The Purpose and the Theme of the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 1:1 – 7)

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Welcome to our study of Proverbs! Both in style and content, the book is somewhat typical of the wisdom literature prevalent in the ancient world. The collection was made for the most part by Solomon (in the 10th century B. C.), who is said to have uttered 3,000 proverbs (I Kings 4:32).

Proverbs is one of the few biblical books that clearly spells out its purpose. As you study the text over the next 7 weeks, keep two things in mind: (1) think carefully about each proverb and (2) try to put each proverb into the bigger context of the teachings of the entire book.

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Scripture Text:

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Proverbs 1:1 – 7

Questions:

1. What is on your mind in the mornings? What do you read, listen to, watch or eat?

2. What greets you in this prologue? What stands out? Why?

3. What does “fear of the Lord” mean? Why is that the controlling principle of all knowledge?

4. Where are you on the road to wisdom: stuck in traffic? backtracking? fast lane? fool’s alley? Why?

5. Where are you needing wisdom now?

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