Introduction Proverbs Theme of Proverbs To fear the

Introduction Proverbs Theme of Proverbs To fear the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. 1:7 To fear the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight 9:10 Additional wisdom literature confirms Solomons conclusion. Ecc. 12:13-14 The end of the matter; all has been

heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. . Author Divisions Solomon 1:1 22:16 and 25:1-29:27 Miscellaneous wise men 22:17-24:34 Agur 30:1-33 God the creator and basic truths King Lemuel 31:1-31 Worthy Woman Primary Author King

Solomon Timing: End of the United Kingdom to Hezekiah Condition of Israel: Height of power, wealth, and influence Why did Solomon record these Proverbs? Wisdom Personal experiences Leadership What is a proverb? A concise and often forceful expression of a general truth or piece of advice. Modern examples:

A stitch in time saves nine. A penny saved is a penny earned. An apple a day turns the doctor away. King Solomon What made Solomon uniquely qualified? 1 King 3:5 Solomon asks for and is granted wisdom Solomons wisdom on display To which woman does the child belong? 1 Kings 3:16-28 Consolidation of power 1 Kings 2 Fame 1 Kings 4:29-34, 10:1-13

Wealth 1 Kings 10:14-29 What did Solomon ultimately learn? Experiences 1 Kings 2:10-11 Failings 1 Kings 11:1-4 Reflections 1 Kings 2:18-19 Style of the Book Introduction - 1:1-6 Discourses on Short Subjects - 1:79:18 Miscellaneous proverbs 10:1-31:31 Styles of Construction

Used Equivalents: Where no oxen are, the crib is clean 14:4 Paradox A soft tongue breaketh a bone 25:15 Similarity As a earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear 25:12

Absurdity Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? 17:16 Styles of Construction Used Consequences: Whoever digs a pit shall fall in it 14:4 Commit your works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established 16:3

Relative Value A poor man is better than a liar 19:22 Parallelism Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall 16:18 Numerical Pattern Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand:30:18-19

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