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Proverbs 24:23-34  — Appendix to Words of the Wise

Proverbs 24:23-34 — Appendix to Words of the Wise

(:23a)  STRUCTURAL TRANSITION “These also are sayings of the wise.” Paul Koptak: A new section begins with the title, “These also are sayings of the wise.” It is distinct from the “sayings of the wise” (22:17 – 24:22) in what it lacks: There is no father’s address to...
Proverbs 21:1-31  — Miscellaneous Proverbs

Proverbs 21:1-31 — Miscellaneous Proverbs

Verse 1 – Divine Sovereignty (over even the King) “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Richard Clifford: It takes great skill and power to direct water, whether it is confining the cosmic waters at...
Proverbs 17:1-28  — Fools and Evildoers

Proverbs 17:1-28 — Fools and Evildoers

Paul Koptak: Running through a melange of sayings about families (households) and larger communities are the twin themes of strife and unity. Proverbs about speech habits like gossip and quarreling are intertwined with proverbs about handling money (bribes and...
Proverbs 16:16-33  — Pursue Wisdom and Sweet Speech

Proverbs 16:16-33 — Pursue Wisdom and Sweet Speech

I.  (:16-19) MOTIVATIONS FOR ACQUIRING WISDOM – WISDOM BETTER THAN GOLD Lindsay Wilson: The distinctive teaching of these proverbs is about the folly of pride (vv. 18–19), which seems connected to the pursuit of wealth (šālāl, spoil or plunder, v. 19b) but which is...
Proverbs 16:1-15  —  YAHWEH Sayings and Royal Sayings

Proverbs 16:1-15 — YAHWEH Sayings and Royal Sayings

I.  (:1-9) YAHWEH SAYINGS – EMPHASIZING DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY Paul Koptak: This outline points up an example of dove-tailing: Verses 1–9 include one non-Yahweh proverb about riches and “injustice” (loʾ mišpaṭ, v. 8), while verses 10–15 have one nonroyal proverb about...
2024 Baltimore Ravens Draft Analysis

2024 Baltimore Ravens Draft Analysis

Approach:  This will not be a critique of the decisons made by the Ravens.  Instead, it will be a rose-colored after-the-fact look of how I wish the Ravens had drafted, given how the board ended up falling.  So this is not a fair analysis, but it is a fun exercise of...
Proverbs 14:8-15  — Prudent vs. the Foolish

Proverbs 14:8-15 — Prudent vs. the Foolish

I.  (:8) WISDOM OF THE PRUDENT VS. FOLLY OF FOOLS A.  Wisdom of the Prudent = Understanding “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,” George Mylne: We are travelers to eternity and our wisdom lies in knowing the way which leads to that world of unending...
Proverbs 14:1-7  — Walking in Wisdom

Proverbs 14:1-7 — Walking in Wisdom

Caleb Nelson: Walk in Wisdom Proposition: To walk in wisdom, be sure to protect yourself, enrich yourself, and to look who’s talking. I.  Protect Yourself, vv. 1-3 A.  Through Wisdom, v. 1 B.  Through Uprightness and the Fear of Yahweh, v. 2 C.  Through Wise Lips, v....