The Relationship Between Ethics and Sanctions in Proverbs 1-7

In proverbs 1-7, there is a contrast between those who seek wisdom and those who hate wisdom. For those who seek (and find) wisdom, there are positive sanctions. In proverbs 3:15-16, for those who find wisdom, there will be the positive sanctions of long life, riches, and glory. Wisdom is ethical, therefore, those who hate wisdom are wicked, and there are negative sanctions for the wicked:”but the wicked shall be destroyed from the earth: and they who do  unjustly will be taken away from it” proverbs 2:22.

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