OT BOOKS - Proverbs This is a collection of proverbs that...

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Proverbs This is a collection of proverbs that are attributed to King Solomon. There are other authors that are supposedly unnamed as well. Here are some themes and lessons that I thought were covered in the book: Honesty, integrity, diligence, kindness, generosity, readiness to forgive, truthfulness, patience, humility, cheerfulness, loyalty, temperance, self-control and the prudent consideration of consequences that flow from attitudes, choices and/or actions. Anger should be held in check, violence and quarrelsomeness shunned, gossip avoided, arrogance repudiated. Drunkenness, gluttony, envy and greed should all be renounced. The poor are not to be exploited, the courts are not to be unjustly manipulated, legitimate authorities are to be honored. Parents should care for the proper instruction and discipline of their children, and children should duly honor their parents and bring no disgrace on them. Human observation and experience have taught the wise that a certain order is in place in God’s creation. To honor it leads to known positive effects; to defy it leads only to unhappy consequences. All of life should be lived in conscious awareness of the unfailing scrutiny of the Lord of creation and in reliance on his generous providence. We also talked about how life ought to be with God in his proper place. And the response that humans ought to make in the midst of temptation and trial. We talked about how God is a good and sovereign god. He has revealed his expectations to people who should live blameless/upright lives. They should fear God. They should also shun the folly that people of the world participate in. We see many times in this book as well as other the theme of fearing the Lord. This is a state of living in reverence. And knowing that he is a priority in our life. This book also points out the
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terms evil, wicked, iniquity, and fool. And shows the characteristics of each in this world. The characteristics of wisdom we covered were that a. It is practical. b. It has its limits. c. It is both a human pursuit and a divine gift. d. Wisdom is the object of constant reflection; the wise seem to be engaged in a constant internal dialogue, relating the reality of God’s awesome existence with the realities of their experience of life. My personal application for this book is different from the other I read. It is always important to have the write intentions when reading the bible. You must listen and be open to what the scripture says. You can’t go in and try and find what you want to hear. However, when I read about this book it always seems to have the effect of making me examine my own life to see if I am living a morally sound life. I’ll be honest; I am not the smartest person in the world, so it is good for me to go and consult the words of the wise. It offers a new perspective on how to look at the many different aspects in life. And some
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course ACCOUNTING 386 taught by Professor Collins during the Spring '08 term at York NE.

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