Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Proverbs 3:13-18

"Blessed is the one who FINDS WISDOM,
and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."

Without wisdom you will falter in confusion and doubt...
Wisdom opens the doors of discovery;
wisdom whispers peace because your soul can rest in knowing TRUTH.


Anonymous said...

Good verses!



Lady Violet said...

Seek and ye shall find

kenton said...

Besides the Bible, I find quite a bit of wisdom listening to older people and mothers of 10 kids or more. Being humble and learning from other's experiences sure helps!

Tidbits of Torah said...

Bethany, I am truly enjoying your posts! (As you can tell since I have commented on several on this 1st and 2nd day).

Being that I see you like Psalms and Proverbs, I believe you will enjoy the following: I believe your blog followers will also appreciate. (Who would not - it's God's word!)


Until this point, King Solomon has explained the four preconditions for true service of God. As discussed in the commentary on Chapter 1, these are (1) choosing good teachers; (2) keeping one's distance from wicked people; (3) attaining fear of God through being aware of the reward for righteousness and the punishment for sin; (4) pursuing true wisdom while eschewing heresy as set forth in Chapter 2.

Now, in Chapter 3, King Solomon explains what serving God means and the great blessings of long life and peace that it brings.

V 3: "Kindness and truth will not abandon you." - "He begins by emphasizing the qualities of kindness and truth.Kindness means setting oneself to make every effort to show kindness to people and to benefit them with one's possessions and through physical effort, to make them feel good and to seek out peace, goodness and honor for them while being careful not to harm them whether by deeds or words. With this trait one banishes cruelty, selfishness, hatred, jealousy and pride. Truth means not calling evil good or good evil, not using flattery to ingratiate oneself with people, giving honor to the righteous while despising the wicked and judging people fairly without favoritism." (Rabbenu Yona).

Vv 5ff: Perfect trust in God means that one does not put one's trust in man nor in one's own powers and intelligence. "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths" (v 6): this famous verse teaches that the essence of trust in God is to seek Him out in all the different aspects and details of our lives: it is through this interactive "partnership" with God that all our paths become blessed.

Vv 8-10: Service of God not only brings spiritual benefits but actual physical health and material blessings.

Vv 11ff: Even when one trusts in God, not everything goes well all the time! When seeking to attain wisdom and serve God, one must understand that suffering is an inevitable part of the pathway, "for HaShem reproves those that He loves." (v 12).

V 12: "For its merchandise is better than merchandise of silver." - "In every kind of exchange that people make in business, one person takes this and the other person takes that. But when a person says to his friend, You teach me your chapter and I will teach you my chapter, each one of them ends up with both chapters in hand!" (Rashi).

Vv 17-18: These very beautiful evocations of the great benefits of Torah wisdom are recited in the synagogue after the public Torah reading as the scroll is returned to the ark.

Vv 19-20: "HaShem founded the earth with Wisdom and established the heavens with Understanding; with His Knowledge the depths were split asunder and the clouds drop down the dew." These verses allude to deep kabbalistic secrets of the creation, showing that the wisdom we are exhorted to seek out is the inner wisdom of the Creator Himself.

Vv 21ff: "My son, let them not depart from your eyes." The pursuit of this wisdom requires unremitting application, but this is worth it because of the perfect security and divine protection which it brings.

Vv 27ff set forth the principles with which one who would serve God must govern his conduct towards his fellows. "For the crooked person is an abomination to God, but His secret is with the righteous" (v 32). God deals with all MIDDAH KE-NEGED MIDDAH, "measure for measure".