Proverbs overview

Greetings!  This reading is an overview of Proverbs.  Grab your Bible and scan through Proverbs.  We’ll cover 5-6 chapters over the next couple weeks. 

Who wrote this and when was it written?  Solomon, the son of King David and Bathsheba, wrote most of Proverbs early in his reign (roughly 960 B.C.).

To whom was it written?  It was aimed at young people, but obviously has application for us all.

Why was it written?  To teach us wisdom and how to lead Godly, productive, dynamic lives. 

Proverbs 1:1-7 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

We are constantly either making decisions or living with their consequences.  Christians should ensure that everything we decide to do is moral and wise.  As long as it meets those criteria, we have a lot of freedom to make decisions based on our own personal preferences. 

There is a big difference between intelligence and wisdom.  Many people are intelligent but not particularly wise, and vice-verse.  Wisdom helps you make good decisions and avoid the painful consequences of bad ones.

How do we get wisdom?  Ask God for it and seek it with all our heart.  In James 1:5 we are told to ask for wisdom when facing trials and promises that God will give it: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  

Living wise lives is also an excellent witness to the world, as others will see the huge difference that God’s Word makes in our lives when we take it seriously.

Proverbs are fairly easy to understand, but they are so chock full of wisdom that I have to read them slowly (or more than once) to get the most out of them.  The are generally universal in application, though there are obviously exceptions to many of them. 

Feel free to share any comments you have on Proverbs or wisdom.

The next reading is Proverbs 1.

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One Response

  1. I was looking for more of an outline. This really wasn’t it.
    At least I didn’t find what I was looking for here.
    Not necessarily your fault with the document, it just wasn’t what I needed for what I was looking for.

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