It is wonderful to know that we are God’s and to realize the blessedness that is ours because of it. God chooses us to be members of His kingdom not only so that He might
Missionaries are very often discouraged on the mission field. Unfriendly governments sometimes put obstacles in their way. Some people are unresponsive, and often the behavior of people thought to be converts to Christ is disheartening.
While on mission in Sierra Leone I found it necessary to spend more time in prayer and Bible study. A brief devotional time in the morning was not nearly enough for the spiritual challenges that
A trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root “meaning “to be like,” “parable.” Rendered “proverb” in Isa.” “14:4; Hab. 2:6; “dark saying” in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab’s” “defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad,” Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he “that putteth it off,” is a well known instance of a proverbial” saying (1 Kings 20:11).
A collection of moral and philosophical maxims of a wide range of subjects presented in a poetic form. This book sets forth the philosophy of practical life. It is the sign to us that the Bible does not despise common sense and discretion. It impresses upon us in the most forcible manner the value of intelligence and prudence and of a good education. The whole strength of the Hebrew language and of the sacred authority of the book is “thrown upon these homely truths. It deals, too, in that refined,” “discriminating, careful view of the finer shades of human” “character so often overlooked by theologians, but so necessary” “to any true estimate of human life” (Stanley’s Jewish Church).” “As to the origin of this book, “it is probable that Solomon gathered and recast many proverbs which sprang from human experience in preceeding ages and were floating past him on the “tide of time, and that he also elaborated many new ones from the” “material of his own experience. Towards the close of the book,” “indeed, are preserved some of Solomon’s own sayings that seem to” have fallen from his lips in later life and been gathered by “other hands’ (Arnot’s Laws from Heaven, etc.)” “This book is usually divided into three parts: (1.) Consisting “of ch. 1-9, which contain an exhibition of wisdom as the highest” good. “(2.) Consisting of ch. 10-24. “(3.) Containing proverbs of Solomon “which the men of Hezekiah, “the king of Judah, collected” (ch. 25-29).” “These are followed by two supplements, (1) “The words of Agur” “(ch. 30); and (2) “The words of king Lemuel” (ch. 31).” “Solomon is said to have written three thousand proverbs, and those contained in this book may be a selection from these (1 Kings 4:32). In the New Testament there are thirty-five direct quotations from this book or allusions to it.
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