Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his lifeshall preserve it.
Note: the word “forsake” is used eleven times in the book of Proverbs.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thygetting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour,when thou dost embrace her.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you indue time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her; Stephen, the first Christianmartyr, explains how the wisdom of Joseph brought him to honor in the land of Egypt:
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sightof Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: andour fathers found no sustenance.
But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred wasmade known unto Pharaoh.
Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore andfifteen souls.
So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for asum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shallshe deliver to thee.
Note: the word “crown” is used seven times in the book of Proverbs.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shallbe many.
God’s message to King Solomon:
And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thyfather David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thourunnest, thou shalt not stumble.
I have led thee in right paths;
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees wereoffended, after they heard this saying?
But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted,