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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel
Date Penned: (970-931 BC)
Overview: Wisdom to Teach People to Live Godly (c 1-31)
Theme: Wisdom for Young Men (c 1-9)
Message: Wisdom Gives Good Advice (v 1-36)

Proverbs 8 Commentary 

(8:1) Open Your Heart to Wisdom - Wisdom's call is contrasted with the call of the seductress in Proverbs 7. Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who guides us (8:1-13) and makes us succeed (8:14-21). Wisdom was present at the creation of the world and works with the Creator (8:22-31). God approves of those who listen to wisdom's counsel (8:32-35). Those who hate wisdom love death (8:36). Wisdom should affect every aspect of one's life, from beginning to end. Be sure to open all corners of your heart and mind to God's direction and guidance. 

(8:13) Hating Evil - The more a person fears (reveres) and respects God, the more he or she will hate evil. Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist. Harboring secret sins means that you are tolerating evil within yourself. It may seem safe for a while, but sin will ultimately strangle you. Make a clean break with sin and commit yourself completely to God. If you are not laser-focused on moving toward a deeper relationship with God, then you are actually moving away from him. 

(8:22-31)  God says that wisdom is primary and fundamental, the foundation on which all of life is built. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul and John allude to some of Solomon's statements about wisdom to describe Christ's presence at the creation of the world (Colossians 1:15-17; 2:2-3; Revelation 3:14).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Seeing Clearly

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 8. In our text today, we see the good advice that comes from Wisdom. The more we respect and fear the Lord - the more we despise and hate evil. In applying, we see the key to living a Godly life is to cling to the Lord. Many want to walk the fence today, seeing how close they can live to sin. They realize that the closer we get to sin, the more we lose our focus and tolerance for sin. We must cling to God to keep our focus and vision clear. How about you? Do you live close to sin or cling to God, staying far from sin? Let us learn from our text today to remember Wisdom's good advice by clinging to God to keep our vision and focus clear.


Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8

 1Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

 2She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

 3She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

 4Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

 5O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

 6Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

 7For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

 8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

 9They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

 10Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

 11For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

 12I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

 13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

 14Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

 15By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

 16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

 17I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

 18Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

 19My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

 20I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

 21That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

 22The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

 23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

 24When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

 25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

 26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

 27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

 28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

 29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

 30Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

 31Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

 32Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

 33Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

 34Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

 35For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

 36But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.