Solomon, the wisest king of all, recognized that true wisdom humbly looks to God. Are you wise?

BibleGateway: Proverbs 1:1-7

ESV Text: Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 1:1–7 (Listen)

The Beginning of Knowledge

1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:


  To know wisdom and instruction,
    to understand words of insight,
  to receive instruction in wise dealing,
    in righteousness, justice, and equity;
  to give prudence to the simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the youth—
  Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
    and the one who understands obtain guidance,
  to understand a proverb and a saying,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.


  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

     7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 355:
Thou Art the Way; To Thee Alone

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Thou art the Way; to Thee alone 
From sin and death we flee; 
And he who would the Father seek 
Must seek Him, Lord, by Thee. 

2. Thou art the Truth; Thy Word alone 
True wisdom can impart; 
Thou only canst inform the mind 
And purify the heart. 

3. Thou art the Life; the rending tomb 
Proclaims Thy conquering arm; 
And those who put their trust in Thee 
Nor death nor hell shall harm. 

4. Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life; 
Grant us that Way to know, 
That Truth to keep, that Life to win, 
Whose joys eternal flow. 


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Our gracious God not only forgives our transgressions, but cares for us in this life too. O give thanks!

BibleGateway: Psalm 65

ESV Text: Psalm 65

Psalm 65 (Listen)

O God of Our Salvation

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.


65:1   Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion,
    and to you shall vows be performed.
  O you who hear prayer,
    to you shall all flesh come.
  When iniquities prevail against me,
    you atone for our transgressions.
  Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
    to dwell in your courts!
  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
    the holiness of your temple!


  By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
    O God of our salvation,
  the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas;
  the one who by his strength established the mountains,
    being girded with might;
  who stills the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    the tumult of the peoples,
  so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
  You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.


  You visit the earth and water it;2
    you greatly enrich it;
  the river of God is full of water;
    you provide their grain,
    for so you have prepared it.
10   You water its furrows abundantly,
    settling its ridges,
  softening it with showers,
    and blessing its growth.
11   You crown the year with your bounty;
    your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
12   The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
    the hills gird themselves with joy,
13   the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
    the valleys deck themselves with grain,
    they shout and sing together for joy.

Footnotes

[1] 65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence

[2] 65:9 Or and make it overflow

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 65:

     1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. 3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. 5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

     6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. 8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. 9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 567:
O Lord, Whose Bounteous Hand Again

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Lord, whose bounteous hand again 
Hath poured Thy gifts in plenty down, 
Who all, creation dost sustain 
And all the earth with goodness crown, 
Lord of the harvest, here we own 
Our joy to be Thy gift alone. 

2. Oh, may we ne’er with thankless heart 
Forget from whom our blessings flow! 
Still, Lord, Thy heavenly.grace impart; 
Still teach us what to Thee we owe. 
Lord, may our lives with fruit divine 
Return Thy care and prove us Thine. 

3. Lord, grant that we who sow to Thee 
With joy in endless life may reap. 
Of every heart the Guardian be; 
By day and night Thy servants keep 
That all to Thee may joy afford 
On Thy great harvest-day, O Lord.