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verse 23: “The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.”

“How do you sleep at night?” That’s the classic line uttered in the movies by the hero/victim to the villain, usually when the villain’s offenses have become known. A troubled conscience can interfere with a good night’s sleep.

Another line I’ve heard uttered goes something like “it may have been a hard decision to make, but I can sleep at night.” Usually that line is said by people who have agonized over tough choices, but are satisfied that they did the right thing.

When I read the above verse, I know that sleep can be interrupted by a variety of reasons. Christians and non-Christians can have difficulty sleeping. However, a guilty conscience should be one of the reasons that shouldn’t trouble the Christian who fears God and follows His will. They can sleep “satisfied, untouched by evil.”

Something to think about.

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verses 12-14: “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.”

Wisdom keeps some interesting company. I quote the Holman Concordance here on Proverbs, page 72-73:

“8:12 – Wisdom, you might say, lives with a family of other wonderful virtues. Prudence can refer to trickery (Josh. 9:4), but in Proverbs it always means good, sensible behavior. Knowledge describes not just academic attainment but knowledge of truth. And discretion in Proberbs means the careful behavior that arises from clear thinking. It is the opposite of recklessness. All three words refer to the ability to form sound plans.”
“8:13 – But wisdom is far more than shrewdness; the fear of the LORD is its foundation (Prov. 1:7, 9:10)…”
“8:14-16 – Wisdom returns to the catalog of accompanying virtues began in verse 12. She can provide people with direction because she has counsel and sound judgment; and she strengthens them to meet the challenges of life with understanding and power.…”

I cannot put it more plainly. Tis better to keep company with this family than with what the world offers.

Something to think about.

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