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Proverbs 21:30 | No Wisdom...Against the LORD

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Week 4: Proverbs 21:30

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Scripture Memory

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. Proverbs 21:30

T i n w n u n c a t L. Proverbs 21:30

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Wisdom | חָכְמָה

ḥāḵmâ

Pronunciation: khok-maw'

Definition:

  • Wisdom, skill
  • Prudence
  • Shrewdness

Also translated:

  • Wisely 1x

UNDERSTANDING | תָּבוּן

tāḇûn

Pronunciation: taw-boon'

Definition:

  • The act of understanding (skill)
  • The faculty of understanding (intelligence, insight)

Also translated:

  • Discretion 1x

Counsel | עֵצָה

ʿēṣâ

Pronunciation: ay-tsaw'

Definition:

  • Counsel, advice, purpose

Also translated:

  • Purpose 2x

Against | נֶגֶד

neḡeḏ

Pronunciation: neh'-ghed

Definition:

  • What is in front of
  • Opposite to
  • From the front of, away from

Also translated:

  • Before
  • Against
  • In the presence
  • about

Paraphrase

There is no [wisdom, prudence] nor [intelligence, insight] nor [advice, purpose] [opposite, away from] the LORD.

Bible Cross References

Acts 5:38-39

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Psalm 2:1-5

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure..

Isaiah 30:1

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Reflections

About God

God is wisdom and truth. No matter what we believe to be true, wise, or intelligent: if it does not line up with the truth of God, it will not last.

About Self

Every bit of wisdom or intelligence in my own life is from the Lord. There is no innate intelligence or wisdom that did not come from Him. (Therefore, it is my obligation to use it for Him in the way He shows me as he directs my path.)

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Am I seeking truth, intelligence, and purpose in my life through God and His word?
  • Am I trusting that if my counsel is from God, it will fulfill His purpose, even if it doesn’t look the way I expect it to?

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