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Proverbs 4: The Principal Thing

Monday, July 01, 2019


PROVERBS 4 – The Principal Thing

“Wisdom is the principal thing” (Prov. 4:7). Every man’s life is defined by what they prioritize. The wise man makes wisdom the principal or first thing in his quest to see things from God’s viewpoint.

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord [is]” (Eph. 5:17).

Wisdom, therefore, preserves us from making bad and foolish choices without having to experience them. “Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you” (Prov. 4:6). It also works to our promotion, “Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring honor, when you embrace her” (Prov. 4:8). To forsake wisdom is to not love wisdom.


  1. The definition of a Bible “hearer” (4:1). The wise man hears in giving attention to know and understand.
  2. The definition of being “taught” (4:4). Solomon was “taught” by David when his heart retained David’s words and he kept his father’s commandments. The forgetful hearer cannot be taught well by wisdom (4:5). This is not because of any flaw of the teacher, necessarily, but because of the listener’s failure to retain.
    1. James 1:25, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [in it], and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
    2. To retain teaching is to actively reproduce it in our lives (see also Jas. 1:22ff).
  3. The commission to utterly abandon the pathway of evil (4:14-19). Notice the energies in avoiding this pathway parallel the same level of intensity of getting wisdom and understanding (see 4:5, 6).
    1. 1 Timothy 6: 11, 12: “But you, O man of God, __________ these things and __________ righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. __________ the good __________ of faith, __________ _________ on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
    2. 2 Timothy 2:22, 23: “__________ also youthful lusts; but __________ righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But __________ foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.”
  4. The source for all of life’s endeavors—the heart (4: 23). Since the issues of life spring from the heart, the heart must be trained and well protected.



A. What do good parents give their children and how do they impart this (Prov. 4:2, 10, 11)?


B. If wisdom is the principal thing to gain in life, and if wisdom means to gain God’s outlook or perspective on things, what should my attitude be toward these things:

The question, “What is good for me?” See 1 Corinthians 10:31. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

The question of, “How often must I assemble with the Saints?” See Hebrews 10:25. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

My participation with drugs, dancing, smoking, viewing pornographic material, profanity, sexual immorality, etc. (1 Thess. 5:21-23; 1 Cor. 6:20; Matt. 5:28)?


C. Read Proverbs 4:23-27. What influence does the heart have on:

The mouth (4:24; cf. Matt. 12:34-37; Jas. 1:26)?

The eyes (Prov. 4:25; cf. Matt. 6:22, 23; 2 Pet. 2:14)? _________________________________________________________________________________________________

The feet (Prov. 4:26; cf. Psa. 119:59; Heb. 12:13)? __________________________________________________________________________________________________


Proverbs chapter four works with very active language in describing a man’s direction or walk in life. By wisdom his walk is not hindered and when he runs he will not stumble (4:12).  The chapter could be divided up as:

  1. The preservation and promotion of wisdom (4:1-13).
  2. The destructive path of sinners (4:14-19).
  3. The wellspring of life (4:20-27).

—Steven J. Wallace

Proverbs 3: Trust In The Lord

Monday, June 03, 2019


PROVERBS 3 – Trust In The Lord

Proverbs chapter three demonstrates the fear of the Lord is connected with practical trust in the Lord. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). As an outline for a sermon, Solomon defines trust in the Lord as:

  1. Regarding the law (3:1, 2).
  2. Wearing mercy and truth (3:3, 4).
  3. Not devising your own ways but learning His ways (3:5, 6).
  4. Possessing Humility and departing from evil (3:7, 8).
  5. Honoring the Lord with your prosperity (3:9, 10).
  6. Never despising God’s fatherly correction (3:11, 12).

In the last article, we saw how Proverbs teaches by consequences as well as synonymous parallelism. Chapter three is filled with “consequential teaching” where doing action “a” results in reaping “b.” For example, not forgetting and keeping my law proverbially results in the length of days and peace (3:1, 2). Again, wearing mercy and truth around your neck and inscribing these qualities on the tablet of your heart results in finding favor with God and man (3:3, 4).

How important is it to love and be courteous to the Lord and to people in general?

  • Notice how Paul employed the wisdom of this proverb in Romans 14:15-19.
  • “And be ____________ to one another, ____________, ____________ one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).


A. Find and list more examples of consequential teaching in Proverbs 3. What is commanded and what is the prospective reward?


