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Proverbs 9:1 6

Proverbs 9:1 6

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1.1 Proverbs 9:1-6
(Sophia)is female. Despite this fact, she performs many “male” only tasks suchas building, slaughtering, and making wine. Maybe the most controversialwork of all when viewed with ancient tradition is the spilling of blood whenshe kills animals for meat.
she has hewn her seven pillars
– The use of seven reminds us of perfection.That is an indelible aspect of true Wisdom.Proverbs 9:2
She has ...
– Over and over, Wisdom has shared her knowledgewith humanity on how to live.Proverbs 9:3
She has sent out her servant-girls
– Wisdom desires that everyoneknow what she has to offer.Proverbs 9:4
You that are simple, turn in here!
– Even the village idiot (
without a mind), is welcome to come to Wisdom’s table.Proverbs 9:5
Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
– Bless-ings await those who come to Wisdom’s house.Proverbs 9:6
Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.
– There are two ways of life. One takes the path of the idiot (
withoutsensealsoegotism),toruin.Theotheroptioniscompletelydifferentand indicated in the LXX. This is the way of wisdom (
– with senseand morals).
1.2 Psalm 34:9-14
...Psalm 34:9
O fear the
 , you his holy ones
– The children of the L
know their Father is completely capable of anything. This means one mustrespect, yes even fear, what the L
can do.
 for those who fear him have no want 
– For those groups that preach thetheology of the cross, this verse is problematic. It clearly states in the here1
and now the follows of the L
have nothing to worry about. This simplereading, which is the preferred method of interpretation for Lutherans can-not be correct. People of the L
, whether they be Christians or Jews, goto be hungry, they are injured, and they die. This recognition of the obviousforces an interpreter down two separate paths. Either the problems you ex-perience are a result of not truly fearing the L
or your reward will comelater. Neither approach is very satisfying.Psalm 34:10
but those who seek the
lack no good thing
– See the discus-sion the phrase
for those who fear him have no want 
in Psalm 34:9.Psalm 34:11
Come, O children, listen to me
– The unnamed teacher is Wisdomotherwise known in the LXX as
 I will teach you the fear of the
– Fear can be a good thing. Childrenneed to fear electrical outlets, busy streets, and power tools since all of thesethings can take your life from you.Psalm 34:12
Which of you desires life
– This question is not one normally askedby a child.Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit 
The LXX in Psalm 33:14 reads,
πασον τν γλσσάν σου π κακο καχείλη σου το
 λαλσαι δόλον
(“Stop your tongue from worthlessnessand your lips from speaking trickery”). In other words, turn from your oldway of living.Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
– TheLXX in Psalm 34:15 has the following
κκλινον π κακο κα ποίησονγαθόν, ζήτησον ερήνην κα δίωξον ατήν
(“Stop worthlessness, and livein holiness worshiping the L
’s peace, and seek this.”)...
1.3 Ephesians 5:15-20
Ephesians 5:15
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise
– The author of the letter to the church in Ephesus, remdinds them of theWisdom literature. The Greek has
βλέπετε ον κριβς πς περιπατετε ς σοφοι λλ΄ ς σοφοί
“Look carefully then how you walk, not asunwise but wise.”2
Ephesians 5:16
making the most of the time
– Everyone has a limited life. Liveas the L
intended.Ephesians 5:17
So do not be foolish
– The Greek has
δι τοτο  γίνεσθε φρο-νες
“Therefore, do no live as an idiot”. This use of 
along with theearlier use of 
tie this lesson with the one from Proverbs.Ephesians 5:18
be filled with the Spirit 
– This command from the author is anath-ema in the mainline churches.Ephesians 5:19
singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts
– The truepurpose of music is to praise the L
.Ephesians 5:20
giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everythingin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ 
– Simply, pray without ceasing.
1.4 John 6:51-58
The author of John lists the benefits of the Meal that we share with Jesus:
You have life (John 6:53 – present tense)
You have eternal life (John 6:54 – present tense)
You will be raised by Jesus on the last day (John 6:54 – future tense)
You abide in Jesus and He in you (John 6:56 – present tense)
You will live because of Jesus (John 6:57 – future tense)
You will live forever (John 6:58 – future tense)John 6:51
the living bread that came down from heaven
– The Greek reads,
Οζν  κ το ορανο καταβάς
. “Living” along with “came down” are thetwo modifiers that Jesus uses for bread in this verse.
found heredoes not have the same idea as emptying found in Philippians 2:7.
the world 
– In Greek,
το κόσου
. All of the universe benefits from Jesus.However, many do not continue because His Word is hard (John 6:60) andothers leave (John: 6:66).

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