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1. What inherited meaning does your name have? What other names do you go by?
2. In your upbringing, which had the most effect: punishment and discipline or verbal instruction and encouragement?
3. How can a good name be more valuable than riches?
4. How should we view the rich and poor (verses 2, 7, 9, 16)? What do they have in common? How do they differ? How might they depend on each other? Who does God bless and why?
5. What distinguishes the “wicked”, the “simple”, the “mocker”, the “sluggard” and the “adulteress” from the “prudent” and the “pure in heart”?
6. What child-rearing principle and promise do you see in verses 6 and 15? Does this general rule offer an absolute guarantee? What about the child’s freedom to choose, despite perfect parenting?
7. Again, in regards to verse 6 (and related verses) – how does human nature, sin, and God’s grace figure into the mix of skillful parenting?
8. What have you done (or could do) to make – or unmake – a good name for yourself, your family, your profession?
9. What kind of child to your Heavenly Father have you proven to be? Whose faith do you have now: your own? your parents? no faith at all? Why?
10. Verse 13 smacks of “excuses, excuses”. How do you procrastinate in your relationship with God?