Thursday, December 10, 2015

Psalm 12 and Proverbs 3:19-26

Psalm 12
Psalm 12 is a psalm of complaint or lament. The first half (12:1-4) laments that no one seems to be godly anywhere (12:1). They lie, they flatter (12:2). Where are the faithful? May the LORD cut them off!

The LORD responds. He will rise up. He's angry that people take advantage of the needy and the poor (12:5). The promises of the LORD are pure (12:6). He will protect (12;7), even though the wicked are on the prowl (12:8).

Proverbs 3:19-26
Verses 19-20 continue the theme of wisdom. The LORD created the world using his wisdom and understanding. This is the beginning of an important theme that would have a major impact on Jewish thinking and, perhaps, was key to the development of early thinking about Jesus. Wisdom was the instrument God used in creation.

21-26 then continue the theme that if a person lives according to wisdom, s/he will have a secure life. Sleep will be sweet (3:24). The LORD will keep us confident and keep our feet from stumbling.

Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1:1-7
Psalm 2 and Proverbs 1:8-14
Psalm 3 and Proverbs 1:15-19
Psalm 4 and Proverbs 1:20-27
Psalm 5 and Proverbs 1:28-33
Psalm 6 and Proverbs 2:1-5
Psalm 7 and Proverbs 2:6-15
Psalm 8 and Proverbs 2:16-22
Psalm 9 and Proverbs 3:1-4
Psalm 10 and Proverbs 3:5-12
Psalm 11 and Proverbs 3:13-18

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