Date: January 10, 2021 ()

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Studies in Proverbs

Prudence Defined: Wisdom applied to practice

Opening Thought: Prudence implies a power to overlook the pressing temptation of the present, for the weighty advantage of the future —that which glitters and deceives, for that which is solid but less attractive. –Dean Alford
  • Prudent people have a healthy skepticism
    • They do not believe everything they hear - Proverbs 14:15
      • Consider the source
    • They look before they leap - Proverbs 14:8
  • Prudent people handle correction well - Proverbs 15:5
    • Why are they coming to you?
    • Do they hate you?
    • With what authority are they coming?
    • How are they coming?
    • Does God want me to listen?
  • Prudent people study
  • Prudent people are cautious
    • They work at self-control - Proverbs 12:16
    • They limit their speech - Proverbs 12:23
    • They plan for the future  - Proverbs 22:3


If age doth speak of wisdom learned,
And battles won, and sorrows earned,
Then youth doth boast of hopes to come,
Of strength to waste, and wisdom shunned.
But if youth could seek instead the wise,
and see life through more vintage eyes
And turn to God while still they sow
The seeds of harvest they've yet to know,
They might then be blessed to reap
A bounty they'll delight to keep,
And share with those who come behind
A harvest of a richer kind.
—Vicki Baird