Thursday, May 5, 2022
I’m excited to start a new study series on the book of Proverbs. It is full of wisdom and advice on everyday living. Here is a rundown of what we will study in the book of Proverbs.
- Chapters 1-9, ending at verse 18, we will study wisdom for young people. Solomon gave out advice to young people as a fatherly figure. These proverbs are directed at young people; adults can get something out of them. The primary purpose of these proverbs is to help believers of all kinds get wisdom from Solomon. Starting out, you will get great benefits from these wise sayings.
- In chapters 10-24, ending at verse 34, we will study wisdom for all people. Solomon wanted to give knowledge to all people, no matter who they were. Wise sayings always provide practical insight for living. As we go through the book of Proverbs, study these wise sayings from Solomon and start integrating them into your life.
- In chapters 25-31, ending at verse 31, we will study wisdom for leaders. Now, this is a significant section of the study. Leaders have to understand how to be leaders. The first step of leadership is willing to learn. The men of Hezekiah collected these proverbs that Solomon wrote. Most of these were general statements; many were directed towards the king and those who dealt with the king. These are useful for anyone going into leadership or inspiring to be a leader.
After reading and studying the book of Proverbs, you will learn to teach people how to attain wisdom and discipline and prudent life and do what is right and just and fair. In other words, apply knowledge to your life and provide moral instruction.
I am excited to learn and grow with you learning wisdom that we can all use in our daily lives. Let’s get started.
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or philosopher. These studies are based in the Bible. Consult with a Ph.D. or a counselor if you need further insight.
Wise Sayings of Solomon
A Manual for Living
1 1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still, a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.
Start with God
7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
-Proverbs 1:1-7 The Message
The Beginning of Knowledge
1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Verse 1 study: The book of Psalm is a dedication to prayer and devotional life. The book of Proverbs gives practical suggestions to live effectively. Proverbs is more than a collection of homey sayings; it contains deep spiritual insights drawn from experience. A proverb is a short, wise, easy-to-learn saying that calls a person to action. It doesn’t argue fundamental spiritual and moral beliefs; it does assume we hold them. Proverbs focus on God, his character, work, and blessings, and it tells how we can live in a close relationship with him.
Solomon, the third king of Israel and the son of the great King David, reigned during Israel’s golden age. God said he would give him whatever he wanted. So, Solomon asked for an understanding heart (1 Kings 3:5-14). God was pleased with this request and granted that request. God also gave him great riches and power and an era of peace. He gave him wisdom. Solomon built the glorious temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6) and wrote most of the book of Proverbs.
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” -1 Kings 3:5-14 ESV
Verse 6 study: Riddles were made to provoke thinking and questions.
Verse 7 study: The most annoying person is someone who thinks they know it all, a person who has an opinion on everything. These people are closed-minded, do not like discipline, and don’t want to learn. Solomon calls these types of people fools. Don’t be a know-it-all. Be open to advise and learning. Be open to those who know well about the subject you are struggling with and can give you good insight and counsel. Learn how to learn from others; God is the only one that knows it all.