When I was growing up at my grandfather’s church, we would read a chapter of Proverbs every day during the month of January. I haven’t done it in ages. I decided that I would this year. I may read different translations throughout the month. I opened the King James version and was like naaaaah, even though that’s what I normally read. Proverbs is a lot so I wanna dig in more via a more simple translation.
The Message *Summary of The Message (MSG) version*
1-6: The wise sayings of King Solomon were written to help us live and understand life, to learn what is right, just and fair. These proverbs exist to teach the inexperienced and give the young an understanding of reality. Solomon didn’t leave the seasoned people out-there are things for them to learn.
7: The absolute truth is written here-start with God because the first step in learning is bowing down to God.
8-19: We should pay attention to what we were told by our father and what we learned from our mother, wearing the lessons like flowers in our hair or rings on our fingers. We should not be tempted by bad companions.
20-21: Wisdom appears publicly and makes her presence known.
22-24: Wisdom asks how long we will be ignorant and refuse to learn. Wisdom tells us she can revise our lives, she is ready to pour her spirit on us, ready to tell us all she knows. We turn a deaf ear and ignore her though she has reached out.
25-28: Because we laugh at her counsel, and make a joke of her advice, she cannot take us seriously. Wisdom will make a joke of our troubles. Wisdom asks what happens if we end up in trouble, we will need her, we will call her, but we should not expect an answer. Despite how hard we look, we won’t find her.
29-33: Because we hated knowledge and did not have anything to do with the fear of God, wouldn’t take her advice, and brushed aside her offers to train us, we have to lie in the bed we made. Carelessness kills, complacency is murder. Pay attention to wisdom then relax. We can take it easy because we are in good hands.