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D A I LY D I S C I P L E S H I P G U I D EProverbs;Song of SongsSummer 2020 CSB 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

A LIFE WELL LIVEDWisdom is a Person with whom we can have a relationship.People want to succeed in life. In theworkplace, relationships, finances—in everyarea of life—they crave success. This drive tothrive inevitably draws them to quick fixesand easy steps. They seek advice from TV talkshows, books, or the Internet to help themlive life well.What we know from the Bible, however, isthat the wisdom needed for living life wellcomes not from quick tips and easy steps; truewisdom is a Person with whom we can have arelationship.The Book of Proverbs is about becoming wisein everyday life. It reveals God’s principlesfor successful living. The theme of the bookis stated in this way: “The fear of the Lordis the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7).This means wisdom has a starting point. Itbegins with a personal relationship with God.The Bible speaks of Jesus as “the wisdom ofGod” (1 Cor. 1:24). Thus, coming to a savingknowledge of God through the person ofJesus Christ is the beginning of a life welllived.Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, andthe life. No one comes to the Father exceptthrough me” (John 14:6). He is waiting foryou now. Admit to God that you are a sinner.Repent, turning away from your sin. By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Sonand accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness fromsin. He took the penalty for your sin bydying on the cross. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ asSavior and Lord. You may pray a prayersimilar to this as you call on God to saveyou: “Dear God, I know that You love me.I confess my sin and need of salvation. Iturn away from my sin and place my faithin Jesus as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’name I pray, amen.”After you have received Jesus Christ intoyour life, tell a pastor or another Christianabout your decision. Show others yourfaith in Christ by asking for baptism byimmersion in your local church as a publicexpression of your faith. 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

CONTENTSBible Reading Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Memory Verses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Introduction to Proverbs; Song of Songs . . . . . . . 8Using the Daily Discipleship Guide . . . . . . . . . . . 10Leader Helps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116Visual Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160Coming Next Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162Sessions1Suggested UseTitlePageJune 7Charted Waters* (Prov. 1:7-19) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Leader Helps on page 1212Direction Offered (Prov. 3:1-12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20June 143June 214June 285July 56July 127July 198July 269August 210August 9Leader Helps on page 124Compassion Demonstrated (Prov. 3:21-35) . . . . . . . . . 28Leader Helps on page 127The Choice (Prov. 4:11-27) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Leader Helps on page 130Following God’s Design (Prov. 5:3-11,15-18) . . . . . . . . . 44Leader Helps on page 133Pursuing Wisdom (Prov. 8:6-21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Leader Helps on page 136Living Wisely (Prov. 14:8-15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Leader Helps on page 139Pleasing God (Prov. 15:33–16:11) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Leader Helps on page 142Staying Sober (Prov. 23:17-21,29-35) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76Leader Helps on page 145Accepting Discipline (Prov. 29:1-3,12-20) . . . . . . . . . . . 84Leader Helps on page 14811Finding Honor (Prov. 31:10-16,23-31) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92August 1612August 2313August 30Leader Helps on page 151Relational Foundations (Song of Sg. 2:15–3:5) . . . . . . . 100Leader Helps on page 154Relational Investment (Song of Sg. 5:6-16) . . . . . . . . . 108Leader Helps on page 157*Evangelistic Emphasis 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

