1 Kings 3:3-12
1 Kings 4:29-34
Solomon was 20 years old when he became king.
The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon but was most likely sorted and compiled into what we have now by King Hezekiah.
These verses lay out the title, goal and theme.vs. 2-6 give purpose and benefit of the book–it instills wisdom in the reader–practical (wise dealing)–intellectual (increase in learning)–moral (righteousness, justice and equity)–probing or inquiring (to understand proverbs and riddles)
Proverbs are for all people – male and female, ignorant or educated, young or old or rich or poor.
Explain verses 1-4
vs. 5 – Proverbs seek to instill teachability – the willingness to grow in wisdom. Never stop learning. Read books. Read 1 book 3 times or 5 books on a subject and you are considered an expert on that subject.
vs. 7 This is the core of Proverbs – overall theme The quest for wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. Knowledge and Wisdom
Knowledge – correct understanding of the world and oneself as creatures of an Almighty God. Wisdom – is the acquired skill of applying that knowledge or the art of living a godly life. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge – this verse says that we go to the Creator of the universe with humility and reverance.
As the Lord reveals wisdom to you, you find that a Biblical pursuit of understanding is the way He has always designed it. By using “The Lord” instead of the more generic “God”, Solomon points out that truth is found in Israel’s God. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
Fools – Their way is pure folly and destined to failure. The contrast between wisdom and folly dominate a minor theme in Proverbs. Wisdom and Righteousness and the Fear of the Lord is set against the way of evil and fools.