Proverbs 1:1-14

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Proverbs 1

I. The Preface (1:1-7)

A. The author and the literary form (1:1)

1 The proverbs (i.e. wise sayings - sayings taken from everyday life intended to serve as practical, divine guidelines for successful living) of Solomon the son of David (he did not write the entire book but he wrote most of it), king of Israel;

B. The purpose of the book (1:2-6)

2 To know wisdom (i.e. the practical use of knowledge) and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice (i.e. righteousness), and judgment (i.e. justice), and equity (i.e. uprightness);

4 To give subtilty (i.e. prudence) to the simple (i.e. those who are not spiritual stalwarts and who are easily influenced), to the young man knowledge and discretion.

5 A wise man will hear (implies hear and obey or heed), and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels (the one who will heed what is written in Proverbs will receive advice which will enable him to guide himself through life in a manner which is pleasing to God):

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings (i.e. riddles or enigmas).

C. The theme of the book (1:7)

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning (i.e. starting point) of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

A. The value of wisdom in giving honor (1:8-9)

A lesson from a Father to a Son (1:8-9)

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

9 For they (i.e. the instruction of your father and law of your mother) shall be an ornament (i.e. garland, wreath, or crown) of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

B. The value of wisdom in preserving from disaster (1:10-33)

A Second lesson From a Father to a Son (1:10-19)

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood (i.e. commit murder), let us lurk privily (secretly - let's ambush) for the innocent without cause:

12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: