Family Wisdom – Proverbs 31

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Mother’s Wisdom (31:1–7)

The book of Proverbs ends with two poems that can be titled: A Mother’s Advice (cf. Prov. 31:1–9) and An Excellent Wife (cf. Prov. 31:10–31). These poems are identified as originating with King Lemeul’s mother. Continue reading Family Wisdom – Proverbs 31

The Wisdom of Agur – Proverbs 30

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Source of Wisdom (30:1–9)

In our first week of study, we noted that Solomon wrote most of the proverbs in this book. Yet, the book itself identifies other authors who contributed to the text, including: Hezekiah’s servants, Agur, and Lemuel. Continue reading The Wisdom of Agur – Proverbs 30

General Wisdom – Proverbs 29

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Righteous Relationships (29:1–7)

As is the case in the larger section of this book (i.e., Prov. 10–29), so here in this chapter we see that Solomon addresses a variety of issues. A common theme in Prov. 29:1–7 is that in these first few verses Solomon addresses several different relationships in which man engages. Continue reading General Wisdom – Proverbs 29

Appetites and Wisdom – Proverbs 23

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Beware of Envy (23:1–8)

Given mankind’s fallen nature, one of the temptations with which we often struggle is controlling our human appetites (e.g., food, drink, sex, sleep, etc.). Furthermore, we often struggle over envying others who have a greater ability than us to gratify their own desires. Continue reading Appetites and Wisdom – Proverbs 23

Providence and Wisdom – Proverbs 21

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Providence, Plans, and Work (21:1–8)

As with the other chapters in the current section of this book (cf. Prov. 10–29), Proverbs 21 contains a wide variety of proverbs that apply wisdom to many different areas of life. Continue reading Providence and Wisdom – Proverbs 21

Sovereignty and Wisdom – Proverbs 16

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Sovereignty and Free Will (16:1–9)

As with most of the other chapters in this section of the book of Proverbs, so in chapter 16 many of the sayings are related to each other; yet, they are not necessarily connected in a logical argument. A main theme in Prov. 16:1–9 is the relationship between man’s free will and God’s sovereignty. Continue reading Sovereignty and Wisdom – Proverbs 16

The Way of Wisdom – Proverbs 14

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Reverence and Speech (14:1–10)

The material in Proverbs chapters 10–29 is to some extent more scattered than the content of Proverbs 1–9, 30–31. This not to say that the proverbs here are inferior; rather, it is merely the case that, for the most part, the sayings in these chapters tend to be more individual in nature, being only loosely tied together. Continue reading The Way of Wisdom – Proverbs 14

Excellence of Wisdom – Proverbs 8

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Availability of Wisdom (8:1–11)

As he had done back in Prov. 1:20–21, so here in Proverbs 8:1–3 Solomon personifies wisdom as a wise woman standing in a public place (i.e., a marketplace, a pathway, a hill, or in city gates) offering herself freely to all of her hearers. Continue reading Excellence of Wisdom – Proverbs 8

Perils of Foolishness – Proverbs 5

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Present Temptation (5:1–6)

Back in Prov. 2:16 Solomon had noted that wisdom will “deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words.” Then, in Prov. 2:17–22, Solomon described the temptation that the immoral woman represents for the man of God, as Solomon concludes that embracing her will result in death. Continue reading Perils of Foolishness – Proverbs 5

The Security of Wisdom – Proverbs 4

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Heritage of Wisdom (4:1–13)

Thus far in the book of Proverbs, Solomon has used the term “son” nine times, “father” two times, and “mother” one time. Furthermore, he has referred to wisdom’s benefit of “life” or a “long life” six times. Continue reading The Security of Wisdom – Proverbs 4