God asked Solomon what he should give him and he answered “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”(1 Kings 3:9, NRSV)
As we begin the series New Wine: Seeds of Hope, Trinkets of Wisdom with Proverbs 1:1-7; Pastor Ruth gives us an introduction to Proverbs.
Reading: Proverbs 1:1-7
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning about wisdom and instruction,
for understanding words of insight,
for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
righteousness, justice, and equity;
to teach shrewdness to the simple,
knowledge and prudence to the young—
let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
and the discerning acquire skill,
to understand a proverb and a figure,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;Proverbs 1:1-7 (NRSV)
fools despise wisdom and instruction.