Proverbs Chapter 1:9
Verse 9 says; “For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
To the Israelite's mind no signs or badges of joy or glory were higher in worth than the garland around the head The gold chain around the neck, worn by kings and the favourites of kings. Joseph in Genesis 41:42; and Daniel 5:29. are two cases in point.
Political dignity is distinguished in many nations by a chain of gold about the neck. Someone told me once that even if I didn't like the person wearing the robes and the chain I must respect the office they represented and pray for them. I am sure when Pharaoh elevated Joseph not everyone was happy about it. But I am also sure they never complained loudly about it either. Whenever anyone saw those ornaments they immediately knew something significant had occurred I like the way the Apostle Peter writes that our beauty should not be an external one, consisting of braided hair or the wearing of gold ornaments and dresses. But instead, it should be the inner disposition of the heart, consisting in the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of very great value in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4).
I don't think he was just writing about women there but about all of us allowing the beauty of Jesus to be seen in us. We were just reading about respecting parental guidance. The Prodigal Son's downfall was a direct consequence of disobeying the law concerning parents. His elder brother was no better. The most significant person in this story was the father. Only he was consistent in the way he loved his sons.
I love this story and how when the boy returned home shoes on his feet, a ring of authority on his finger and his father put a robe on his shoulders. He and his father were one again with all the rights and privileges of a son restored to him.
Our Heavenly Father would remind us today; He will always BE our Father, We will always BE His child.
A Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs ©2009