The Proverbs of Solomon – Introduction

Big idea: The Proverbs were written by King Solomon, the wisest man whom lived, to give practical wisdom, and ultimately find the right path and success in our lives.

ScriptureThese are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
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.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:1-7 NLT

Who was King Solomon? “Peaceful One”
Solomon was the son of King David and his wife Bathsheba.
He was born into privilege and wealth.
When his father David died at 70, Solomon, then 20, became King.
Feeling very young and inexperienced, he asked God for help.

Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship. The most important of these places of worship was at Gibeon, so the king went there and sacrificed 1000 burnt offerings.  

That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

Solomon replied, “You showed faithful love to Your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to You. And You have continued Your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. “Now, O Lord my God, You have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of Your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!

Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern Your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of Yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.

So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing My people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies– I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!  And I will also give you what you did not ask for–riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!

And if you follow Me and obey My decrees and My commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
1 Kings 3:3-14 NLT

God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. … His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations.  He composed some 3 ,000 proverbs and wrote 1 ,005 songs. He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish. And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.
1 Kings 4:29-34 NLT

What is a Proverb?
The English word comes from “pro” — “instead of” and “verbs” — “words”
Proverbs are pithy statement, which summarize practical truth relating to everyday life.
They are not necessarily doctrine or promises.

E.g. “The early bird catches the worm”
“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks”
“Never look a gift horse in the mouth”
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

The key to finding true wisdom begins with “the fear of God”.   Joel
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 ESV

From our healthy relationship with God (our fear of God);
Through his love in us and shining through us, we have access to wisdom.
That wisdom, when applied to all aspects of life, will help us find balance and purpose.
A balanced life will keep us healthy, whole and fruitful in all areas.

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