What is the Purpose of the Book of Proverbs?
Today's study is Prov. 1:1-7.
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, kind of Israel:
2 For gaining wisdom and being instructed; for understanding insightful sayings;
3 for receiving wise instruction [in] righteousness, justice, and integrity;
4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man--
5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance--
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
This is pretty self explanatory but will break it all down anyhow just to be sure the way I'm seeing it that is. ;)
To gain wisdom and receive our instructions on how we are to live our lives according o the Lord. To learn how to speak properly; in other words to learn to control our tongues.
The instructions we are given comes from the Lord, which are wise as He will never lead us astray. These instructions are given to make us righteous, non-judgmental, and to have integrity.
Definition of Integrity: honest. Taken from Webster's pocket dictionary. The instructions are to make us righteous, non-judgmental and to be honest!
Proverbs also is to help us become knowledgeable, and how to be discerning; to know right from wrong; to know the difference between God speaking and the enemy.
Those who read and follow the Book of Proverbs are wise and learns to listen. When reading Prov. and following we are given the ability to understand the words and parables that Jesus often uses to guide us.
Fearing the Lord is just the beginning of what we should do; for those who do not accept wisdom and instruction.