The book of Proverbs is one of the poetic works included in the Old Testament. It is found after the book of Psalms and before the Ecclesiastes, and is composed of 31 chapters, wherein we find 31 pieces of wisdom, one for every day of the month. Indeed, the author of the book of Proverbs promises to his readers: “let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—” (Proverbs 1:5)! Here's a short introduction to his wonderful book to spur you to delve deeper.
The word “proverb” means “to speak using comparisons.” The Bible is full of proverbs, illustrated lessons taken from observations about life and nature. The book of Proverbs aims to give wise, practical instructions on how to behave day-to-day. In the book’s prologue, the author speaks about the goal of these instructions, saying: “for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young?” (Proverbs 1:2-4).
Of all the kings of Judea, Solomon is undeniably the richest. The book of Proverbs gives us access to the wisdom of he who, during his reign, made gold and silver as common as stones. The Bible tells us, in the book of kings, that God gave him this exceptional wisdom because he asked for it with all his heart for the purpose of governing the people under his responsibility well. Therefore, it is a true privilege to receive advice from this renowned king.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” (Proverbs 1:8-9)
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
“The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.” (Proverbs 12:27)
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)