What is the purpose of the Proverbs?

21D66A68-A7E9-44E1-9C5D-13FA7F18DDA5King Solomon’s purpose for collecting the proverbs is stated in 1:2-4, which reads:

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. (NLT)

Oh! How we need wisdom today!

Oh! How we need the Book of Proverbs today!

We have tons and tons of information stored in every imaginable way. In general, people are more highly educated than every before. But, in spite of the proliferation of information and our ever-increasing levels knowledge, we are wrestling to grasp some of the simplest things in life. We are struggling to interact with one another appropriately.

It is as though we have lost our bearing.

We have lost our collective moral compass.

The following is offered in an effort to point out the power of the Proverbs for our daily lives. I have chosen to list only a sampling of the verses which speak of wisdom or wise ways. There are many other verses which could be listed.

Still, if you would take a couple of minutes to read these verses, it might just be the thing that the Spirit uses to draw you into this section of the Wisdom Literature. Perhaps you can share it with others so they too might be drawn to and seek God’s wisdom.

Proverbs 1:2 — The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings.

Proverbs 1:7 — Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:20 — Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.

Proverbs 2:2 — Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Proverbs 2:6 — For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:7 — He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity.

Proverbs 2:10 — For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

Proverbs 3:13 — Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding.

Proverbs 3:19 — By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens.

Proverbs 3:21 — My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them,

Proverbs 4:5 — Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don’t forget or turn away from my words.

Proverbs 4:7 — Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.

Proverbs 4:11 — I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.

Proverbs 5:1 — My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.

Proverbs 7:4 — Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.

Proverbs 8:1 — Listen as wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!

Proverbs 8:11 — For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it.

Proverbs 8:12 — I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

Proverbs 9:1 — Wisdom has built her spacious house with seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:10 — Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.

Proverbs 10:13 — Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but fools will be punished with a rod.

Proverbs 10:23 — Doing wrong is fun for a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise.

Proverbs 10:31 — The godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

Proverbs 11:2 — Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 11:12 — It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.

Proverbs 12:8 — Everyone admires a person with good sense, but a warped mind is despised.

Proverbs 13:10 — Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

Proverbs 14:6 — A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

Proverbs 14:8 — The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves.

Proverbs 14:33 — Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.

Proverbs 15:21 — Foolishness brings joy to those who have no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.

Proverbs 15:33 — Fear of the Lord teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honor.

Proverbs 16:16 — How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver!

Proverbs 17:16 — It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom.

Proverbs 17:24 — Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 18:1 — A recluse is self-indulgent, snarling at every sound principle of conduct.

Proverbs 18:4 — A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.

Proverbs 19:8 — To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.

Proverbs 21:30 — Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the Lord.

Proverbs 23:4 — Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time?

Proverbs 23:9 — Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.

Proverbs 23:23 — Get the truth and don’t ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment.

Proverbs 24:3 —A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.

Proverbs 24:7 — Wisdom is too much for a fool. When the leaders gather, the fool has nothing to say.

Proverbs 24:14 — In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

Proverbs 29:3 —The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.

Proverbs 29:15 — To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.


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