1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:1-7 (NLT)
I have always enjoyed reading through the book of Proverbs. There is much wisdom to be found here. Occasionally there is something that causes me to raise my eyebrows. There is even some humor as well. The book begins by introducing the author, King Solomon. Most of the sayings in this book are attributed to Solomon but as you get further along you do see other authors.
Some of the books of the Bible don’t give a reason for why they were written or compiled. Proverbs tells you right up front. These sayings were written down so the reader could gain insight from those who are wise. They are meant to teach. Wisdom and Discipline are recurring themes throughout the book. I don’t know how many times I have heard verse 7 quoted. I’ve seen it on posters, screen savers, and even cross-stitched onto pillows.
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Solomon basically says, “Hey, here are some very wise words. You would do well to not only hear them but to put them into practice.”
I intend to use this blog to go through Proverbs and share my thoughts. This is mostly for my benefit but if anyone is still out there reading, feel free to chime in.
Grace and peace.