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September 2011

Words to Live By - Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2 (NIV)

Verse 1. My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, V.2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, V.3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, V.4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, V.5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

(I believe the key to gaining true wisdom is found here in verses 2 and 4. God will give WISDOM to those who are willing to 'search for it as for hidden treasure' for He knows these are the people who will 'apply it'.)

V.6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. V.7 He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, V.8 for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. V.9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair------every good path. V.10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. V.11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. V.12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse.

(In verses 12 to 19, God tells us that true wisdom will lead us to avoid evil company and evil practices. In v.22 we are told of the end of the wicked.)

V.22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

(Verses 20 and 21 give us a much different picture, a picture of those 'who live by His word')

V. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. V.21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it.

( I believe this is not only speaking about our experience here and now, but mainly about our living in Heaven!)

Blessings on you,
Beverley Carter

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