A. WISDOM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (1:1-9:18)
B. WISDOM FOR ALL PEOPLE (10:1-24:34)
C. WISDOM FOR THE LEADERS (25:1-31:31)
Solomon instructed the young people of his day like a father giving advice to his child. While many of these proverbs are directed toward young people, the principles supporting them are helpful to all believers, male and female, young and old. Anyone beginning his or her journey to discover more of wisdom will benefit greatly from these wise sayings.
Solomon wanted to impart wisdom to all people, regardless of their are, sex, or position in society. These short, wise saying give us practical wisdom for daily living. We should study them diligently and integrate them into our lives.
In addition to the proverbs that Solomon collected, the advisers of Hezekiah collected many proverbs that Solomon and others wrote. While most of these are general in nature, many are directed specifically to the king and those who dealt with the king. These are particularly useful for leaders or those who aspire to be leaders.
Things God hates
The book of Proverbs notes 14 types of people and actions that God hates. Let these be guidelines of what we are not to be and do!
Haughtiness, lying, murdering, scheming, eagerness to do wrong, false witness, stirring up discord
Those who are untruthful
The sacrifice of the wicked
The way of the wicked
Those who are proud
Those who judge unjustly
Proverbs 3:31, 32
God's advice about money
Proverbs gives some practical instruction on the use of money, although sometimes it is advice we would rather not hear. It's more comfortable to continue in our habits than to learn how to use money more wisely. The advice includes:
Be generous in giving
Place people's needs ahead of profit
Be cautious of countersigning for another
Don't accept bribes
Help the poor
Store up for the future
Be careful about borrowing
Other verses to study include
11:15; 20:16; 25:14; 27:13
Righteousness and wickedness
Proverbs often compares the lifestyles of the wicked and the righteous, and makes a strong case for living by God's pattern. The advantages of righteous living and the disadvantages of wicked living are pointed out. The kind of person we decide to be will affect every area of our lives.
Parallels between the Law and Wisdom
Law and wisdom both had secular functions outside
of Israel, but are transformed into spiritual concepts
in Israel by God's revealed relationship to them.