1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 Humility and the fear of the LORD
bring wealth and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,
but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 A generous man will himself be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!"
or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Look at verse 13. It smacks of excuses, excuses. How do you procrastinate in your relationship with God? How does this class help?
Now look at vv. 17-21 What is the three step process to getting wisdom? Where are you in the 3-step process of verses 17-21? How prepared are you to "give sound answers"? What works for you in handling an angry associate of roommate? What does this chapter suggest (v.24)?
What is the meaning of your name? first, middle, last name? What is the meaning of each?
Write down your names on seperate lines.
Don't know? Then let's go to the library and research your name. (If your @ home then Google it this week and be prepared to answer on the quiz.)
What is a good name? To be well spoken of: A name (that is, a good name, a name for good things with God and good people)
Look at verse 1. How can a good name be more valuable than riches? is rather to be chosen than great riches; that is, we should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name than that by which we may raise and increase a great estate. Great riches bring great cares with them, expose men to danger, and add no real value to a man
What have you done ( or could do) to make yourself, your family, your profession a good name? Think about some of the names of kings: Richard the Lionhearted, Eric the Red, Paul the Simple, Catherine the Great
Now look at vv. 9-11 What distinguishes the "wicked,"the "simple," the "mocker," the "sluggard" and "adulteress" from the "prudent" and "pure in heart"? Could these be the suffix of your name?
What do you want the suffix of your name to be on your tomb stone?
So how do we achieve a good name? We do so by choosing righteous behavior over wicked action.
So you have worked hard to develop a good name. How do you keep it? We keep a good name by remembering who we are. As followers of Jesus we commit ourselves to doing what is right all the time. As verses 22-23 put it, we take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. We will not “exploit the poor because they are poor” or “crush the needy in court.”
Look at vv. 2, 7, 9 16.
How should we view the rich and the poor?
What do they have in common? How do they differ?
How might they depend of each other?
Who does God bless and why?
Do you believe verse 6?
How many kids do you want to have? Gender?
How will you train them?
What does it mean that when a child bccomes old he will not turn from it.
Whose faith do you have now: Your own? Your parents? No faith at all?
Wisdom is more valuable than wealth (Proverbs 8:10). Other people should be able to trust us. Christians should be responsible people, who are always careful and sensible.
God made everybody. So we are all responsible to him.
God made rich people. He gave wealth to them, so that they could help poor people (Proverbs 14:31).
God also made poor people. He cares about them (Isaiah 61:1). He will punish rich people who refuse to help poor people (Proverbs 17:5).
A simple person has not learned to be wise. He does not watch for dangers. He does not go to a safe place. (See Psalm 46:1-2.) He suffers, because he is not wise.
God is greater than we are. Therefore, we must be humble. The wise person respects God (Proverbs 1:7). God protects him and helps him.
Some wise people are not wealthy (Proverbs 19:1). But their wisdom is more valuable than money (Proverbs 8:10-11). Really, they are wealthy, because God will give great wealth to them in heaven. (See Revelation 21:3-4, Revelation 21:18-21 and Isaiah 55:2. See also Mark 10:29-20.)
Similarly, other people might not give honour to wise people (Matthew 5:11-12). But God gives honour to them (John 12:26).
In this book, Solomon warns us about many dangers. Wicked people suffer from all these dangers, because they refuse to learn wisdom (Proverbs 4:19). They even suffer from their own evil actions. They are like a stupid hunter, who falls into his own trap (Proverbs 5:22-23).
But we can be safe from these dangers. If we are wise, then we shall not be wicked. We shall obey Solomon's advice. We shall learn about dangers and avoid them. (Proverbs 5:8).
This verse is a lesson for teachers to learn. It is also good advice for parents.
We should teach even the youngest children. We should teach them about wisdom. We should teach them to obey God's commands. And we should encourage them to trust in Jesus.
Science, languages and maths are good subjects. Art and music can teach us many skills. But these things are not the same as wisdom. The first lesson about wisdom is that we must respect God.
When our children grow older, they will remember our lessons. Lessons about God will always be valuable to our children. God's wisdom can guide our entire lives. This wisdom can protect us from danger. Also, wisdom teaches us to trust in God. So God's wisdom will teach us the way to heaven.
Solomon collected 3000 wise lessons (proverbs) (1 Kings 4:32). This section contains over 400 proverbs (Proverbs 10-22). Here, Solomon is almost at the end of his list. As he finishes his work, he repeats the main principles.
Wealthy people are powerful, because of their money. They should use their power wisely. They should be generous. They should not cause poor people to suffer. A wealthy man should care about his servants.
It is not good to owe a debt (Proverbs 6:1). We should work hard and save money. We should spend our money wisely. We should not waste it on luxuries. Then we may perhaps avoid the need for a loan.