Is money as good as Wisdom?

Proverbs chapter 3

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
       and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
       as a father the son he delights in.

13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
       the man who gains understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver
       and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;
       nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand;
       in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
       and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
       those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
       who lives trustfully near you.

30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—
       when he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a violent man
       or choose any of his ways,

32 for the LORD detests a perverse man
       but takes the upright into his confidence.

Now let's look at verses 29-32 above.

What does the Lord hate in verse 32? an evil (perverse) man

Now look at 1 Tim 1:15.  What did Paul say about Jesus and himself? “Jesus came into the world to save evil people.”  I was the worst!’

Did Paul get his life turned around? Yes The worst became the best. Can this happen to you?

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What does the word privilege mean? a special right or benefit enjoyed

Where does white privilege exist?  job interviews, resumes, bank loan, better odds to succeed.

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Write the title of the lesson across the top line.

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Verses 14-15

These verses compare Wisdom to valuable objects.  She is worth more than precious stones.  Her value is more than silver or gold. 

How much interest do you get from a bank account? 3 to 4 %per year.   So if you invest $100.00 in a bank for a year you get $3 or $4 income from that $100.00 for the year.

You can put your money in a bank.  The bank will pay you an income.  However, the bank is not as good as Wisdom.  If you give your life to Wisdom, she will pay more than any bank.  No bank can make your life longer.  But Wisdom can give a long life. 

What does wisdom promise you in v. 16? long life, riches and honor

Can a bank fulfill the promises of verse 16? No

No bank can promise you a place in heaven.  But wisdom can promise this.  No bank can make you right with God.  Wisdom can do this.

Verse 18

The happiness that wisdom brings is not just an emotion.  This is the same happiness that Jesus describes in Matthew 5:3-12.  When God forgives our evil actions, we receive his joy in our spirits.

Verse 31

People like to follow a leader.  They might copy a film star.  They might act like their teacher.  They could behave like their ruler.

We must be careful if we choose a model.  If we copy an evil person, then we shall become evil.  Even a holy person makes mistakes and could lead us in the wrong way.

Verse 32

God has both friends and enemies.  If we are evil, God hates us as enemies.  This is because he hates our evil actions.  However, God wants evil people to change their lives.  God has great love, even for his enemies.  This is why he sent Jesus.  ‘Remember this!  “Jesus came into the world to save evil people.”  I was the worst!’  (1 Timothy 1:15.  Paul wrote this passage.)

Honest people are God’s friends.  We can all become honest.  First, we must trust in Jesus.  Jesus’ death takes away the punishment for our evil actions.  Then God forgives us.  He makes us his friends.  Now we must learn more.  God will teach us.  He will use the Bible to teach us.  He will also use other people.  We should live God’s way.  We should try to be honest.  God will help us.

Formerly, we opposed God.  We were his enemies.  But when we trusted God, God forgave us.  We became God’s friends.  We are now God’s own people.  See Ephesians 3:11-22.


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19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,
       by understanding he set the heavens in place;

20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
       and the clouds let drop the dew.

Verse 19-20

We all need wisdom.  Even God used his wisdom to make the world.

This paragraph is similar to John 1:1-3.  ‘In the beginning was the word.  The word was with God.  The word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  God made everything by his word.  He made nothing without the word.’

John explains that ‘the word’ means Jesus.  Jesus was always with God, because Jesus is God.

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
       do not let them out of your sight;

22 they will be life for you,
       an ornament to grace your neck.

Verse 22

True beauty

Verse 22 reminds us of verse 3.  Verse 3 tells us to wear love about our necks.  In many countries, women display their beautiful objects.  They wear gold, silver and precious stones on chains about their necks.

Verse 22 encourages us.  There are plenty of beautiful things for us.  Right decisions, love and wisdom are all beautiful things.  They are better than any precious stone.

Gold and silver may be beautiful.  Wisdom is more beautiful than any valuable objects.

23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
       and your foot will not stumble;

24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
       when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
       or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the LORD will be your confidence
       and will keep your foot from being snared.

Verses 23-26

This is another passage that compares life with a journey.  This passage teaches us that God will protect us.  We have nothing to fear.  Many Psalms teach a similar lesson.  See Psalm 121, Psalm 46:1, and Psalm 62:2.

Verse 24 gives us special comfort.  We cannot protect ourselves at night.  In the dark, there are many dangers.  Many people struggle to sleep.  We should trust in God.  He can keep us safe.  He can protect us.  ‘You do not benefit if you wake early.  You do not need to work at night for your food.  God gives sleep to the people whom he loves.’  (Psalm 127:3)

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
       when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor,
       "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"—
       when you now have it with you.

Verses 27-28

Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself!’  (Mark 12:31)  In Luke 10:30-37, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).  A Samaritan was a person from a nation that the people from Jerusalem disliked (John 4:9).  Jesus told his story to explain the word ‘neighbor’.  In the story, a Samaritan rescued a man from Jerusalem.  The Samaritan cared, because this man needed help.  So, Jesus argued, this other man was the Samaritan’s neighbor  We should do the same.  We should care about everyone whom God sends to us.

Jesus discussed this subject again in Matthew 5:43-48.  ‘You have heard the words: “Love your neighbor  Hate your enemy.”  I am telling you to love your enemies.  Pray for anyone who attacks you.’  (Matthew 5:43-44)  The people in Jesus’ time thought that they should hate their enemies.  But the Bible does not tell us to hate our enemies.  In fact, Jesus said that we should love our enemies.

Jesus even prayed for the people who killed him.  ‘Father, forgive them!  They do not know what they are doing.’  (Luke 23:34)



33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
       but he blesses the home of the righteous.

34 He mocks proud mockers
       but gives grace to the humble.

35 The wise inherit honor,
       but fools he holds up to shame.

Verses 33-35

God deals with different people differently.

Verse 33

God will do good things for us if we obey him.  He is kind to us, and he is kind to our homes too.  The word ‘home’ shows that God will help our families also.

Contrast this with the evil man.  God curses both the evil man, and those who live in the evil man’s house.  The evil man’s family suffer, because of his evil actions.

Since Jesus died, this has changed.  Each person must trust God for himself or herself.  ‘Then these words will become untrue:  “The fathers ate sour fruit, and the children have a sour taste in their mouths!”  Instead, everyone will die because of his own wrong actions.  Whoever eats sour fruit will taste it for himself.’  (Jeremiah 31:29-30)

Verse 34

The time for judgment is coming.  God will be our judge.

We should serve God, and we should be humble.  We must not be proud.  When God is our judge, he will show us kindness and love.

Some people are proud.  They insult other people.  They must turn from their evil behavior.  Then God will forgive them.  If they refuse God’s love, God will punish them.

God loves us, although we do not deserve his love.  He offers his kindness to everyone.  We must be humble to receive it.  If we trust in ourselves, we cannot receive his love.  Nobody will go to heaven because they deserve it.  We have all done wrong things.  We all deserve God’s punishment.  This is why God sent Jesus.  Jesus did not deserve God’s punishment.  Jesus suffered the punishment that we deserve.  If we turn to God, he will forgive us.  He saves us, because he is kind.

This verse, Proverbs 3:34, is an important Bible verse.  Both James and Peter used this verse in their own books.  See James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:6.

OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing