Why I Read Proverbs Every Day
This article outlines a practical way of incorporating the book of Proverbs into everyday family devotions or personal devotions, and explains the value of doing so.
God's Will as Expressed in Proverbs
Theology in Proverbs
The book of Proverbs presents wisdom as a gift of God which is sustained by continual reliance on God's word.
Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs
This article provides seven pointers on how to glean as much as possible from reading Proverbs.
How the Proverbs Turn Poverty into Prosperity
What are factors contributing to poverty? This article looks at single mothers, violent crime, segregation by race and income, school quality, and income inequality as contributors and how the book of Proverbs sheds some light on them.
Listening and Counseling
This article shows that being a biblical listener is a prerequisite for being an effective counsellor. It examines several passages from Proverbs from the perspective of being a loving counsellor who listens.
Foolishness, Cause for a World of Hurt
With the teaching of Proverbs in mind, this article explains what [[foolishness] entails: a lack of foresight, a general disregard for consequences, and a desire for what I want. It then offers three things to avoid foolishness: learn from the past, make different choices, and pray for a changed heart.
Why Study the Book of Proverbs?
This article considers the kind of wisdom of which Proverbs speaks, and why this makes it a book to study.
The Provocative People of Proverbs
Proverbs is full of warnings against provocative people with whom one should not associate. This article looks at eight such people.
Proverbs 1-9 as a Solomonic Composition
Vocabulary, theology, and mode of expression in Proverbs 1-Proverbs 9 indicate that the same author is probably responsible for writing Proverbs 10:1-22:16 and Proverbs 25-29.
The Doctrine of the “Two Ways” in Proverbs
People and actions are often presented in Proverbs in polar extremes—the wise and the foolish, the righteous and the wicked, and actions that lead to honour or shame.
Proverbs 1:1-7 – Proverbs: Let's Begin
Chapter 2 is a sermon on Proverbs 1:1-7. Its main focus is on the significance of the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs – Why the Book of Proverbs Matters
Chapter 1 is an introduction to the significance and character of the book of Proverbs. It is a portrayed as a very practical book, but never simplistic or moralistic. It is a part of Israel’s wisdom literature, which is nothing less than the grace of God beautifying our daily lives.
Proverbs – Introduction
In this chapter Longman introduces the book of Proverbs. Different aspects of the book are explored: it title, canonicity, place and function in the canon, authorship, date, social setting, text, genre (wisdom), literary style, structure, ancient Near Eastern background, Sumerian wisdom, Egyptian instruction, and Akkadian wisdom.
Righteousness in Proverbs
One of the themes characterizing the book of Proverbs is that of righteousness. What does it mean to be righteous? This article looks at the meaning of righteousness in the book of Proverbs. It shows how righteousness relates to the law of Moses, and how righteousness manifests itself in social life.
Christ Through Proverbs
How to Help a Friend …By Being One First!
An Introduction to Proverbs (4)
Wisdom is the main theme of the book of Proverbs. Not everyone agrees with the statement that the book of Proverbs presents wisdom as identifying with Christ. Therefore, this article looks at the objection to this based on the fact that wisdom is presented as a woman. The author maintains that understanding the nature of this feminine identification does not nullify the link between wisdom and Christ.
An Introduction to Proverbs (3)
Wisdom is the main theme of the book of Proverbs. This book presents wisdom as identifying with Christ. Wisdom teaches the doctrine of eternal generation and antithesis. Next to this teaching, Proverbs lays out a gospel call.
An Introduction to Proverbs (2)
Wisdom is the main theme of the book of Proverbs. The book of Proverbs presents wisdom as a person - someone, not something. Through this imagery, the author of this book links wisdom to Christ.
An Introduction to Proverbs (1)
This article introduces the book of Proverbs with a different style, focusing on the doctrinal nature of this book. The author discusses the poetry of this book, as well as its author, content, and theme.
The Book of Proverbs
Confronted by many choices in life, Proverbs shows us that life's activities involve two options - wisdom or folly. Proverbs paints the path of wisdom for us, showing that this path can be discovered by receiving and treasuring God's word in this life.
Does Proverbs Speak of Jesus?
This article is a response to the idea that the book of Proverbs does not speak about Jesus. The author shows how Proverbs points to Christ's life, his being, the gospel, and his resurrection.
