Food For Thought
Unless otherwise indicated, the collection of scriptures found in Food for Thought are quoted from the Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures (The Old Testament) pub. by, the Jewish Publication Society, New York, 1988; and the Jewish New Testament, translated by David H. Stern, pub. by Jewish New Testament Publications, Clarksville, MD, 1994.
~ Meditations ~
~ From the Word of God ~
(Meditations are meant to be
~ Wisdom, Discipline, and The Fear of the Lord ~
Wisdom cries aloud in the streets, Raises her voice in the squares.
My son, if you accept my words And treasure up my commandments; if you make your ear attentive to wisdom And your mind open to discernment; If you call to understanding And cry aloud to discernment, If you seek it as you do silver And search for it as for treasures, Then you will understand the fear of the LORD And attain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom; Knowledge and discernment are by His decree.
(Proverbs 1:20, 2:1-6)
The beginning (best part) of wisdom is -- acquire wisdom; With all your acquisitions, acquire discernment. Hug her to you and she will exalt you; She witt bring you honor if you embrace her.
Hold fast to discipline; do not let go; Keep it; it is your life.
More than all that you guard, guard your mind, For it is the source of life.
(Proverbs 4:7-8, 13, 23)
The LORD founded the earth by wisdom; He established the heavens by understanding; By His knowledge the depths burst apart, And the skies distilled dew.
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, The man who attains understanding. Her value in trade is better than silver, Her yield, greater than gold. She is more precious than rubies; All of your goods cannot equal her. In her right hand is length of days, In her left, riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths, peaceful. She is a tree of life to those who grasp her, And whoever holds on to her is happy.
I,Wisdom, live with Prudence; I attain knowledge and foresight... I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, And duplicity in speech. Mine are counsel and resourcefulness; I am understanding; courage is mine. Through me kings reign and rulers decree just laws; Through me princes rule, Great men and all the righteous judges. Those who love me I love, And those who seek me will find me. Riches and honor belong to me, Enduring wealth and success. My fruit is better than gold, fine gold, And my produce better than choice silver. I walk on the way of righteousness, On the paths of justice. I endow those who love me with substance; 1 will fill their treasuries.
The LORD created me at the beginning of His course as the first of His works of old. In the distant past I was fashioned, At the beginning, at the origin of earth. There was still no deep when I was brought forth, No springs rich in water; Before [the foundation of] the mountains were sunk, Before the hills I was born. He had not yet made earth and fields, Or the world's first clumps of clay. I was there when He set the heavens into place; When He fixed the horizon upon the deep; When He made the heavens above firm, And the fountains of the deep gushed forth; When He assigned the sea its limits, So that its waters never transgress His command; When He fixed the foundations of the earth, I was with Him as a confidant, A source of delight every day, Rejoicing before Him at all times, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, Finding delight with mankind. Now, sons, listen to me; Happy are they who keep my ways. Heed discipline and become wise; do not spurn it. Happy is the man who listens to me, Coming early to my gates each day, Waiting outside my doors. For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.
(Proverbs 8: 12-35)
Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy (is) the man who takes refuge in Him! Fear the LORD, you His consecrated ones, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and shun evil. It will be a cure for your body, A tonic for your bones.
The counsel of the LORD is for those who fear Him; to them He makes known His covenant.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life.
Come my sons, listen to me; I will teach you what it is to fear the LORD. Who is the man who is eager for life, who desires years of good fortune? Guard your tongue from evil, your lips from deceitful speech. Shun evil and do good, seek amity (integrity) and pursue it.
Happy is the man who has notfolowed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, of joined the company of the insolent; rather, the teaching of the LORD is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose foliage never fades, and whatever it produces thrives.
Do not reject the discipline of the LORD, my son; Do not abhor His rebuke. For whom the LORD loves, He rebukes, As a father the son whom he favors.
...the commandment is a lamp, The teaching is a light, And the way to life is the rebuke that disciplines.
Six things the LORD hates;
Seven are an abomination to Him:
A haughty bearing,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A mind that hatches evil plots,
Feet quick to run to evil,
A false witness testifying lies,
And one who incites brothers to quarrel.
(Proverbs 6:16-1 9)
To fear the LORD is to hate evil.
Whoever fears the LORD, he shall be shown what path to choose.
From: God's Little Instruction Book
(pub. by Honor Books, Inc., 1993)
A critical spirit is like
poison ivy -- it only takes
a little contact to
spread its poison.
But avoid worldly and empty chatter,
for it will lead to further ungodliness,
and their talk will spread Like gangrene...
II Timothy 2:16, 17a (NASD)
The secret of contentment
is the realization that life
is a gift not a right.
But godliness with contentment is great
gain. For we brought nothing into
this world, and it is certain
we can carry nothing out.
I Timothy 6:6-7