• William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 13, 2021

Daily Reading: Proverbs 1-3

Proverbs 1:1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

The most casual of Bible readers probably knows of Solomon. He was the son of David and Bathsheba, and he was endued with great wisdom. The book of Proverbs is a collection of this King’s proverbs. A “proverb” is a wise saying that conveys truth learned by experience or observation. As such, this book has no contextual setting or book long storylines. But when it comes to practical advice for living, there is none better. From work ethic to interpersonal relationships to the parent child dynamic this book covers it all.

In verses 2-4 the entire purpose of the book of Proverbs is outlined.

To know wisdom and instruction

To perceive the words of understanding

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity

To give subtilty to the simple

To give knowledge and discretion to the young

Then, in verse 5 a catchall statement of gigantic proportions is given: A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: It could be said then that if a person reads the Proverbs, hears them, thereby increasing their learning; they are wise. If the wise counsels of this book are attained (lived up to) that person is a person of understanding. This means that the very nature of a person who reads this book will be revealed by their acceptance and obedience to its teachings. In other words, a wise person is wise before learning of these proverbs which is proven by that person keeping them. There are many who pose wisdom but will never be truly wise as proven by their rejection of the clear teachings of the book of Proverbs.

In this book there are basically four classifications of people: the wise, the simple, the scorner, and the fool. By reading the book and noting its effect on one’s behavior they will soon learn which of the four they are.

Enjoy the Book of Proverbs…

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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