Presented to Dr. Corin Mihaila of
In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for
Old Testament Survey
October 27, 2014
This is my introduction to describe the teachings of Hebrew wisdom on diligence and laziness and how does this correspond with the contrast between wisdom and folly? I first want to give the definition of each of the words that I will be addressing during this essay. Diligence means “the attention and care legally expected or required of a person”. Laziness means “resistant to work or exertion; slow-moving; sluggish”. Wisdom means “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right or lasting; insight:. Folly means “a lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight. Now that we have the definition of the important words that I will be focusing on, lets beginning the discussion of Hebrew wisdom regarding these attributes.
The Book of Proverbs was written mostly by Solomon. Solomon asked God and received the wisdom of The Lord and Solomon teaches us about the importance of diligence and not being lazy. Solomon states in Proverbs 13:4 “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich”. When we continually seek after wisdom it will enable us to not become lazy. If we continue to be diligent we reap the rewards by obtaining the knowledge we need to help us in our daily walk and every aspect of our life. Solomon states in Proverbs 4:13 “Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life”. The Word of God is our foundation to live a diligent life.
The Book of Proverbs emphasizes the fear of the Lord as the key to wisdom and knowledge. His wisdom is available to those of us who trust Him and keep His commandments (Proverbs 2:7-10). The Book of Proverbs gives you the lifestyle to follow, the life of diligence or the life...
Bibliography: Edward Hindson and Gary Yates,,The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey, Nashville, 2012
Broadman & Holman Publishers, The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Nashville, 1996
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition principal copyright 1993
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