Cornerstone URC




February 10, 2019

Proverbs 2

The Value of Wisdom

1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 
3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 
4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 
8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 
10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 
11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, 
12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, 
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, 
14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, 
15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. 
16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, 
17 who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 
18 for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; 
19 none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. 
20 So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, 
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-12

The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 
2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. 
3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 
5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. 
6 For as the crackling ofthorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity. 
7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart. 
8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. 
10 Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. 
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun. 
12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.