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How to Make Better Decisions, The Book of Proverbs

Updated on November 17, 2014
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Wisdom For All Ages

The Book of Proverbs – Origin
Solomon, the third King of Israel authored the Book of Proverbs almost 3000 years ago. The Book of Proverbs was written in order to help us make wise decisions when dealing with everyday practical concerns. The Book of Proverbs is filled with timeless advice for all ages on such topics as parenting, business, family life, humility, patience and various other topics..


The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 1:1-2
The first two verses of Proverbs introduce us to the author, Solomon, as well as tell us the book was written to give us Moral as well as Mental advice.

Moral Advice
Proverbs 1:2a
states the Book of Proverbs was written for the purpose of “gaining wisdom” and “offering instruction”. Solomon uses each of his proverbs to help us make the right moral decisions. Nothing escaped Solomon's attention. He offers moral advice on such topics as marriage, business, debt, discipline, child rearing and the list goes on. All of his advice is designed to help us choose to do the right thing no matter what comes our way..

Mental Advice
Proverbs 1:2b
states the Book of Proverbs was also written to help us have a better mental “understanding” of this thing called life. Solomon understood the importance of not only “listening'' to wise instruction but also having a good mental outlook in order to have a good moral outlook. His central theme which flows throughout the book, focus your mind on God your heart will follow.

The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 1:3-6
The next four verses of Proverbs continue the idea of using the Book of Proverbs as a model of “prudent behavior” throughout our lifetime. Why is Solomon so adamant about the reader of his proverbs following his advice. It is because when Solomon became king he was asked by God which he wanted more of – wealth or wisdom. Of course Solomon chose wisdom. In the end however he did not listen to his own advice and committed many affronts in the eyes of the Lord. He doesn't was us to make the same mistakes.

The Book of Proverbs – A Warning
Proverbs 1:7b
Closes out the first section of Proverbs with this warning, “fools despise wisdom and instruction,”. Solomon warns about the folly of not taking advice from someone who clearly has more experience than you do or instructions from someone who is more seasoned in life then you are.

The good new is whether you're a Christian or not the Book of Proverbs has a lot of advice to help you get through this road trip we call life. You only have to do as Solomon says “listen” to the words as you read them, “learn” from from what you've read and then let what you've learned guide your actions.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      5 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      You make a great point - even for a non-Christian the wisdom of Proverbs is no less valid, and can lead to a better life. A person can never have the best of life without Christ. But anybody will benefit by paying heed, for example, to the admonition in Prov 1 to not run with those who lie in wait to rob and kill people. I suppose the lesson is that we shouldn’t shy away from sharing those truths even with people who don’t yet believe.

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