Meet the WritersSharon H. Gritz is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.Liz Sherrer is a retired teacher and educational consultant.Kevin Shrum is the Lead Pastor at Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.Argile Smith is Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Biloxi, Mississippi.Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at-home mom, writer, and Bible study teacher.Explore the Bible: Daily Discipleship Guide (ISSN 2574-4402; Item 005794512) is published quarterlyby LifeWay Christian Resources, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234, Ben Mandrell, President. 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources.For ordering or inquiries visit lifeway.com, or write LifeWay Resources Customer Service, OneLifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-0113. For bulk shipments mailed quarterly to one address, emailorderentry@lifeway.com, fax (615) 251-5933, or write to the above address.We believe that the Bible has God for its author; salvation for its end; and truth, without any mixtureof error, for its matter and that all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. To review LifeWay’s doctrinalguideline, please visit lifeway.com/doctrinalguideline. The Key Doctrine statements in this study guideare adapted from these guidelines.Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible ,Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers . Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible andCSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.Scripture quotations marked ESV are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version )copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked KJV are from the Holy Bible, King James Version. Scripture quotationsmarked NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com.Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale HousePublishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. The suggestions for pronouncing Biblenames are from That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names by W. MurraySeverance, 1997 by Broadman & Holman Publishers. Used by permission.4E X PL OR E T H E B I BL E 2020 LifeWay Christian ResourcesDaily Discipleship GuideSummer 2020Volume 6 Number 4Dwayne McCraryTeam LeaderKen BraddyManager, Adult Ongoing Bible StudiesBrandon HiltibidalDirector, Groups MinistrySend questions/comments toteam leader by email:Dwayne.McCrary@LifeWay.comor by mail to:Explore The Bible: Daily Discipleship GuideOne Lifeway Plaza, MSN 175Nashville, TN 37234-0175Printed in the United States of AmericaCover Photo: TBDInside Photos: TBD

A WORD FROM THE TEAM LEADERThe decision was made to serve donuts on the shuttlevans. The church used off-campus parking and needed toencourage people to park there, so donuts seemed to be asimple solution. The only problem was that parents begandropping their kids off in the remote parking lot so the kidscould grab a donut but the parents proceeded to follow thevan in their cars and park in the crowded church parking lot.Someone observed what was happening and offered somewisdom—serve coffee on the shuttle van instead. Parentsbegan dropping their kids off at the church and then enjoyeda few moments of peace and some coffee while riding theshuttle from the remote lot.We live in a world that may seem simple at times, but thesimple is often what makes it so complex. This is true in partbecause we live in a system where everything is connected.One decision has a ripple effect. Systems theory refers to thisas simplexity, and simplexity points to our need for wisdom.Some people seek out professional analysts to help themnavigate this world while others turn to their trusted friendsand mentors. Solomon discovered that the only place to gowhen trying to figure out this simplex world was to the Onewho created it in the first place. Solomon recorded the wisdomGod revealed to him in Proverbs and Song of Songs. Learningfrom these Bible books helps us fulfill Paul’s directive to liveas wise people (Eph. 5:15).As we study Proverbs and Song of Songs, we will discover thewisdom of God for living in ways that please our Creator. Noteverything we discover will be easy nor will it be simple, butit will be right.May God grant us a glimpse of His wisdom and give uscourage to act on what we discover.Dwayne McCraryTeam Leader, Adult Explore the Bible 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources5

