The Title, Purpose And Motto of The Book

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This book is compiled by Solomon, David’s wise, wealthy and famous son who was his successor to Israel’s throne (v. 1). He was David’s 10th son. It’s purpose in general is to help us acquire and apply God’s wisdom to the decisions and activities of daily life. Proverbs was written so that you and I can become wise people, so that we will be more disciplined, and able to do what Is right.

It states that it is particularly profitable to young people who in some areas of life are especially subject to temptation. It will also increase the wisdom of those who are already wise and expand their understanding of the basic principles of life (vv. 2-4). Readiness to learn should be the characteristic of the truly wise person. The first step to wisdom is silence “A wise man will hear,” the second step is listening “and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (v. 5). He goes on to say there is no true knowledge apart from the fear of the Lord (vv. 6-7). All that pretend to be wise and leave the Lord out are fools. The word wisdom occurs thirty-seven times in this book and the word instruction occurs twenty-six times.

It is a sad day when a person isn’t willing to learn new things and especially as it comes from the Word of God. It is sort of like cutting a piece of wood too short when you are building something and not listening to the pro who told us how to measure it. It is even more serious when we mess up our lives by not listening to “The Pro” Solomon when he says “the fear if the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”


Lord, help me to be a person who is listening, testing and learning as God tries to teach me His truth through His Word.

Proverbs 1:1-7 (English Standard Version)

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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