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Understanding the Book of Proverbs

Updated on December 16, 2014

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Understanding the Book of Proverbs

Proverbs is a book in the Old Testament , or a Hebrew Bible. It is often called the Proverbs of Solomon because , according to tradition, King Solomon wrote it.

The book opens with several poems in praise of wisdom, although most of it, consists of shorter epigrams and proverbs.

The book of Proverbs is part of the Wisdom Literature common to the Ancient Egyptians, Syrians, and Mesopotamians. The purpose of this literature was to train young men for the responsibilities of adult life and they have 31 Chapters of the whole Proverbs.

It covers a wide range of topics, including youth and discipline , family, life self-control and resisting temptation, business matters, words and the tongue, knowing God, marriage, seeking the truth, wealth and poverty, immorality, and of course, wisdom.

They are short poems that is usually in couplet form, containing a holy mixture of common sense and timely warnings. Although they are not meant to teach doctrine, a person who follows their advice will walk closely to God.

The word proverb comes from the Hebrew word that means "to rule or to govern," and these sayings, reminders and admonitions provide profound advice for governing our life.

In Chapter 31, praising a virtuous woman, is one of the best known passages.

It is understand that knowing God is the key to wisdom. They must listen to the thoughts and the lessons from the world's wisest man, and apply these truths to your life. We must not read these proverbs, act on them!

Purpose of writing the Proverbs

The purpose of writing the Book of Proverbs is because it will teach the people of how to attain wisdom and discipline a prudent life, and how to do what is right, just and fair and this is also to apply divine wisdom in daily life and and to provide moral instruction.

Author of Proverbs

Solomon wrote most of this book, with Agur and Lemuel contributing some of the later sections.

The Setting

This is a book of wise sayings, a textbook for teaching people how to live godly lives through the repetition of wise thoughts.

Date Written

Solomon wrote and compiled most of these proverbs early in his reign.

Special Features of the Proverbs

The book uses a varied literary forms: poems, brief parables, pointed questions, and couplets. Other literary devices include antithesis, comparison and personification.

Explanation of Wisdom

God wants his people to be wise.

There are Two kinds of people portray two contrasting paths of life.

First, the fool is the wicked, stubborn person who hates or ignores God.

Second, the wise person seeks how to know and love God.

Importance of Wisdom

When we chose God's way, he grants us wisdom. His word, the Bible leads us to live right, have right relationships, and make right decisions.

Wisdom for Young People

Young People is referring to all youths across the globe.

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.

The supportive verses is found in Psalms 1:1 up to Psalms 9:18

Wisdom for all People

Solomon wanted to impart wisdom to all people, regardless of their age , sex position in society. These short, wise sayings gives us practical wisdom for daily living. We should study them diligently and integrate them into our life.

The supportive verse is found in Proverbs 10:1 up to Proverbs 24:34

Wisdom for the Leaders

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 deal with the King. These are particularly useful for those who are leaders or aspire to be leaders.

This supportive verses is found in Proverbs 25:1 up to Proverbs 31:31.

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Proverbs 3:5-6 is found in the Old Testament of Holy Bible.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is found in the Old Testament of Holy Bible. | Source

Stretching Our Souls

To stretch your soul, reach out with Christ's love.

The supportive bible verse is found in Proverbs 11:17 and it says "The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh."

Things God Hates

Readers and viewers must read this carefully because there are several verses that must be given an attention that there are things that God hates.

For the violent people, it is found in Proverbs 3:31

For those who do eagerness to do evil and a false witness, it is found in Proverbs 6:16-19

For those who are doing untruthful, it is found in Proverbs 12:22

For those who do the way of the wicked, it is found in Proverbs 15:9

For those who are proud, it is found in Proverbs 16:5

For those who Judge unjustly, it is found in Proverbs 17:15

Proverbs on parent child relationships

A lot of readers and viewers suggested me that it must included in my article and it will be fulfilled this time.

Readers and viewers must read the verses carefully because they are many of them.

Proverbs 15:20 - A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 20:20 - If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

Proverbs 27:11- Be wise, my son , and bring joy to my heart ; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

Proverbs 31:28 -Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Bribery Works Wonders!

Proverbs is utterly realistic about the hard facts of life. One is that bribery works. A complete education that is ought to include the fact! Although we asks ourselves "Does bribery make right?" the answer is totally no , Proverbs condemns bribery.

The supportive verse is found in Proverbs 17:8 and the verse says "A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it ; wherever he turns , he succeeds."

Deeper Meanings

Some proverbs, disarmingly obvious at first glance, offer deep truth when chewed on. For instance, verse 17 seems to merely repeat the obvious. Although it is underlying meaning is that a person's character determines his or her actions. They can reflect at length on what this implies about why they do what they do.

The supportive verse is found in Proverbs 12:17 and the verse says "A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. "

Men and women need to be wise to be intimate

Wisdom for marriage is very important today. Successful relationships require understanding, not just a willingness to love.

If you have a mobile phone, pray for God to help Christian marriages to remain strong and to be demonstrations of Christ's love. Pray that Christians contemplating marriage would be committed to life-long union.

The supportive verse is found in whole content of Proverbs 21.

From the video of Proverbs

To who so ever will understand, the history of "mankind" is known to have begun approximately 4.3 million years ago. The old testament of the bible is the "reported" history of a "people". Christianity, as introduced to the world by "The Way" according to the ministry of Jesus (whose date of birth was between 6 and 4 BC), it began approximately at his baptism around 23-28 AD. Christianity was ultimately enforced through captivity and world domination by Romans over 300 years after the reported death of Jesus' at the cross.

Video about Proverbs

Video of Proverbs Chapter 4 from Daily Video Bible

Making Sense of Parallelism

Parallelism is a technical term for the form of Hebrew poetry that repeats a thought in slightly different ways. "Synonymous parallelism is found in in Proverbs 15:30 and it says "A cheerful look brings joy to the heart , and good news gives health to the bones."

The supportive verse is found in Proverbs 10:1 and it says "The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father , but a foolish son grief to his mother."

Audio Bible of Proverbs

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This is the actual content of Proverbs in the Old Testament which is found in the Holy Bible
This is the actual content of Proverbs in the Old Testament which is found in the Holy Bible | Source

Video of Proverbs in King James Version

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