Solomon instructed the young people of his day like a father giving advice to his child. While many of these proverbs are directed toward young people, the principles supporting them are helpful to all believers, male and female, young and old. Anyone beginning his or her journey to discover more of wisdom will benefit greatly from these wise sayings.
Solomon wanted to impart wisdom to all people, regardless of their age, sex or position in society. These short, wise sayings give us practical wisdom for daily living. We should study them diligently and integrate them into our life.
Knowledge is good, but there is a vast difference between “knowledge” (having the facts) and “wisdom” (applying those facts to life). We may amass knowledge, but without wisdom our knowledge is useless. We must learn how to live out what we know.
In the first of these three volumes, Solomon passes on his practical advice in the form of proverbs. A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys moral truth. The book of proverbs is a collection of these wise statements. The main theme of Proverbs, as we might expect, is the nature of true wisdom. Solomon writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (1:7). He then proceeds to give hundreds of practical examples of how to live according to Godly wisdom.
In addition to the proverbs that Solomon collected, the men of Hezekiah collected many proverbs that Solomon and others wrote. While most of these are general in nature, many are directed specifically to the king and those who dealt with the king. These are particularly useful for those who are leaders or aspire to the leaders.
As you read Proverbs, understand that knowing God is the key to wisdom. Listen to the thoughts and lessons from the world’s wisest man, and apply these truths to your life. Don’t just read these proverbs; act on them!
Solomon wrote most of this book, with Agur and Lemuel contributing some of the later sections.
Solomon wrote and compiled most of these proverbs early in his reign.
This is a book of wise sayings, a textbook for teaching people how to live godly lives through the repetition of wise thoughts.
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