Proverbs 3

Chapter three naturally divides into three sections, each with its own theme. In the first section, Solomon gave a series of six commands or instructions to his son (Proverbs 3:1-12). Each command is followed by an explanation or result, and each pair comprises two verses. If his son obeyed his instructions, he would have “a long …

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Proverbs 2

Chapter two moves from general principles about wisdom and instruction to the specific example of the adulterous woman. The chapter opens with a classic if-then statement with a peculiar structure: if-if-if-then-explanation-then-explanation. If the son received his father’s commands and accepted them (Proverbs 2:1-2) If he asked for discernment (Proverbs 2:3) If he sought wisdom like …

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Joshua 9

Chapter nine records what was probably Joshua’s weakest moment as Israel’s leader. Through Moses, God had made a distinction between cities that would be far away from Israel’s new land and those located within the land (Deuteronomy 20:10-18). If the city was far away, Israel was allowed to make a peace treaty with them, making …

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