I love grammar.
Yes – I admit, I am one of those annoying people who silently in my head correct people’s grammar. No one is safe: movie stars, radio personalities, talk-show hosts. They’re all victims of my annoying habit.
I also love lists. They are all over my house: on my make-shift desk (also known as a piano), the fridge, written on my kitchen tiles – they are everywhere.
And Proverbs is the perfect marriage of lovely grammar and lists. Yes, its true!
Look at Proverbs 2:
My son, if (What an important word! You can’t claim God’s promises without fulfilling His commands!)
1. You receive my words,
2. And treasure my commands within you,
3. So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
4. And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if (That if again!)
1. you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
1. You seek her as silver,
2. And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then (and only then!!!)
1. you will understand the fear of the Lord,
2. And find the knowledge of God.
1. For the Lord gives wisdom;
2. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
3. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
4. He guards the paths of justice,
5. And preserves the way of His saints.
6. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
1. wisdom enters your heart,
2. And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
>>>>Here’s what will happen!<<<<
1. Discretion will preserve you;
2. Understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things, From those who leave the paths of uprightness
3. To walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths;
4. To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—
5. So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.
1. the upright will dwell in the land,
2. And the blameless will remain in it;
3. But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
4. And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
Do you see those lovely key words and lists? Proverbs is filled with them.
I can’t wait to continue marking up my Bible by underlining, circling and marking these instructions that lead to wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.