A truly wise person puts the Lord first in his heart.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 9:1-10

ESV Text: Proverbs 9:1-10

Proverbs 9:1–10 (Listen)

The Way of Wisdom


9:1   Wisdom has built her house;
    she has hewn her seven pillars.
  She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
  She has sent out her young women to call
    from the highest places in the town,
  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
    To him who lacks sense she says,
  “Come, eat of my bread
    and drink of the wine I have mixed.
  Leave your simple ways,1 and live,
    and walk in the way of insight.”


  Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
    and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
    reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
  Give instruction2 to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
    teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Footnotes

[1] 9:6 Or Leave the company of the simple

[2] 9:9 Hebrew lacks instruction

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:7

     1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 366 (LSB 536):
One Thing’s Needful

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. One thing’s needful; Lord this treasure 
Teach me highly to regard; 
All else, though it first give pleasure, 
Is a yoke that presses hard. 
Beneath it the heart is still fretting and striving, 
No true, lasting happiness ever deriving. 
The gain of this one thing all loss can requite 
And teach me in all things to find true delight. 

2. Wilt thou find this one thing needful, 
Turn from all created things 
Unto Jesus and be heedful 
Of the blessed joy He brings. 
For where God and Man both in one are united, 
With God’s perfect fulness the heart is delighted; 
There, there is the worthiest lot and the best, 
My One and my All and my Joy and my Rest. 

3. How were Mary’s thoughts devoted, 
Her eternal joy to find 
As intent each word she noted, 
At her Savior’s feet reclined! 
How kindled her heart, how devout was its feeling, 
While hearing the lessons that Christ was revealing! 
For Jesus all earthly concerns she forgot, 
And all was repaid in that one happy lot. 

4. Thus my longings, heavenward tending, 
Jesus, rest alone on Thee. 
Help me, thus on Thee depending; 
Savior come and dwell in me. 
Although all the world should forsake and forget Thee, 
In love I will follow Thee, ne’er will I quit Thee. 
Lord Jesus, both spirit and life is Thy Word; 
And is there a joy which Thou dost not afford? 

5. Wisdom’s highest, noblest treasure, 
Jesus, lies concealed in Thee; 
Grant that this may still the measure 
Of my will and actions be, 
Humility there and simplicity reigning, 
In paths of true wisdom my steps ever training. 
Oh, if I of Christ have this knowledge divine, 
The fulness of heavenly wisdom is mine. 

6. Naught have I, O Christ, to offer 
Naught but Thee, my highest Good. 
Naught have I, O Lord, to proffer 
But Thy crimson-colored blood. 
Thy death on the cross hath Death wholly defeated 
And thereby my righteousness fully completed; 
Salvation’s white raiments I there did obtain, 
And in them in glory with Thee I shall reign. 

7. Therefore Thou alone, my Savior, 
Shalt be All in all to me; 
Search my heart and my behavior, 
Root out all hypocrisy. 
Restrain me from wandering on pathways unholy 
And through all life’s pilgrimage keep my heart lowly. 
This one thing is needful, all others are vain; 
I count all but loss that I Christ may obtain. 


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