The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings.
Although there are many proverbs within the book that stand alone, the book does have an overall theme or message so it’s important that they are read in context.
It deals with important issues and has advice worth paying attention to. It covers many issues from friendship, love and forgiveness through to warnings against laziness, anger or lust, plus many other important issues, all of which are still relevant to us today.
Authorship: The majority of proverbs were written by Solomon
Type of Literature: Poetry
Purpose of Book:
Proverbs is full of instruction on how to live a moral life and conduct ourselves in a way that is pleasing to God.
For those kings following Solomon, it was clear to them that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of great wisdom, whether they chose to live by that or not, and this is still the case today.
It showed the clear contrast between wisdom and living a life of foolishness.
1: The importance of wisdom
2. Proverbs of Solomon.
3. Words of the wise (1)
4. Words of the wise (2)
5. Additional sayings of Solomon
6. Words of Agur
7. Sayings of Lemuel
The Fear of The Lord. The book makes it clear to us that this is important if we want to please God. This is where wisdom begins.
Handling Emotions. There are many proverbs warning us against acting on our anger, lust, jealousy or fear and instead learning patience.
Finances. This is an area that can easily cause us to stumble and there are many words of advice and warning on this subject within the book.
The Tongue. Our words get us into trouble continuously, Proverbs has many words of wisdom and warnings regarding controlling our tongue.
Honesty & Integrity. If we go back to fearing the Lord, then honesty and integrity will be something that we value and understand the importance of. Proverbs is clear in this.