Listen to instruction (Prov 15:31-15:33)

“The ear that heeds wholesome admonitions

Will lodge among the wise.

Those who ignore instruction

Despise themselves.

But those who heed admonitions

Gain understanding.

The fear of Yahweh is instruction in wisdom.

Humility goes before honor.”

Wise people listen to admonitions, while the ignorant ones ignore instruction. They despise themselves. Those who listen to instruction and admonitions gain a better understanding. After all, the fear of God is the true instruction in wisdom. You should choose humility before honors.

Integrity (Prov 11:1-11:4)

“A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh.

But an accurate weight is his delight.

When pride comes,

Then disgrace comes.

But wisdom is with the humble.

The integrity of the upright guides them.

But the crookedness of the treacherous

Destroys them.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath.

But righteousness delivers from death.”

Yahweh wants integrity in humans. They should not use a false scale, but have accurate weights in their business dealings. Pride brings disgrace while humility is wise. Integrity should be your guide, as it is for the upright, because the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. On the day of wrath, riches will not be worth much, but righteousness will deliver you from death.

The prayer of the Israelites (Jdt 6:18-6:21)

“Then the people fell down and worshiped God. They cried out.

‘O Lord God of heaven,

See their arrogance.

Have pity on our people in their humiliation.

Look kindly today

On the faces of those who are consecrated to you.’

Then they reassured Achior. They praised him greatly. Uzziah took him from the assembly to his own house. He gave a banquet for the elders. All that night they called on the God of Israel for help.”

They prayed to the God of heaven. All night long they prayed to the God of Israel. They wanted God to see the arrogance of their enemies. As for their own humility, they wanted God to look kindly upon them. They praised and treated Achior very kindly as they had a banquet for him. In fact, Uzziah took Achior into his own house.

The prayer of King David (1 Chr 29:14-29:19)

“But who am I?

What is my people?

How are we able to make this free will offering?

All things come from you.

Of your own have we given you

We are aliens and transients before you.

As were all our ancestors.

Our days on the earth are like a shadow.

There is no hope.

O Yahweh, our God,

All this abundance that we have provided for building you a house

For your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.

I know, my God, that you search the heart.

You take pleasure in uprightness.

In the uprightness of my heart,

I have freely offered all these things,

Now I have seen your people,

Who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.

O Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors,

Keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people.

Direct their hearts toward you.

Grant to Solomon my son

That with single mind,

He may keep your commandments, your decrees, and your statutes, Performing all of them,

That he may build the temple for which I have made provision.”

Once again, this is a beautiful prayer attributed to King David. It is no wonder that there is such great reverence for him. He prayed for the successful undertaking of the temple by his son Solomon. David, as always was humble. He asked who he and his people are that they should have such richness. Everything that they give in all these wonderful free will donations actually comes from Yahweh. He reminded everyone that we are all transients and aliens in our lifetime. We would have no hope without Yahweh. Only in the uprightness of Yahweh is there pleasure. Yahweh, as the God of our ancestors, should help us now as we try to build this temple. King David wants God to help his son, not only build the temple, but keep all the commandments of Yahweh. Hopefully, he will build the temple with the all these provisions here.

The great prayer of King David (1 Chr 17:16-17:22)

“Then King David went in and sat before Yahweh, and said.

‘Who am I, O Yahweh, God?

What is my house that you have brought me this far?

Even this was a small thing in your sight, O God.

You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come.

You regard me as someone of high rank.

O Yahweh God!

What more can David say to you for honoring your servant?

For you know your servant,

For your servants sake, O Yahweh!

According to your own heart,

You have done all these great deeds,

Making known all these great things.

There is no one like you, O Yahweh.

There is no God besides you,

According to all that we have heard with our ears.

Who is like your people, like Israel?

One nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people,

Making for yourself a name for great and terrible things,

In driving out nations before your people,

Whom you redeemed from Egypt?

You made your people Israel to be your people forever.

You, O Yahweh became their God.”

This is a long stirring prayer ascribed to King David based on 2 Samuel, chapter 7. David was both thankful and hopeful. He was sitting before Yahweh. I assume that this is in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant. He spoke directly to Yahweh. He called him Yahweh, God. There was no one like Yahweh and what he has done for his people. It is a kind of nationalistic prayer for his people. Also he is thankful to Yahweh for choosing him as his humble servant. King David seems to recognize and be thankful for the hand of Yahweh in his life. He never boasts of doing things on his own. King David got his courage from Yahweh.