Hebrew Wisdom: Parallels for a Godly and
This paper was prepared for Bible 105-C18,
Taught by: Jason Mitchell
The Hebrew teachings of practical wisdom are found throughout Scripture. Scripture verses in the book of Proverbs contain practical truths by which people can balance their lives on as a foundation for living a purposeful and fulfilled life. True wisdom comes from balancing your life on a foundation built on God. “In ancient society the ability to make wise decisions in all of life’s practical matters was highly esteemed,” according to Hindson &Yates within ...view middle of the document...
259). To be a “fool” is to live in the follies of life. Folly means to lack understanding, or acts of foolishness.
While we go through life here on Earth, we can live a life that embraces God’s creation in all its beauty, or we can waste it away. Most would agree if we work hard, then we have the ability to obtain precious things; however, if we live life lethargically, we shall achieve nothing including memories. Proverbs 10:16 (NKJV) states, “The labour of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked lead to sin.” The concept of diligence verses laziness is shared with righteousness representing true wisdom and sin being folly, for it is foolish to live without God. If these are analyzed and not just memorized, true wisdom can be found in the interpretations that both correspond and contrast within the parallels of the Proverbs Scripture. “He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4, AMP). Through hard work more than monetary value is gained; however, working hard alone is not enough for a godly life.
Being wise and working hard if taken out of context, can lead to laziness or folly, acting foolishly. God also warns us regarding wealth, in which pride can inadvertently grow from. Proverbs 29:7, (NKJV) “Treasure of the wickedness profit nothing. But righteousness delivers from death.” A person of great money and status is nothing in the eyes of God, they cannot buy you salvation. You can work your life away and remain empty in side without God’s direction on how to allocate your money and your life.
To go throughout life making foolish decisions will often result in a life that is empty and meaningless. King Solomon was the wealthiest man in his time. He had treasures, sheep, and all the material goods he desired. However, he chose pagan wives;...