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Proverbs Study Day 2

Updated on August 15, 2009
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Last time we met we began the journey of discovering the large and wealthy book of Proverbs. We started out looking at verse 2 in chapter 1 by examining the definitions of the words wisdom, discipline, and insight. Today, let’s go onto the next verse that expounds further on why we should study Proverbs and gain wisdom.

Proverbs 1:3

For acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,

Doing what is right and just and fair (NIV)

Understanding the Words

I want to again visit the definition of the words used in this verse. (Please be patient with exploring the definitions of words. I’ve found many times that someone will totally miss the point of something because the words were not clearly understood.)

Webster says:

Disciplined – marked by or possessing discipline (training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character)

Prudent – marked by wisdom

The other day I was told by a woman who works with children at church and at school that she was very impressed with my children. She said that they were so polite and were always looking out for those who need help. You don’t find many kids that act like that. I’m not saying all this to brag about my children (though I am VERY proud), but I’ve been told that many times by various people over the years. One of the reasons I feel is that I’m always stressing to them moral character. Unfortunately, one way I do that is by using adults as examples and showing them how NOT to act. The media and our “role-models” are not exactly shining examples of discipline, moral character, and prudence. Doing what is right and fair become the exception instead of the norm.

We are in a society in which being different or standing out by doing the “odd” thing really appeals to people. But it seems that the common thing to do is act foolishly and to show no discipline in any areas of our lives (drunken parties, lack of clothing, abuse, and so on). The papers and the internet are teaming with the exploits of the musicians, athletes, and actors that our children are watching and paying attention to. No wonder that we are surprised when we see people act with character and wisdom. And how sad for us all.

We should always strive for a moral and upright life. Now, let’s not take this as though I’m saying that everyone should join a convent or priesthood. This goes back to truly understanding the meaning of the words used in the verse. Being prudent does not mean that you wear clothes that cover every square inch of your body or never look at a person in case you sin. The definition means that a prudent person is one that is wise and you can see evidence of that wisdom in their lives.

Take a few moments and think of all the people you have known over the years that you would say show wisdom, that are prudent. Get a notebook that you can use throughout this meditation and write down those names. I’ll be honest with you. I had trouble thinking of more than two people. Two people in all my …….. years (alright, almost 40 years). I felt so bad. I thought that I was forgetting some worthy soul. Months have gone by and the list has not grown. How many did you get? If you have an extremely short list, too, sleep on it for a few days and revisit it.

What does this meditation on these words tell you? Does it tell you that there is something seriously missing in our society and in our personal lives? Do you feel an urge to have your name rightly placed on someone’s list? Let’s make those lists together.

Other Studies

Here are the other Proverbs Study

Proverbs Day 1

Proverbs Day 3


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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Denny, thanks for stopping by. The urge to study Proverbs has been so strong over the years and mainly because of the destructive people. I was afraid of turning into them and I was on the way. That scared me. I'm determined not to be and to become one with at least an ounce of wisdom. Thanks. :)

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      I'm so glad to see you doing this kind of hub!  Proverbs is such a rich place to live! 

      Wisdom has always been my favorite subject.  And, yes, there is little of it in society; it has always been that way.  If we as a generation don't teach Wisdom, then people don't act wisely.  People who follow Wisdom will always be in the minority.  Wisdom is a large subject that takes decades to learn well. 

      I've been well blessed to know of many in my life who chose Wisdom.  I've also known vicious, destructive and foolish people, the antithesis of Wisdom.  Such is life. 

      Keep your entire focus upon Jesus/God/Holy Spirit and you don't fall down into sadness or depression.  You learn to accept whatever is life around you - with the full confidence God is fully aware and will be doing a course correction in His perfect timing.  Keep your joy!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Eddie and eswar, so sorry it took me so long to get back. I'm so glad that you got something out of this study.

      Lgali, thanks for stopping by.

      Dottie, this was hard wasn't it? I feel your pain. I feel it often. Though now that I'm really far into my study, I'm feeling so much better as I'm growing as a person and hoping to fill that void for someone else. I want the cycle to stop and a new generation of wise one come on the scene.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      nicely written hub

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      This study hit me like a heap of hot potatoes to the point where I felt hurt and sad. This emotion particularly started when you said "Take a few moments and think of all the people, etc. etc. etc. And like you RGraf I had trouble thinking of who to put on my list. I need meditating and thinking on this one. Thank you for todays study!

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      eswar 9 years ago from India

      Yes you are right, the society is not missing something but it is missing the very important life of lively hood, and i sincierly feel urge, and started to do it. Rest all leave it to the Allmighty.

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      Eddie Perkins 9 years ago

      Very good. Thank you for directing me to Day 2 study.  You are so right. We can learn from those who are bad examples and those who are good examples.  But there is still only one perfect example.

      Blessings ~ eddie