Proverbs 1:1-7, NIV 2011 “1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
What is a Proverb?
Proverbs is a comparison. They compare wisdom against the backdrop of foolishness.
Proverbs 17:1 NIV 2011 “Better a dry crust with peace and quie than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs 5:18-20 NIV 2011 “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. 20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
The book of proverbs is a two - part book.
Proverbs are wisdom literature and therefore they are general principles and not absolute promises.
Proverbs 22:6 NIV 2011 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
What is the purpose or goal of Proverbs?
The single purpose of proverbs is to make us wise or to know wisdom.
Proverbs 1:1-2 NIV 2011 “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;”
WIsdom defined is skill in living - Temper Longman III - scholar “How to Read Proverbs”
Wisdom is skill in living - it is knowledge applied to real life.
Another way to think about wisdom is - IQ versus EQ
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman -
EQ - Being able to continually motivate yourself over the long haul. The ability to hold down a good job for a long season, to be blessed by a consistent and constant relationships, and to passionately pursue your goals with skill.
One way we can understand wisdom is to take a look at the company it keeps.
Proverbs 1:2-4 NIV 2011 - “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—”
Synonyms for Wisdom- vs. 2 - 4
Understanding and knowledge
Righteousness, justice and equity
Prudence and discretion
Who is the audience of this book?
Proverbs 1:1-2 NIV 2011 “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:2 for gaining wisdom and instruction”
Who wants to gain wisdom?
Everybody - to anyone who seeks wisdom
Another audience is the simple - to give prudence to the simple and discretion to the youth. v4
The wise - Let the wise hear and increase in learning, v5
The fool needs to hear wisdom
The good news of this is that all of us act like fools sometimes and we are not beyond the reach of Jesus, who the N.T. says is our wisdom from God.
5. The primary audience of this book is Father speaking to his son(s)
Proverbs 3:1 NIV 2011, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,”
Proverbs 3:1 NIV 2011, “My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof,”
This is call of the God to You. My adopted children through Jesus Christ I want you to live a wise life.
What is the source of Proverbs?
Proverbs 1:7 NIV 2011, ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The source of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
The bible says that Jesus Christ is our wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:18-30 NIV
Colossians 2:1-3 NIV 2011 “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
The question is not only am I pursuing wisdom, but I have come to the person of Jesus Christ who is wisdom, have I given him my sin and received his grace.