The book of Proverbs is packed with God’s wisdom and what’s more, these short sayings are easy to understand and apply to our lives.
Jimi Hendrix once said knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.
Many of the eternal truth in the Bible have to be carefully inked, like gold deep underground. The book of Proverbs, however, is like a mountain stream littered with nuggets just waiting to be picked up.
Proverbs fall into a ancient category called wisdom literature other examples include the book of Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament. Some Psalms are also characterized as wisdom Psalms.
Like the rest of the Bible, Proverbs points to God’s plan of salvation but perhaps more subtly. This book showed the Israelites the right way to live, God’s way. As they put this wisdom to use, they would have demonstrated qualities of Christ toward each other as well as setting an example for the gentiles around them.
I’ve heard it said that Psalms and Revelations are the two most important books in the Bible, but I think I would add the book of Proverbs to that.
The book of Proverbs has so much to teach us today. It’s timeless wisdom helps us avoid trouble, observe the Golden Rule and honor God with our lives.
The Author of the book of Proverbs is written by King Solomon famous for him wisdom, he was said to be the smartest man during that time. Other contributors included a group of men called “The wise, Agur and King Lemuel.
Proverbs was written during the reign of King Solomon, 971-931 BC. (before Christ)
Proverbs has several audiences. It is addressed to parents for instruction to their children. The book also applies to men and women who are seeking wisdom, and finally, it supplies practical advice for today’s readers who want to a godly life.
Although Proverbs was written in Israel thousands of years ago, it’s wisdom applies to any culture at any time.
Themes Of Proverbs
Every person can have right relationships with God and others by following the timeless advice in Proverbs. It’s many themes cover work, money, marriage, friendship, family life, perseverance, and pleasing God.
The characters in Proverbs are types of people we can learn from; wise people, fools, simple folks, and the wicked. They are used in these short sayings to point out behavior we should avoid or imitate.
Proverbs 1:7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 18:22. He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 30:5. Every word of God’s is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
An outline of Proverbs
Proverbs 1:9-18. Benefits of wisdom and warnings against adultery and folly.
Proverbs 10:1, 24:34. Wise advice for all people.
Proverbs 25:1, 31:31. Wise advice for leaders.