BIBLE READING PLANJUNEJULYAUGUST 1. Proverbs 1:1-7 2. Proverbs 1:8-19 3. Proverbs 1:20-33 4. Proverbs 1:1-22 5. Proverbs 3:1-12 6. Proverbs 3:13-26 7. Proverbs 3:27-35 8. Proverbs 4:1-19 9. Proverbs 4:20-27 10. Proverbs 5:1-14 11. Proverbs 5:15-23 12. Proverbs 6:1-11 13. Proverbs 6:12-19 14. Proverbs 6:20-35 15. Proverbs 7:1-15 16. Proverbs 7:16-27 17. Proverbs 8:1-11 18. Proverbs 8:12-21 19. Proverbs 8:22-36 20. Proverbs 9:1-18 21. Proverbs 10:1-10 22. Proverbs 10:11-22 23. Proverbs 10:23-32 24. Proverbs 11:1-10 25. Proverbs 11:11-21 26. Proverbs 11:22-31 27. Proverbs 12:1-11 28. Proverbs 12:12-20 29. Proverbs 12:21-28 30. Proverbs 13:1-14 1. Proverbs 13:15-25 2. Proverbs 14:1-11 3. Proverbs 14:12-21 4. Proverbs 14:22-35 5. Proverbs 15:1-11 6. Proverbs 15:12-22 7. Proverbs 15:23-33 8. Proverbs 16:1-9 9. Proverbs 16:10-20 10. Proverbs 16:21-33 11. Proverbs 17:1-14 12. Proverbs 17:15-28 13. Proverbs 18:1-13 14. Proverbs 18:14-24 15. Proverbs 19:1-17 16. Proverbs 19:18-29 17. Proverbs 20:1-16 18. Proverbs 20:17-30 19. Proverbs 21:1-15 20. Proverbs 21:16-31 21. Proverbs 22:1-16 22. Proverbs 22:17-29 23. Proverbs 23:1-18 24. Proverbs 23:19-35 25. Proverbs 24:1-14 26. Proverbs 24:15-22 27. Proverbs 24:23-34 28. Proverbs 25:1-12 29. Proverbs 25:13-28 30. Proverbs 26:1-12 31. Proverbs 26:13-28 1. Proverbs 27:1-14 2. Proverbs 27:15-27 3. Proverbs 28:1-14 4. Proverbs 28:15-28 5. Proverbs 29:1-16 6. Proverbs 29:17-27 7. Proverbs 30:1-17 8. Proverbs 30:18-33 9. Proverbs 31:1-9 10. Proverbs 31:10-20 11. Proverbs 31:21-31 12. Song of Songs 1:1-7 13. Song of Songs 1:8-17 14. Song of Songs 2:1-7 15. Song of Songs 2:8-14 16. Song of Songs 2:15-17 17. Song of Songs 3:1-5 18. Song of Songs 3:6-11 19. Song of Songs 4:1-7 20. Song of Songs 4:8-11 21. Song of Songs 4:12-16 22. Song of Songs 5:1-2 23. Song of Songs 5:3-8 24. Song of Songs 5:9-16 25. Song of Songs 6:1-10 26. Song of Songs 6:11-13 27. Song of Songs 7:1-9 28. S ong of Songs 7:10-13 29. Song of Songs 8:1-4 30. Song of Songs 8:5-9 31. Song of Songs 8:10-146E X PL OR E T H E B I BL E 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

MEMORY VERSESSession 1:Session 8:The fear of the Lord is the beginning ofknowledge; fools despise wisdom anddiscipline. — Proverbs 1:7The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,observing the wicked and the good.— Proverbs 15:3Session 2:Session 9:Trust in the Lord with all your heart, anddo not rely on your own understanding; inall your ways know him, and he will makeyour paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mindon the right course. — Proverbs 23:19Session 3:When it is in your power, don’t withholdgood from the one to whom it belongs.— Proverbs 3:27Session 4:Carefully consider the path for your feet,and all your ways will be established.— Proverbs 4:26Session 10:A wise son responds to his father’sdiscipline, but a mocker doesn’t listen torebuke. — Proverbs 13:1Session 11:I have instructed you today — even you —so that your confidence may be in the Lord.— Proverbs 22:19Session 12:We love because he first loved us.— 1 John 4:19Session 5:My son, keep your father’s command, anddon’t reject your mother’s teaching.— Proverbs 6:20Session 6:Session 13:Where has your love gone, most beautiful ofwomen? Which way has he turned? We willseek him with you. — Song of Songs 6:1The fear of the Lord is the beginning ofwisdom, and the knowledge of the HolyOne is understanding. — Proverbs 9:10Session 7:Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, butfaithful people are his delight.— Proverbs 12:22 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources7

INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS;SONG OF SONGSThe Book of Proverbs provides us withwisdom that comes from God. At thebeginning of this foundational guide forbeing wise in Him, we’re led to understandthat seeking God’s wisdom means nurturinga close relationship with Him (Prov. 1:7).From there, Solomon provides us with anexhaustive assortment of proverbs to addressalmost every facet of our everyday lives.Song of Songs is an extended poem thataffirms the value of choosing to liveaccording to God’s wisdom when it comesto nurturing the love between a man and awoman. Throughout the poem, the portrayalof the authentic romance between twopeople in love is painted on the canvas ofGod’s faithful love for His people. The storythat’s told in the poem includes scenes froma couple’s courtship and their life together ashusband and wife.Seeking God’s wisdom and applying it in ourlives allows us to learn how He wants us tohandle the issues that confront us in work,play, money, and relationships.God wants us to enjoy the fulfillment thatcomes from being wise in Him.THEMES IN SONG OF SONGS:God affirms intimacy, but He expects Hispeople to be wise in Him in the expression ofromantic love between a man and a woman.The relationship between a married man andwoman provides the only healthy settingfor Christians to express romantic lovecompletely.THEMES IN PROVERBS:God’s wisdom comes only through a personalrelationship with Him.The temptation to give into foolishness andthe need to choose wisdom serves as anongoing concern for God’s people as we livefor Him every day.Being wise and overcoming menacingtemptations means that we seek the Lord’swisdom and put it to work.8E X PL OR E T H E B I BL E 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

OUTLINES OF PROVERBS;SONG OF SONGSOUTLINE OF PROVERBSI. Solomon’s Exhortations and Warnings (1:1–9:18)A. Contrast between wisdom and riches (1:1–3:20)B. Praise of wisdom, love, and worthy conduct (3:21–4:27)C. Warnings against lust, idleness, and deceit (5:1–7:27)D. A portrayal of wisdom (8:1–9:18)II. Solomon’s Proverbs (10:1–29:27)A. Collected proverbs (10:1–22:16)B. Thirty sayings of the wise (22:17–24:22)C. More sayings of the wise (24:23-34)D. Hezekiah’s collection (25:1–29:27)III. Other Proverbs (30:1–31:31)A. Words of Agur (30:1-33)B. Words of Lemuel (31:1-9)C. Praise of a capable wife (31:10-31)OUTLINE OF SONG OF SONGSI. Their Story Begins (1:2–2:7)II. Invitation to Enjoy a Spring Day (2:6-17)III. Night of Separation Preceding Wedding (3:1-5)IV. Wedding Day and Night (3:6–5:1)V. Night of separation following wedding night (5:2–7:9)VI. Invitation to Enjoy a Spring Day (7:10–8:4)VII. Their Story Complete (8:3-14) 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources9

USING THE DAILY DISCIPLESHIP GUIDEFollower. Adherent. Loyalist. Attached. Allegiant. Zealous. Disciple. Jesus’ call is the same toall people: to follow Him as a disciple. He expects more than a courteous nod. He deservesmore than intellectual agreement. He calls us to be disciples—growing disciples. How dowe do that?In Brad Waggoner’s Shape of Faith to Come (2008), he identified the discipline of “daily Bibleengagement” as the number-one predictor of a person’s spiritual growth. Daily implies adiscipline much like exercising, brushing teeth, or eating a certain number of calories EVERYday. Should we be any different when it comes to our spiritual training? The focus is the Bible,God’s Word. There is nothing wrong with knowing the thoughts of great philosophers, leaders,or theologians, but they must not replace God’s Word. Engagement implies participating in theact of reading, studying, and reflecting. Engagement is active, requiring us to do something.Your Daily Discipleship Guide is full of tools to help you grow as a disciple. But like any tool, youhave to use it to get the benefit.Use this resource when studying with a group. The first five pages of each sessionhelp the group leader introduce a Bible passage and move you toward acting on thetruths discovered.Use the Daily Exploration pages to go deeper into God’s Word, building on yourgroup’s study experience. Engage in daily Bible study, record your thoughts, reflecton the questions, and take action.Use the Talk It Out section at the end of each session to hold yourself andothers accountable by meeting in a smaller group of same-sex individuals (anaccountability group). Share with the smaller group what God has been teaching youthrough the group time and your personal daily Bible study.Use the resource every week even when you are unable to attend the group’s Biblestudy. Missing a group Bible study does not excuse you from being engaged dailywith God through His Word. Use the Daily Discipleship Guide to move forward inyour spiritual growth.Want this resource on your phone or tablet for when you are on the go? Purchase an eBook inthe Explore the Bible APP (available through GooglePlay and the iTunes Store) or at LifeWay.com.10E X PL OR E T H E B I BL E 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

