Virginia Winston Essay 3
Hebrew Wisdom on Diligence and Laziness
The book of Proverbs is a book that can provide us with wisdom and knowledge for effective every day living. Proverbs supply wisdom for all people regardless of their age, sex or position in society. God wants his people to be wise and informed with quality applications for a successful and blessed lifestyle. An attribute to possess in order to obtain great wisdom on diligence and laziness is first we must have the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 states “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” According to that verse the fear of the Lord is an attitude of respect toward God, which means we do not want to displease God. In order to not displease God’s word in the book of Proverbs we must be willing to accept and try and live our life according to the wisdom that he has provided. Proverbs is like a manual for living an effective life. A wise individual will understand from the beginning we must know and follow God’s instructions of his word. In ancient society the ability to make wise decisions in all life’s practical matters was highly esteemed. Ancient Near Eastern wisdom shares the same basic emphasis on practical matters and success in life that one finds in the wisdom of the Hebrew Bible. Hebrew wisdom literature taught people not only how to make good choices in life but also how to make godly choices. Within the Old Testament there is no better example of the practical side of godly living and success than what is found in the book of Proverbs. ( Hinson page 259). In The Essence of the Old Testament a proverb (Hebrew mashal) is a short poetic sentence conveying wisdom in a concise and memorable form. Proverbs are typically based on experience and observation and are written in such a way that they produce reflection in the mind of the reader. (Hinson page 259). Proverbs in the Old Testament provides us with wisdom and...
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