The Book of Proverbs (Hebrew: מִשְלֵי, Míshlê (Shlomoh), "Proverbs (of Solomon)") is a book in the third section (called Ketuvim) of the Hebrew Bible and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Proverbs raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life, and righteous conduct.
Many times, when we face a difficult decision in life, we seek out a second opinion from another, going to the wisest person we know. Wisdom is the ability to take the knowledge and understanding that we have acquired and apply it to life’s situations. Thus, as we have seen back in chapter 4, verse... Continue Reading →
Solomon sets out on the difficult task of helping his son (in essence all you people), to see that marriage is a beautiful arrangement, while a life of immorality will only bring pain and difficulty, if not death. The reality is quite simple, if we heed his counsel, we will live. On the other hand,... Continue Reading →
Again, Solomon is offering advice or counsel to his son, which if heeded, will not only help him avoid the pitfalls of life, leading to a far more peaceful life but will also enhance his character among the people. Hence, if we want to avoid the ruination of both our reputation with others, as well... Continue Reading →
On a deeper level, where a young one's character is formed, children want to be told what they can and cannot do. They need guidance to help them adapt themselves to the world without becoming part of the world. Children need to look to their parents for this biblically guided direction throughout their childhood. If... Continue Reading →
In ancient times when books were scarce, it was only natural that views on life and manners should be reduced into the fewest words possible, which could then be more easily committed to memory. In those days, people carried wise sayings about and quoted them from time to time as they served as a protection.... Continue Reading →
Authorship Solomon is attributed as the author at the introduction of three sections of the book of Proverbs. (Prov. 1:1; 10:1; 25:1) This would be in agreement with that Solomon "spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five." (1 Kings 4:32) There is very little doubt that many, if not all,... Continue Reading →