Blogging in Proverbs: Proverbs 1:15-19

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 in Proverbs, Scripture

Pro 1:15 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,
Pro 1:16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
Pro 1:17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,
Pro 1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.
Pro 1:19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

1. The proverbs often speak about “paths.” John Bunyan picks up on this theme in his popular work, The Pilgrim’s Progress. When we look at the Scriptures, how many “paths” are there really? See Psalm 1; 16:11; 27:11; 49:13; 119:35,105; 142:3.

2. The idea of “paths” and/or “ways” is prominent in the Proverbs. Use a concordance or bible search to find all of the verses in Proverbs. Read and jot them down. Again, how many “paths” are there really?

3. How might these “paths” compare to what is often called “worldview”? What is a “worldview”? How many “worldviews” are there really? Consider the following:

In the symbolic world Genesis gives its readers, people are either seed of the serpent, on the side of the snake in the garden, or seed of the woman, on the side of God and trusting in his promises.

James M. Hamilton Jr., God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment (Kindle Locations 1715-1716). Kindle Edition.

4. The temptation of the wicked begins with “Come with us” (v. 11). The warning is, “Do not walk in the way with them” (v. 15). How might we obey this? How did Jesus obey this? See Matthew 4:1-11. See further Psalm 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Samuel 11:1.

5. Compare Genesis 39:7-12 and Mark 14:54, 71. How is Joseph’s response different that Peter’s? What was the result for both men? Who obeyed “Do not walk in the way with them”?

Every step on Satan’s ground deprives us of the security of the promises of God. Often has ruin followed by not refraining from the first step… There is not a sin, that the highest saint of God may not commit, if trusting in himself. [Charles Bridges, Proverbs, p. 7]

6. The remaining verses describe the pursuit of the “greedy.” Use a commentary or dictionary to help in understanding verses 16-18.

7. Finally, what is “greed”? What other verses can you find that address “greed”? How did Jesus address it? See Matthew 23:25. Consider James 4:1-4.

8. What is the outcome for the “greedy” person? Is this always true? Jonathan Akin notes the following concerning the Proverbs:

The proverbs are promises. The proverbs will always come true. You can bank on them. We need to understand this about the proverbs. Proverbs are promises that generally come true now but always come true later. They are generally true in this life, but they are absolutely true in the life to come. Eventually these will come true even if they don’t come true immediately. Jonathan Akin, Exalting Jesus in Proverbs (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), Kindle Edition.

Akin credits Bruce Waltke on Proverbs as promises in The Book of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15, pp. 107-109

Proverbs are “generally true in this life.” Keep this in mind as we continue through the way of Wisdom! Have a blessed weekend.

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