Looking at the chapter as a unit, we can see further division into an
"IF" part (the first four verses) and a "THEN" part (the rest of the chapter),
which is further subdivided into five 3- or 4-verse stanzas.
There are three "if"s in these verses, which set up a poetic parallelism, three different ways to say the same thing, the good thing that the True Son of Wise King Solomon will follow, and the first is further divided into paying attention to Solomon, followed by paying attention to Wisdom (the same, only different), then a different facet, your active asking, and finally your active looking as if on a treasure hunt.
Each of those is again a poetic doublet. So you have doublets of doublets
of doublets. [discuss each]
There in verse 5 you have "the fear of the LORD" again. What does the poetic form here tell us what that means?
In chapter 1 v.8 we had the poetic form setting the Father's advice
next to (parallel with) the Mother's Rules. You can't see it in English
translation, but chapter 2 v.1-2 you have the same Father/Mother balance
(because Wisdom is femnine in Hebrew), and then again here where v.5-8
is from Father God, and v.9+ is from Mother Wisdom. God (like Pastor Mark)
is complementarian. Verse 6 reminds us that this is no StarWars Zoroastrianist
dualism ("the [equal] dark and light sides of the Force") but rather "Every
good and complete Gift comes first from God..." The Bible starts
out, "In the beginning God..." It is God Himself (not Wisdom) Who fights
the battles (v.7) for His people, and God Himself (not Wisdom) Who stands
guard (v.8] over the situations where battle is not yet necessary. Wisdom
is rather more passive. But not completely...
God fights your battles, but Wisdom can give you the "warm fuzzies"
that we all need from time to time. Balance. What do you think is the difference
between the protection offered in verse 11, as compared to v.8? Or do you
think they are the same? [discuss]
So now when we look at what seeking God's Wisdom does for you, it is
addressed to "My Son" (not "my daughter"). There are other places in the
Bible where it identifies sons and daughters as both recipients of catastrophe
or benefits, but here Solomon is talking to guys in terms guys understand.
Is there something for women here? Yes, I guess women can be tempted by
a gigolo, but the idea of roving bands of female gangs doing bad stuff
to people, well, it just doesn't happen. Partly because men have greater
upper-body strength, so in one-on-one physical combat, the guy will win
over the woman. Most women know that, the guys certainly do. [discuss]
How many layers of doublet do you see here? Does the form help you to
grasp the teaching? [discuss]
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