Proverbs 22:20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
Solomon, in writing to his son, says; “Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge.” His statement is one we would do well to think over. Can it really be these words of Solomon written in the book of Proverbs are sound counsel and real knowledge to us all, or are they the writings of a father only to his son. Are they words meant for all ages, or simply historic records of a father’s wishes for his family? You will find reference to the Book of Proverbs used throughout the remainder of the Old Testament. However, is that enough to hold them as time-honored truths?
Well consider if you will that four of the writers of the New Testament also found them to be of great value and used them in their writings as well. Paul uses them in Romans 12:19-20. James used these writings in Chapter 4 verse 6 of his book. Peter quoted these time-honored texts in 1 Peter 4:8, 17 & 18 and 2 Peter 2:22. In the book of Jude, verse twelve these great words of wisdom are once again recalled. I guess most important of all, Jesus Himself used a reference to Proverbs 25:6-8 when he addressed the Pharisees in Luke 14:7-11. We have five witnesses, one of them Jesus Himself, who say these are very good words to live by indeed. We can trust them to be just what Solomon said they were; words of wisdom, knowledge, and wise counsel to live by, still today.
We shouldn’t have to prove the Word of God. Nevertheless, it’s comforting to know we that we can, and that we have as 2 Peter 1:19 says “…a more sure word of prophecy…” with which to guide our daily lives.
Is there a more certain word than that
of the words of God Himself?
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