The book of Proverbs invites people to live with wisdom and in the fear of the Lord in order to experience the good life.
Proverbs offers human words or human wisdom as a vehicle for the divine Word. The two voices we hear in Proverbs 1-9 have been fused together to help us understand that in the observations and sayings of Israel’s human elders, we will hear echoes of the divine, transcendental wisdom.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Proverbs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Proverbs, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
You can trust in God’s wisdom
Linked to Solomon and other wise men, the book of Proverbs includes hundreds of short, clever sayings designed to teach every person how to live and act wisely. Each saying touches on a common area of life and shows us what kind of world we live in and what it looks like to live well before God and toward others.
The wisdom in Proverbs is often described as a lady, but it's not an impersonal force. It's an attribute of God Himself. By fearing or respecting God and reading and obeying the wise, practical counsel found in this book, we develop the important skills and moral mindset we need to live successful, good and goodly lives in God's world.
Purpose of Proverbs
The book of Proverbs contains sayings and riddles featuring wisdom, applied knowledge that helps every person develop practical skills to live well in God's world.
Fear of the Lord
The journey to wisdom begins with fear of the Lord, a reverential and healthy respect of Him. Only then can we embrace a moral mindset.
Ten speeches from a father and four poems from lady wisdom show us that Proverbs is God's own invitation to learn wisdom from previous generations.
The Good Life
Read hundreds of sayings that apply wisdom and fear of the Lord to every subject imaginable. They offer formulas for success but are not promises.
A woman of noble character models someone who takes God's wisdom found in Proverbs and translates it into practical decisions for success in everyday life.
Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
When you turn to the book of Proverbs and read the opening line, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel” (1:1), you expect to start reading proverbs—short, clever sayings that pack a punch and offer you some kind of wisdom on the good life. But that’s not what...