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Deep Waters and a Flowing Brook
1. This could be an antithetical parallelism. (contrasting two items)
Þ A contrast between man’s mouth and God’s wisdom
Þ A contrast between the words of a fool (hidden) and the words of a wise man
o While possible, I take Solomon’s words differently here.
2. It is better to understand this to be a synthetic parallelism. (building blocks – a statement is made and then added to…)
Þ The wisdom of man’s mouth described and them amplified
i. Strongs: deep, mysterious, unsearchable
ii. Profound; that which is below the surface…
iii. Eccl. 7:24 – that which is far off and exceedingly deep; who can find out?
iv. The words of a wise man are deep… difficult… mysterious… beneath the surface, and hence requires some effort & meditating to understand.
i. It is not bad to be deep. It can be very good.
ii. I Cor. 2:10 - Paul speaks of the deep things of God that can only be understood by means of the HS.
iii. Some truths lie on the surface and are easy to grasp.
iv. Other truths require digging beneath the surface. They are deep… but worth finding! Worth the effort!
v. A wise man has a DEEP treasure chest full of rich gems of truth…
vi. Prov.10:14 – he lays it up like treasure in his heart.
vii. Prov.10:31 – his mouth is a source of wisdom.
i. A wise counselor will be able to draw out of a man his true motives… issues… problems…and will help him see them in a true light.
ii. The point of the “deep waters” is to describe a sense of difficulty in drawing out.
iii. A well or a cistern has deep waters… and that water takes some effort to obtain.
iv. The point in 18:4 is that the words of a wise man are often very DEEP, but they CAN be drawn out.
v. Wisdom is available… but it takes some listening… discerning… intelligence… diligence.
vi. Take the words of Solomon for example. His words are wise and deep… but it takes some DIGGING to understand his meaning…
vii. II Pet. 3:16-16 - Some portions of Scripture are hard to be understood.
viii. The meaning does not necessarily lie on the surface. You have to THINK.
i. Prov. 2:1-6 – Solomon’s wise words are DEEP beneath the surface.
ii. However, diligent searching will be rewarded by FINDING the wisdom of his words.
iii. So keep on digging! Don’t give up.
i. A wise man will have a heart after God…
ii. A wise man will thirst after wisdom and will FIND it in the Lord and His Word.
iii. He will be continually drinking in those waters.
iv. Solomon’s point is that this wise man will ALSO be a source of great words of wisdom to those around him.
v. He found an endless supply of living waters in God Himself. He will have wisdom to share... wisdom overflowing… an endless source of wisdom…
a. Prov.13:14 - The law of the wise is a fountain of life.
i. The term “fountain” is the same term as “well” in 10:11.
ii. The term means a “spring or flow” (of water).
iii. It speaks of a flow of liquid or the source of the flow (a spring; a brook)
iv. It is translated “wellspring” in Prov. 18:4.
v. Again – a fountain of water that provides continual flow of cool refreshing water… a wise man’s mouth provides a continual flow of refreshing wisdom.
b. Prov. 10:11 – The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life.
i. The term “well” is the same term as “wellspring”. It speaks of a spring or flowing fountain… not a stagnant pool or a cistern.
ii. As a spring of water, it is an ongoing source of refreshment and satisfaction.
c. John 7:38-39 – A truly wise man is yielded to the HS… and in him will be an endless flow of wisdom and blessings of all kinds… sourced in God Himself.