Proverbs 8:32 (Mini Sermon)


32. Pro 8:32 - "Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways." A. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: i. Wisdom is speaking (Pro 8:1, 12). ii. Wisdom is speaking to her children (Mat 11:19). iii. Her delights are with the sons of men (Pro 8:31), and therefore she exhorts them to hearken unto her. a. Therefore adv. - II. (Now always spelt therefore, and stressed) 2. In consequence of that; that being so; as a result or inference from what has been stated; consequently. b. Hearken v. - 1. intr. To apply the ears to hear; to listen, give ear. 3. intr. To apply the mind to what is said; to attend, have regard; to listen with sympathy or docility. 4. trans. To hear with attention, give ear to (a thing); to listen to; to have regard to, heed; to understand, learn by hearing; to hear, perceive by the ear. c. Because she takes great pleasure in her children, she wants them to listen with attention to what she is about to tell them and apply their minds to it. iv. Her message is urgent which is why she tells them to listen up now. a. Now adv. - 1. a. At the present time or moment. b. Under the present circumstances; in view of these facts. b. The time to hearken to wisdom is now; now is the accepted time; today is the day of salvation (Heb 3:13-15; Heb 4:7; 2Co 6:1-2). B. for blessed are they that keep my ways. i. Wisdom gives the reason to hearken unto her now. ii. For conj. - B. conj. 1. Introducing the cause of a fact, the statement of which precedes or follows: Because. 2. a. Introducing the ground or reason for something previously said: Seeing that, since. iii. The reason is that those who keep her ways are blessed. a. Keep v. - I. 1. To seize, lay hold of; to snatch, take. Obs. 2. To try to catch or get; to seek after. Obs. 3. To take in, receive, contain, hold. Obs. 4. To take in with the eyes, ears, or mind; to take note of, mark, behold, observe. Obs. II. Transitive uses (in early use also intr.). * To have regard, pay attention to, observe. 9. To have regard, to care, to reck 11. trans. To pay attention or regard to; to observe, stand to, or dutifully abide by (an ordinance, law, custom, practice, covenant, promise, faith, a thing prescribed or fixed, as a treaty, truce, peace, a set time or day; see further under the ns.). ** To guard (from external violence or injury), to preserve, maintain. 14. To guard, defend, protect, preserve, save. b. Those who keep wisdom's ways in every sense including holding on to them, taking note of them in the mind, regarding and observing them, and guarding, defending, and preserving them are blessed. (i) Blessed adj. - 3. a. Enjoying supreme felicity; happy, fortunate. 4. a. Bringing, or accompanied by, blessing or happiness; pleasurable, joyful, blissful. (ii) Those who keep wisdom's ways are fortunate for being able to do so and will experience happiness and joy as a result (Pro 3:13). c. Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness and peace (Pro 3:17).
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