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I’ve shared previously that I enjoy reading the Book of Proverbs from the Bible for wisdom that I can apply to my life. Proverbs covers topics that impact every area of our lives: how we treat others, how we manage our money, how we work, how we relate to God, and more.
Last week, I decided to read through Proverbs again over the next month or two and write down every principle that has anything to do with money. I’ll be sharing what I’m learning in future Sunday posts.
Today, I’ll give a brief introduction to the Book of Proverbs. It was written mostly by Solomon, a Jewish king who is also widely acclaimed as the wisest man who ever lived. In fact, it has been said that Solomon wrote over 3,000 proverbs – but only a portion are recorded and preserved here in scripture. Proverbs was written 350-400 years before Christ.
In Proverbs 1:1-6, Solomon shares his purpose for writing these proverbs: To …
- Attain wisdom and discipline
- Understand words of insight
- Acquire a disciplined and prudent life
- Do what is right and just and fair
- Give prudence to the simple
- Give knowledge and discretion to the young
- Help the wise to add to their learning
- Help the discerning to get guidance
- Understand proverbs and parables and the sayings and riddles of the wise
In Proverbs 1:7, Solomon explains that no one can truly be knowledgeable and wise who does not fear the Lord:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (NIV)
Solomon knows this from his own experience: from what he has done, and what he has observed in the lives of others. He has personally come to grips with, or “owned” the wisdom he shares – things he’s learned the easy way…and the hard way.
From all of his experience, Solomon knows that wisdom comes from God, and he’s observed that not everyone acknowledges God as the source of their wisdom. Many who are “wise” in the world’s way of doing things are often fools in the eyes of God.
In other words, there are a lot of people whom the world looks up to as being smart and wise. But if they don’t fear the Lord, Solomon cautions that you can’t fully count on their wisdom.
Well, that’s it for the brief introduction to the Book of Proverbs. I’ll start sharing some of Solomon’s money wisdom from Proverbs next week.
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