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English 2 Lesson 25: Discuss the relationship between ethics and sanctions in Proverbs 1-7

The main lessons in the first seven books of the Proverbs are that Evil leads to self destruction, and Wisdom leads to knowledge and a good life.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon for his son, whom he doesn’t really describe, because he had many sons. He warns him about the dangers of evil, and to always seek wisdom. Solomon writes Proverbs in a different way. He makes examples in which he portrays the term adulterous woman for evil and wisdom. He does so by giving couple examples to guide his son in the right direction.

One of Solomon’s examples is the way he describes this adulterous woman. She lures preys and ensnares them. This woman is walking the path of death and will do everything she can to bring you down with her. By describing evil Solomon doesn’t only include woman, he also includes men who want to hurt others just for the fun of it. Solomon says that these men trap themselves by walking the path of evil. His main point here is that the evil path takes away your life.

Wisdom on the other hand is the most desirable, because wisdom brings honor, grace, and a lasting life. To get wisdom, simply trust in God. According to Solomon, wisdom is the most precious thing anyone can have, and everyone must always strive for it. Obtaining wisdom will greatly bless you. If you start searching for wisdom then you will be just as blessed as those who have obtained wisdom already. Parents must teach their kids wisdom for they must listen to their mother and father.

 Additional relationships between these two topics. In verses 4-5 we see the importance of the relationship between ethic and sanctions.   “Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” In other words, seek wisdom and her ethical paths. These will keep you from the strange woman that will eventually lead to your doom. The relationship between ethics and sanctions here is this: if you are practicing immoral ethical behavior, God will see all of it and judge you according to your evil deeds. The relationship is people who’s ethics are wicked will receive a curse from God and those who are just will be blessed.

Proverbs and Psalms contain similar themes and are often grouped together by biblical scholars. Although Psalms focuses more on general principles and Proverbs on more specific ideas, they both deal heavily with the difference between good and evil. Proverbs describes it out very clearly. In Proverbs 2-3 it says “if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.For the Lord gives wisdom;” This is saying that if we look to God for understanding and knowledge instead of looking for it here on earth, then our sanctions will be positive and he will give us knowledge and wisdom. We will understand God more, and have His knowledge. These are all benefits from being ethical and patient, and trusting. 

That’s all for this essay I hope you got to learn something from reading all this. I’ll post soon and have a great day!

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