1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behaviour,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young –
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance –
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Friday in the Christian calendar is Epiphany, the day when we mark the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus – of course this didn’t actually happen on Christmas Day as the nativity plays might have us believe, but some time later when they were back in Nazareth. If we want wisdom like the Wise Men, then Proverbs is a great place to turn, full of pithy sayings to help guide us. Verse 7 gives the first hint – if you want to be wise, respect and revere God, putting him first.
Lord, help me to worship you with my mind, seeking your wisdom in how I think and act.