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Bread Of Wickedness, Wine Of Violence 4:10-17

Bread Of Wickedness, Wine Of Violence
Proverbs 4:10-17

10
Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17
They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

PCdc Commentary

Here is another strong exhortation to avoid the Wicked and the Evildoer.
They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
These guys can’t even sleep until they make someone stumble.

Why should you avoid them?
So the years of your life will be many.

Getting Wisdom Is The Beginning Of Wisdom 4:1-9

Getting Wisdom Is The Beginning Of Wisdom
Proverbs 4:1-9

1
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9
She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

PCdc Commentary

Proverbs 4:7a
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.

LEARNING results from gathering information.
UNDERSTANDING results of applying what is learned.
WISDOM results from applying morality to understanding.

Learning
My neighbor has no food.

Understanding
My neighbor is hungry.

Wisdom
I should give some food to my neighbor.

Obey Your Father And Live 4:3-4

Obey Your Father And Live
Proverbs 4:3-4

3
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.”

PCdc Commentary

Mention Ozzie and Harriet,
and you are laughed out of the room.
Maybe O&H never existed,
but it remains a decent and attainable lifestyle.

If you do not have a father,
or if your father has failed you,
your Heavenly Father
reaches out to embrace you.