Friday, September 18, 2015

Proverbs 2:16-20: Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives

To deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words,
Who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead;
None who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life—
So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:16-20

Wisdom continues to DELIVER us from those who would lead us astray. 

Deliver: rescue, recover
Immoral: strange woman, harlot
Seductress: outlandish, stranger
Flatters: be smooth, slippery, lie, forge, fabricate

Forsakes: be remote, absent, depart
Companion: friend, intimate
Youth: early life
Forgets: omits
Covenant: alliance of marriage
God: Yahweh is God in truth

House: abode
Leads: cause to dwindle, to sink
Death: state of death or place of death
Paths: entrenchment
Dead:  powerless ones

Go to: of taking part in; associating
Return: of revival from death
Regain: reach, attain to
Paths: path of life, in righteousness & enjoyment of God
Righteousness: as welfare and happiness; spiritual blessedness

So: purpose, intentWalk: go, come, accompany
Way: of moral action and character
Goodness: pleasant to the higher nature, giving pleasure, happiness, prosperity
Keep: observe, celebrate obligations
Paths: of mode of living, or of character
Righteousness: in conduct and character, ethically

As Wisdom continues to deliver us from the wrong paths and decisions, I love that Wisdom doesn't just send us on our way to figure it out for ourselves. Rather, there is a purpose and intent given so that we know our goal—to accompany Wisdom and enjoy happiness as we celebrate our obligations, our promises to God. There is a strong contrast between the one who forsakes Wisdom and the one who chooses Wisdom. And that contrast is evident in their character and their conduct. 

Verbs are actions leading to an end result.
Adverbs express manner, place, frequency, level of certainty. Answering: how, in what way, when, where, and to what extent.
Adjective: a describing word, qualifying a noun, providing more information about the object signified.
Proverbs is providing not only the VERBS (action to be done) but also gives Adverbs and Adjectives, so that there is a clear distinction and understanding of the consequences of the action. 

The decision is which adverbs and adjectives will you choose? "Wisdom" or "Other"

When a heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), the the choice is easier to recognize and carry out. Verbs require action. Adverbs and Adjectives modify and clarify. 

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