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Regarding Scripture: Proverbs 1.1-6

This month we will take our articles from the book of Proverbs and examine a few of the thoughts contained within. Our starting place will be the opening verses of Proverbs.

Proverbs 1.1 accredits King Solomon as the writer. This allows us to recall that Solomon is the last king of Israel as she stood as a united kingdom. She was at the height of her power, and influence; under Saul, David and Solomon she only endured 120 years. Unfortunately, after Solomon’s death, the kingdom’s unification quickly deteriorated and was divided between Rehoboam (Judah-South) and Jeroboam (Israel-North).

I Kings 10.4-5 tells us that Solomon’s wisdom, the splendor of his court’s apparel, dignity and stature, and that his worship of God were so impressive that the queen of Sheba lost her breath. Solomon was richly blessed. Blessed, not because of his own accomplishments, but because when established as king, he asked God for wisdom and knowledge to lead the children of Israel (II Chronicles 1.10-13).
Jehovah was so pleased with Solomon’s request that God gave him “wisdom and knowledge beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore.” In other words Solomon’s wisdom and knowledge never ended: he was wiser than anyone, he spoke 3000 proverbs, wrote 1005 songs, and spoke about everything in nature – I Kings 4.29-34-ESV.

So when we read these proverbs, it is not just Solomon’s wisdom that we hear and understand, but the wisdom that comes from Jehovah, Himself.

Solomon’s proverbs are statements that “effectively [express] some commonplace truth or useful thought” (dictionary.com) but are beneficial to the simple, the young, and the wise – Proverbs 1.4-6.

It is simply amazing what God through Solomon allows one to know through the proverbs. The proverbs permit a person to know, to perceive, & to receive.

To know
Proverbs 1.2a states that Solomon’s proverbs will allow one to apprehend clearly and with certainty. So, it is possible, that a person can know with clarity and certainty both wisdom and instruction.

To Perceive
Proverbs 1.2b of the KJV says to perceive words of understanding (knowledge). The ESV adds that the proverbs provide the means for an individual “to understand words of insight.”

To Receive
Proverbs 1.3 states that a person gains instruction (meaning correction and discipline) through Solomon’s proverbs. The ESV says this instruction applies to “wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity.”

May God bless us all as beneficiaries of the timeless quality of His commonplace truths and useful thoughts contained in Proverbs.

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