Proverbs 3:1-12 – Do Not Forget
This article is an exposition of Proverbs 3:1-12.
Proverbs 4:23 – Pursuing a Personal Inquisition of the Heart
This article considers Solomon's instruction in Proverbs 4:23 to guard your heart.
Proverbs 4:3-4 – Preserving a Family Tradition
Proverbs 4:23 - Above All Else, Guard Your Heart, for it is the Wellspring of Life
When God Says to Get Drunk
Proverbs 5:19 explains that it is proper for a man to be drunk with the love of his wife. So a man may let his sexual desire be satisfied by his wife alone.
Proverbs 5:21 - Cords of Sin
Proverbs 7 – Get Wisdom! Adultery and Young, Modern, Tech-Savvy Christians
Proverbs 7 - Wisdom's Pedagogy: A Comparison Of Proverbs 7 And 4Q184
This article is a comparison of Proverbs 7 and the Qumran text known as 4Q184. The author argues that the strange woman of Proverbs 7 is an imaginary figure used by the father to teach the son the path of wisdom. The woman symbolizes folly through her used of seductive language, and is very different from the wisdom woman. This text is compared to the Qumran text, which uses the wicked woman to teach wisdom. The author maintains that Proverbs 7 presents the best pedagogy for teaching wisdom.
The Structure and Significance of Proverbs 9:7-12
Is there a specific purpose behind the location of Proverbs 9:7-12 in the book of Proverbs? This essay answers this question and also reflects on perspectives of various scholars regarding the nature of this passage.
Proverbs 9 – The End of the Beginning
Motivation and Antithetic Parallelism in Proverbs 10-15
Motivation plays an important role in Proverbs 10-Proverbs 15. It is also a critical issue for parents, teachers, and employers. In this article, the author attempts to make a contribution to how motivation functions in the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 10:8 - Wise in Heart
Proverbs 10:11 - Dispensing Waters from the Fountain of Life
Proverbs 11:30 – Soul-Winning or Wise Living?
This article starts by defining the interpretation problem confronting the exegete of Proverbs 11:30. After considering the best reading of the Masoretic text available, the author examines the text in detail.
Proverbs 11:30 – Soul-Winning
Proverbs 12:10 - The Righteous Person Knows the Life of His Cattle
Proverbs 12:25 - Relieving Anxiety
The Best Tool for the Job
If you want success in whatever it is that the Lord calls you to, you will need good tools. This is wisdom learned from Proverbs 14:4, as the article explains.
Proverbs 14:13 – Joy's End
Proverbs 15:8 - Thanksgiving Prayer that Pleases God
Proverbs 16:21-24 – Pleasant Words
This article offers some expository notes on Proverbs 16:21-24, in relation to the use of the tongue.
Proverbs 17:1 - A Dry Crust With Peace
A Vengeful Spirit
When you are hurt, the temptation is to seek revenge. Why is it that God warns us in Proverbs 20:22 against seeking vengeance? This article gives three reasons why a spirit of vengeance is wrong, and how one can follow a better way.
Proverbs 22:6 – The Proper Training of Covenant Children in the Contest of Faith
Proverbs 22:6 – Misplaced Guilt
Proverbs 22:6 – The Training of the Child
Proverbs 25:24 – The Promise of God's Presence in Marriage
Proverbs 27:5-6 – Open Rebuke and Faithful Wounds
This article focuses on the counsel of Proverbs 27:5-6, and shows how a rebuke and wound brought by a friend is faithful and trustworthy. The author explains how this is beneficial in the sphere of counselling.
Proverbs 30:8 - Neither Poverty nor Riches
Wisdom Incarnate? Identity and Role of אשׁת־חיל ("The Valiant Woman") in Proverbs 31:10-31
What is the identity of the valiant woman in Proverbs 31:10-31? Should the life of the ancient successful woman be understood as speaking of social activities in Israel? Should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to Israel?
Proverbs 31:10 – The Scriptural Wisdom on What Makes a Woman a Good Wife and Mother
Proverbs 31 – The Virtuous Woman
This article explains why Proverbs 31 must be read by every Christian man seeking a marriage partner, and it ought to be treasured by every Christian woman who seeks to live a life characterized by the fear of God.