Part 2 - Proverbs 1:8 - 4:27

This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 1:8-4:27. In this passage, Solomon gives his son a series of ten lectures. He warns him about the foolishness of easy money and easy sex and the value of seeking wisdom.

As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 1:8-4:27, we see that Jesus is wiser than Solomon and gives the gift of wisdom that he hoped his son would receive through the Holy Spirit.

**Observation Questions:**

1. In Proverbs 1:20-33, what are the consequences of ignoring Wisdom's call?

2. How does Proverbs 2:1-6 describe the process of acquiring wisdom?

3. What parallels can be drawn between the temptation of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1-6 and the temptations of dishonest gain and casual sexual encounters mentioned in Proverbs?

4. According to Matthew 7:7-8, what is promised to those who actively seek wisdom?

**Interpretation Questions:**

1. Why might Solomon personify wisdom as a woman calling out in the streets, and how does this imagery affect our understanding of wisdom's accessibility?

2. What does it mean to "understand the fear of the Lord" as described in Proverbs 2:1-6, and how is this understanding related to the pursuit of wisdom?

3. How does the story of Adam and Eve's choice reflect the importance of seeking God's wisdom over our own desires?

4. In what ways does Jesus' promise in Matthew 7:7-8 encourage us to pursue wisdom, and how does this pursuit impact our relationship with God?

**Application Questions:**

1. Reflect on a recent decision you made. How did you seek wisdom in that process, and how might you approach it differently in light of Proverbs 1:20-33?

2. Identify a situation in your life where you may be tempted by dishonest gain or casual sexual encounters. What steps can you take to seek God's wisdom in this area?

3. Consider a time when you trusted your own understanding over God's command. What is one practical way you can remind yourself to seek God's wisdom first in future decisions?

4. Choose one aspect of your life where you need guidance. How will you actively ask, seek, and knock for wisdom this week as Jesus encourages in Matthew 7:7-8?

5. Think about your daily routine. What is one change you can make to prioritize seeking wisdom from God's word each day?