Proverbs 22:18-21 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
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.
Are the words of Solomon that are written in the book of Proverbs really that of sound counsel and real knowledge to us all? Or are they simply the writings of a father only to his son. Are they actually words which are meant for all ages, or simply the written historical record of a father’s wishes for his family? Interestingly enough, 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 says 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 as wise counsel to live by, even today.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
We should not ever have to prove the Word of God. Nevertheless, it’s comforting to know we can, and that we have sure words with which to guide our daily lives.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Daniel 8 – 12 / Proverbs 22:18-21
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Pro. 14-15 / 2 Co. 1
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