Getting the Most from TALK IT OUTTalk It Out, found at the end of each session, supports groups of three or four people who cometogether weekly to encourage, share, build up, and sharpen each other. While other issues maybe addressed, the Talk It Out section provides a few directed questions based on the previousgroup experience and daily Bible engagement suggestions to start the weekly conversation.These groups are made up of three to four people Participants should be of the same gender. These groups should be smaller on purpose. These groups can meet at almost any location. These groups can easily accommodate each other’s schedules. Who meet weekly Life happens weekly, so meeting weekly is important. There is nothing like sitting across from friends over coffee, a meal,or dessert. In some cases, your smaller group may need to meet using technology thatallows for video chats (such as Skype or Google Hangouts). You may find it best to meet face-to-face every other week or once a monthand use virtual tools the other weeks. To hold each other accountable and encourage each other in their spiritual growth. Review the questions in Talk It Out. You may focus on one question more than others. Include time to pray for each other. 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

S e s s i o n1Charted WatersGod’s Word warns us of the consequences of foolish choices.Proverbs 1:7-1912E X PL OR E T H E B I B L E 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

How would you describe the difference between knowledge and wisdom?How should information lead to a change in behavior?The knowledge of God and the knowledge to live wisely are interrelated. Next to the knowledgeof God in salvation, the knowledge to live wisely is the most important kind of knowledge.Godly knowledge is more than information; it is about transformation. You can be factuallyright but spiritually wrong. Solomon’s argument in the Book of Proverbs is simple: godlywisdom is applied truth that leads to transformation and wise practical living.UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXTThe Book of Proverbs begins with an invitation and a warning. The invitation comes in theform of a call to be wise. Solomon urged anyone who would listen to hear and obey the call towalk in the path of God’s wisdom. Wisdom is personified, as if she is a woman who calls outin the street, inviting all who will hear to come and embrace God’s wisdom (1:20).There’s a warning here as well. Solomon warned of the trouble that awaits any who will notheed the call to live wisely. He turned his attention to his son (1:8-19). His son would needto make up his mind to walk in God’s wisdom. Making that decision would not be easy sincehe would encounter evil people who would try to entice him to join them. They would try topersuade him that the road they took would be fun. It would involve violence, murder, andtheft. Solomon warned that these gang members themselves would eventually have their livesstolen from them. The consequences of rejecting godly truth and wisdom are devastating.Both of these great admonitions—the call to hear and obey the wisdom of God and thewarning of what happens when true wisdom is rejected—are summed up in one of Solomon’smost famous sayings, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despisewisdom and discipline” (1:7).It is within this context that Solomon methodically and urgently began his book. Solomon’scall—God’s call—for the people of God to live within the safe boundaries of God’s wisecounsel is needed now just as it was needed then. It is the wise person who hears and obeysthe call of God. It is the wise person who considers Solomon’s warnings. It is the fool whorejects both.DAT E OF M Y B I BL E S T U DY: 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources13