B. List the Rewards of Wisdom (Prov. 3:13-18).


C. What advice is given regarding the treatment of others (Prov. 3:27-32).


Practical Self Applications:

  1. What do I do to acknowledge God in all my ways so that He will direct my steps (Prov. 3:6)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. How would pride and an over inflated view of self-worth hamper the relationship we are to have with God and men (Prov. 3:7)? First look in Proverbs 3 for answers. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. How can I honor the Lord with my prosperity (Prov. 3:9)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. What are some ways I could despise the correction of the Lord today (Prov. 3:11, 12)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. How might I withhold good from those to whom it is due (Prov. 3:27, 28; cf. Rom. 13:7; Gal. 6:10)? Who makes it my “due” to give good anyway? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Proverbs chapter three has many practical applications for godly living. Read it carefully and frequently this month.

You could divide the chapter up into two main sections:

  1. Do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:1-12).
  2. Wisdom is better than earthly riches to find and promote peace and happiness (Prov. 3:13-35).

—Steven J. Wallace

Proverbs 2: The Storehouse

Saturday, May 04, 2019

PROVERBS 2 – The Storehouse

The previous lesson noted that Proverbs is a book that makes a pronounced difference between two kinds of people and two walks of life: the foolish and the wise. Proverbs 1:7 contains the keynote of the book, “The fear of the Lord” and underscores the fundamental division between the wise man and the fool. One fears the Lord while the other despises wisdom and instruction. One is walking in God’s creation with a view toward God’s instruction. The fool, however, lives in a world which he did not create and in which he cannot control, yet he rages on in self-confidence governed by a delusional belief that he is fully capable to charter his own course in life without any belief of God much less without any instruction from God. One boasts in God’s wisdom while the other is wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs chapter two extends the application of “the fear of the Lord.” It answers, “How and where wisdom ought to be deposited.” The storehouse of wisdom is the heart. Although God “stores up sound wisdom for the upright,” one must reach out and take these things into the heart. Recall: “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul…” (2:10).

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Points In Proverbs

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Greetings Bible Recall List! We have some new members since we finished a year of memorization exercises on the New Testament. I want to welcome you! The memory verses are found here: The lessons on the memory verses are found on our blog page here:

Brother Kyle Hammock preached on spiritual growth yesterday (March 31, 2019). As a small part of that journey in spiritual growth, I am resuming Bible Recall in a new direction—THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.

On the first Monday of the month, I will send out a lesson from Proverbs. We will begin with Proverbs 1 for April. I would encourage you to consider five exercises:

  • Carefully read the chapter of the month. You might want to read it several times throughout the month.
  • Read the article.
  • Choose a verse or set of verses in the chapter to memorize for that month. A good suggestion from a young member in Washington State is to partner up with someone to hold each other accountable in choosing a passage to memorize it. Use our suggestions on memorization helps found here:!topic/biblerecall/TgMvHCzBMxE
  • Find ways to apply the wisdom from Proverbs in your own life.
  • Share the wisdom in Proverbs with another person. Encourage others to join the list. Relate any lessons that you have learned or benefit from as it pertains to the Scripture assignment. (Today it is easier than ever to share information with email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. But also a good ole fashion letter mailed or verbal conversation has its own peculiar benefit too!) These lessons can also be used for family bible study time.

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Revelation Recall

Monday, January 29, 2018

Revelation Recall Verses

Here are the verses from the book of Revelation that were submitted to me. Thanks for the participation!

Nick Wallace (2:10)
I vote for Revelation 2:10. The verse ends by saying, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life,” making it a suitable verse to end this session of Bible Recall.

Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Buddy Long (3:11):
Revelation 3:11,
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

I find this verse very encouraging due to the fact that Jesus says that He is coming back and quickly. It also encourages me to stay the course of righteousness.

Jim Hammock (22:18, 19 or 21:4):
As a warning, a good passage to memorize is Rev. 22:18-19.  But on a positive note, 21:4 is very good.

Revelation 22:18, 19,
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Note: It is interesting to me that passages from the beginning and the end of the book were selected. These words encourage all readers who follow Christ to “overcome.” No goal is more important; no victory has more at stake; no quest requires more daily resolve to meet this world with all its distractions than the resolve to overcome what Revelation calls each of us to do. Selfish pride, intimidation, self-will, and self-deceiving lusts always oppose our end goal.

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