Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Wisdom Poetry: The poetic books that explore the themes of biblical wisdom and musical worship.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Wisdom: A type of Israelite poetry that persuades the reader to adopt a particular religious and moral outlook.
The book of Proverbs invites people to live with wisdom and in the fear of the Lord in order to experience the good life.
This book is the accumulation of wisdom from generations of godly insightful people. It promotes a life of virtue and “fear of the Lord,” so that you can truly experience the good life. Proverbs is one of the three books that explore these themes of biblical wisdom.
Linked to Solomon and other wise men, the book of Proverbs includes hundreds of short, clever sayings designed to teach every person how to live and act wisely. Each saying touches on a common area of life and shows us what kind of world we live in and what it looks like to live well before God and toward others.
The wisdom in Proverbs is often described as a lady, but it's not an impersonal force. It's an attribute of God Himself. By fearing or respecting God and reading and obeying the wise, practical counsel found in this book, we develop the important skills and moral mindset we need to live successful, good and goodly lives in God's world.
Purpose of Proverbs
The book of Proverbs contains sayings and riddles featuring wisdom, applied knowledge that helps every person develop practical skills to live well in God's world.
Fear of the Lord
The journey to wisdom begins with fear of the Lord, a reverential and healthy respect of Him. Only then can we embrace a moral mindset.
Ten speeches from a father and four poems from lady wisdom show us that Proverbs is God's own invitation to learn wisdom from previous generations.
The Good Life
Read hundreds of sayings that apply wisdom and fear of the Lord to every subject imaginable. They offer formulas for success but are not promises.
A woman of noble character models someone who takes God's wisdom found in Proverbs and translates it into practical decisions for success in everyday life.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Proverbs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Proverbs, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.