PROVERBS 1:7-19Passage Outline7 The fear of the Lordis the beginning of knowledge;fools despise wisdom and discipline.8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,and don’t reject your mother’s teaching ,9 for they will be a garland of favor on your headand pendants around your neck.10 My son, if sinners entice you,don’t be persuaded.11 If they say—“Come with us!Let’s set an ambush and kill someone.Let’s attack some innocent person just for fun!12 Let’s swallow them alive, like Sheol,whole, like those who go down to the Pit.13 We’ll find all kinds of valuable propertyand fill our houses with plunder.14 Throw in your lot with us,and we’ll all share the loot”—15 my son, don’t travel that road with themor set foot on their path,16 because their feet run toward eviland they hurry to shed blood.17 It is useless to spread a netwhere any bird can see it,18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves;they attack their own lives.19 Such are the paths of all who make profitdishonestly;it takes the lives of those who receive it.Starting Point(Prov. 1:7)Path of Obedience(Prov. 1:8-9)Resist Sin(Prov. 1:10-14)Sin’s Results(Prov. 1:15-19)KeywordsA. Includes awe, reverence,respect, worship, trust,commitment, obedience,submission, and love—all qualities of a rightrelationship with God.Lord refers to the personalname Yahweh, God of thecovenant.B. True wisdom comes fromknowing God (Jas. 1:5),trusting Him, and turningfrom sin (Job 28:20-28).C. “Law” (KJV). Torahin Hebrew. Here theword refers to parentalteachings based on God’slaws that provide childrenmoral guidelines anddirection.D. In Mark 8:36, Jesus said,“For what does it benefitsomeone to gain thewhole world and yet losehis life?”14E X PL OR E T H E B I BL E 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

EXPLORE THE TEXTIn verse 7 we find a summary of the whole Book of Proverbs. To fear the Lord involvesreverencing, respecting, and trusting Him. Not everyone responds positively to God’sinvitation. Some reject God’s wisdom.KEY DOCTRINE: Man Only the grace of God can bring people into His holyfellowship and enable them to fulfill the creative purpose of God (1 Cor. 12:21-31).How might a person be intelligent and unwise at the same time?BIBLE SKILL: Dig deeper into the meaning of a key word or phrase. Take acloser look at the meaning of “the fear of the Lord” in Proverbs 1:7. Read the verse indifferent translations. Use a Bible concordance to look for other passages in whichthe phrase is used. Consult a Bible dictionary for more insight. Write in your ownwords the meaning of the phrase and how it relates to spiritual growth.Wisdom is not gained through experience alone. Experience is important but not determinative.Instead, we come to know the wisdom of God through the means by which God reveals to usHis wisdom. His Word (John 17:17), the person of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:30), the ministry ofthe Holy Spirit (John 16:13), and general revelation (Ps. 19:1) are the sources of godly wisdom.Verse 8 reminds all fathers and mothers of their responsibility to nurture their children in thefaith with godly instruction. Paul wrote of this in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, don’t stir up angerin your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”How does listening to godly counsel lead to blessing?The next piece of wisdom Solomon gave his son was to resist sin. He knew that the enticementand temptation could be difficult to reject—especially for a young person.Sin affects more than the individual. It impacts those around us, sometimes in abusive ways.When God’s truth and wisdom are rejected, harmful and disturbing things will happen.How might being mindful of the consequences impact how a person respondsto temptation? Which has the greater impact: focusing on the consequences ofdisobedience or the rewards of obedience?Solomon’s warnings were not angry prohibitions; they came from the heart of a loving fatherpleading with his son to stay true to God. One consequence of unwise, sinful living would bethe harm and destruction of other people and their property; another consequence would beself-destruction.How does sin lead to self-destructive behaviors? To what examples can you point? 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources15

APPLY THE TEXT True wisdom starts with a right relationship with God. Obedience to godly counsel leads to favor in life. Wise believers resist the pressure to engage in wicked activities. Ignoring godly wisdom leads to self-destruction.Evaluate your obedience to God and His counsel on a scale of zero to ten. In whatareas do you need to be more obedient to God and His Word?Discuss with your Bible study group ways people provide godly counsel. Discuss therole the group has in providing godly counsel and fostering obedience.Identify areas in which you face the greatest temptations. List potentialconsequences that might accompany that temptation and rewards for resisting. AskGod to help you remain faithful to Him and for His help when facing temptation.Prayer Requests 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources

