Proverbs: Wisdom That Works

Proverbs Wisdom That Works How exactly does one become wise With the overwhelming flood of information and opinion in our times much of it a mixture of spin sound bites and trivialities it is crucial we turn back to the Bible

  • Title: Proverbs: Wisdom That Works
  • Author: Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. R. Kent Hughes
  • ISBN: 9781581348835
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How exactly does one become wise With the overwhelming flood of information and opinion in our times much of it a mixture of spin, sound bites, and trivialities it is crucial we turn back to the Bible and pay close attention to the deep insights that have stood the test of time.Proverbs 1 20 tells us that Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises herHow exactly does one become wise With the overwhelming flood of information and opinion in our times much of it a mixture of spin, sound bites, and trivialities it is crucial we turn back to the Bible and pay close attention to the deep insights that have stood the test of time.Proverbs 1 20 tells us that Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice The wisdom of God does not stand aloof, but instead graciously moves toward us, into the world where we live and struggle day by day offering us her very best, if we will only listen.Pastor and teacher Ray Ortlund unpacks the book of Proverbs in twenty one straightforward sermons, providing a biblical worldview on everything from money, sex, and power to that of the daily routines of an average life Drawing relevant parallels from ancient culture to present day, he helps us understand how the book of Proverbs is practical help for ordinary people going through everyday life.Most importantly, Ortlund shows how the Proverbs point to Jesus and his counsel for the perplexed, his strength for the defeated, his warning to the proud, his mercy for the broken With careful treatment of the Scriptures and uncomplicated language, Proverbs Wisdom that Works bridges the gap between real life experience and the scholarly depth of many commentaries.Part of the Preaching the Word series.

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    1. Really good. Some of my favorite quotes: "Wisdom is the grace of Christ beautifying our daily lives." (p.17)"Perceiving wisdom asks hard questions about life and understand God's answers. Acting wisdom guides us in our practical conduct every day. Communicating wisdom educates us in the school of sages" (p.28)"Wisdom does not theorize. Wisdom pays attention to the realities built into us by God our Creator A wise person notices, picks up on the clues, cuts with the grain, tears along the perfora [...]

    2. It's tough to read commentaries straight through (at least for me). But I am thoroughly enjoying Ortlund's book on Proverbs. Very well done. I am reading it as I teach through Proverbs to the teens at our church. Excellent homiletical commentary on Proverbs.Great example of preaching Christ from the OT.Well-written, creative, relevant, imaginative.

    3. Proverbs is a hard book for me. It is full of quotable sound bites, but they don't always seem true (1:33 "Whoever listens to me [wisdom] will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm). I understand that these are principles of how life works, not hard and fast laws of nature, but sometimes it's hard for me to take the book of Proverbs seriously. I need a hermeneutic, a framework to put Proverbs into. I decided to start with this book, as it wasn't a straight commentary, and seemed to [...]

    4. A really enjoyable read. He really is persuasive in wanting me to pursue wisdom, and really to cherish and follow Christ. It was a book full of quotable quotes, and inspiring lines. He did a fantastic job exegeting in preaching form the first 9 chapters of Proverbs, and then he categorized and explained a handful of topics from chapter 10 on.In short, I would recommend anyone to read it. Not necessarily just to study Proverbs, although it is good for that, but this book offers much more. It allo [...]

    5. It says it's a commentary, though it certainly doesn't read like one. Perhaps more believers should consider taking in commentaries. This is a good one. Add to the list Luther's commentary on Galatians. Proverbs, written by Ray Ortlund Jr, shows the authors typical gospel focus and highlights the wisdom of Proverbs for gospel living. Highly recommended.

    6. Awesome and fantastic!I love this author's presentation of the truths of Proverbs. His writing is fun to read and he communicates his concepts in effective and simple terms. Reading this book is like having a conversation with a wise friend. And he's pretty funny too! Highly recommend! Will be purchasing his other book on Isaiah.

    7. I love the book of Proverbs, but the biblical language can be perplexing at times so I consult commentaries--which can be equally perplexing. But, this! Love it! This commentary on Proverbs is actually a collection of sermons. It is devotional and captivating and very accessible. I am reading through it again with my 13 years old son. Dr. Ortlund reveals some technical information like Hebrew roots, etc. but also makes many literary and cultural references that enlighten and connect with the rea [...]

    8. I've always been captivated by the book of Proverbs. As I've grown up in this impractical and illogical culture, its message of wisdom is a place of rest and security. Ray Ortlund Jr's Proverbs: Wisdom that Works is a fresh way to re-read the book of Proverbs. Mr. Ortlund effectively bridges the gap between our impractical modern culture and the practical wisdom shared in Scripture. Proverbs: Wisdom that Works is a collection of manuscripts from a sermon series on Proverbs. It reads much like a [...]

    9. If the quality of a book is measured by the number of Kindle highlights it receives, this one is off the charts. I really enjoyed this collection of sermons on Proverbs by Ray Ortlund, Jr. His tone is very pastoral and his applications are quite helpful. In structure, Ortlund preaches through the first nine chapters of Proverbs sequentially; the remaining chapters of the book are devoted to various topics that show up throughout Proverbs (money, humility, family, etc.). This would make a great c [...]

    10. I love Ray Ortlund. His writing exudes grace and gospel and humility and joy in the Lord. His insights on Proverbs are penetrating. He greatly models here how to preach Christ from the book of Proverbs. Note: this is not an academic commentary on Proverbs; it reads like a collection of really, really good sermons that preach through proverbs. As such, it stands as an example for preachers to aspire to and to appropriately imitate. Ivy and I read through this together and we both loved it. Highly [...]

    11. The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom on issues ranging from money to sex to speech. However, as Ortlund skillfully demonstrates, the book of Proverbs is also about Christ. Ortlund deals with the first nine chapters as they are, then as he turns to the actual proverbs (chapters 10-31), he groups them by topic rather than verse-by-verse. An insightful, pastoral commentary that can be easily used for personal growth (and, thus, sermon preparation as well).

    12. I highly recommend it if you're interested in understanding the book of Proverbs. It's very readable, and it's not too long.My favorite quote:"Wisdom is the gospel of Christ reshaping us for royalty, as God places us on his anvil and we trust him enough to stay there until his work is done" (Kindle Loc. 272).

    13. I read sections of Ortland's book in preparation for a sermon I delivered a few weeks ago, and still have it handy for further reference as I track our church's Proverbs sermon series over the summer months. Ortland is really a fantastic theologian and writer, and I feel this volume really helps illuminate many key truths about the book of Proverbs.

    14. By no means an academic or scholarly work, although it is well-suited for bible studies and preaching. It provides good insight and breaks it into manageable chunks.

    15. A great expositional commentary showing how the message of the gospel helps bring the instruction of Proverbs home for us.

    16. Great book on Jesus and wisdom Great insights on to what real wisdom is and how to apply in different areas of life. And all about Jesus!

    17. Great book! More of a devotional commentary, but still very helpful in the study of Proverbs. This is the first book I've read in the Preaching the Word commentary series. It won't be my last.

    18. Excellent for those seeking wisdomNicely written. Weaving good technical analysis of the text with an easy to read flow in each chapter. Will be reading this one again!

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