“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?” (Proverbs 22:17-21)
There are three prerequisites for learning truth and wisdom: First, we must humble ourselves, admitting we are ignorant. Second, we must listen to the words of the wise. And third, we must commit ourselves to what we are taught. This process guarantees learning! In this section of Proverbs, Solomon aims, through thirty sayings (22:22-24:22), to impart wise counsel and knowledge so that the heart of his listener may trust in the Lord.
Over the course of the next thirty posts, well examine these sayings one-by-one so that they may be in our hearts and ready on our lips. To God be glory.
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