DAILY EXPLORATIONDay 1: Having a relationship with God makes you wise.Read Proverbs 1:7, underlining the words fear and wisdom.Wisdom has a starting point. It begins with a sincere relationship with the Lord. Coming toa saving knowledge of God through the person of Jesus Christ—who is our wisdom (1 Cor.1:24)—is the beginning of a life well lived. Thus, wisdom is found in a Person with whomwe can have a relationship. Our continued walk in godly wisdom—and our ability to makewise choices—will progress as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ. (See 2 Pet. 3:18.) Sadly, many Christians look everywhere except to God’s Wordfor guidance in making wise choices. The way to wisdom and understanding begins withseeking God.Rather than beginning a life-long journey of knowing and loving God, the fool says in hisheart that there is no God. (See Ps. 14:1.) The fool may be intelligent by worldly standardsbut cares little for the wisdom of God and refuses to accept God’s loving discipline and wiseinstruction. Verse 7 reminds us that the dividing line between the wise and foolish person isnot intellect but a relationship with God.When have you been intelligent and unwise at the same time?Day 2: Pay attention to wise counsel.Read Proverbs 1:8-9, considering how God dispenses His wisdom.God uses several sources that reflect the truth of His Word. For example, the instruction of agodly parent can be used by God to illuminate and instruct us in the wisdom of God. Solomoncalled his son to listen to the instruction of his father and to the wise teaching of his mother.Listening means more than hearing; it means to pay attention, absorb, and apply what’sbeing said. Solomon may have had in mind here his own son, Rehoboam. Rehoboam wouldbecome the next king (1 Kings 14:21) and would need God’s wisdom to rule well. Solomonmay also have been addressing any of his other sons or all young men in general. Certainly,these divinely inspired proverbs are useful for every young person who wishes to live wisely.To pay attention to God’s wise counsel through our parents is like receiving a garland of favoron your head and pendants around your neck. These are metaphors that speak of the blessingswe can receive when we pay attention to wise counsel. The wise response to godly counsel isobedience.How have your parents been used by God to dispense His wisdom to you? If you are aparent, are you open to God dispensing His wisdom through you? 2020 LifeWay Christian Resources17

Day 3: Wise people run from temptation.Read Proverbs 1:10, noting the instruction to avoid negative peer pressure.There is something luring about sin. Sinful temptations draw us, allure us, and entice us togo off the path God has set for us in His Word. Temptation is common to all people, yet Godprovides escape routes for those who have been tempted to sin (1 Cor. 10:12-13). The questionis not if we will be tempted, but what we do when we are tempted. It is the wise person whoruns from temptation. (See Gen. 39:10-12; 1 Cor. 6:18.)How does Christ offer true riches and true community?Day 4: Evil behavior is the way of life for an unwise man.Read Proverbs 1:11-14, noting the evil behaviors these people wanted tohave for fun.Verse 11 addresses the peer pressure of evil people who attack and abuse the innocent just forfun. Abuse must never be excused at any level. These evil thugs claimed they could swallowpeople alive, like Sheol.

Proverbs 14:22-35 5. Proverbs 15:1-11 6. Proverbs 15:12-22 7. Proverbs 15:23-33 8. Proverbs 16:1-9 9. Proverbs 16:10-20 10. Proverbs 16:21-33 11. Proverbs 17:1-14 12. Proverbs 17:15-28 13. Proverbs 18:1-13 14. Proverbs 18:14-24 15. Proverbs 19:1-17 16. Proverbs 19:18-29 17. Proverbs 20:1-16 18. Proverbs

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The proverbs of this book belonged to Solomon (Proverbs 1:1). Solomon was known for his wisdom (1 Kings 4:29). The Bible tells us that Solomon had composed 3000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32). Other authors were Agur (Proverbs 30:1) and Lemuel's mother (Proverbs 31:1). Date The date of compilation of Proverbs into book form can be no earlier than the .

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The second collection is “The proverbs of Solomon” (Proverbs 10:1 - 22:16). The third is “The sayings of the wise” (Proverbs 22:17 - 24:22) and “These also are sayings of the wise” (Prov-erbs 24:23 - 34). The fourth is “These are other proverbs of Solomon that the officials of king Hezekiah of Judah copied” (Proverbs 25 - 29).

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