges and lawyers and general people will keep that in mind and heart and NOT go for the benefits of their own when it's not honest or go for the throats of others when they've not done wrong. [Do I sound intense? Oh, YES!! Involved with a variety of issues that deal with this.]