TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS 4-7
The first nine chapters of proverbs personify wisdom as a woman, which was quite common in the ancient world I believe. But, in 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul said Jesus Christ, indeed Christ crucified, is “the wisdom of God.”
In Part 1, I rewrote Proverbs 3 with Jesus in place of wisdom, instruction, teaching, etc. In Part 2, we do the same for Proverbs 4. This is setting us up for Part 3, which will look at two different women – wisdom and folly.
So, here is Proverbs 4 with Jesus in place of wisdom, instruction, teaching, etc.
Hear, O sons, Jesus, and be attentive, that you may gain Jesus, for I give you Jesus; do not forsake Jesus. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, ‘Let your heart hold fast to Jesus; keep Jesus, and live. Get Jesus; get Jesus; do not forget, and do not turn away from Jesus. Do not forsake Jesus, and Jesus will keep you; love Jesus, and Jesus will guard you. The beginning of Jesus is this: Get Jesus, and whatever you get, get Jesus. Prize Jesus highly, and Jesus will exalt you; Jesus will honor you if you embrace him. Jesus will place on your head a graceful garland; Jesus will bestow on you a beautiful crown.
Hear, my son, and accept Jesus, that the years of your life may be many. I have you the way of Jesus; I have led you in the paths of Jesus. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of Jesus, do not let go; guard Jesus, for he is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
My son, be attentive to Jesus; incline your ear to Jesus. Let Jesus not escape from your sight; keep Jesus within your heart. For Jesus is life to those who find him, and healing to their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.