Proverbs is a very awesome, interesting book. If you’re looking for scripture to memorize, study, or meditate on proverbs is a great place to go. For the last while I have been looking deeper at proverbs and found it so interesting and helpful for everyday situations. So much so that I had to share it with y’all! Since all of proverbs would take ages to cover, I’m (we’re) going to look more deeply into Proverbs 1-9.
When we hear the word “proverbs” we think short little tidbits of information. And that’s absolutely true. The definition of proverb is “a short saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.”
BUT. Proverbs chapters 1-9 hold more what you might think of as “essays” on wisdom. And living. And pretty much everything that you need to know about everything.
Well, not quite. But it covers a lot of things that help us make good choices and so on and so forth. Really, Proverbs 1-9 could be a book in itself. It has a opening (chapter 1) and a conclusion (chapter 9)
So, where do we begin??? (Cue the music)
Let’s start at the very beginning
a very good place to start
when you sing you start with do-re-mi
when you read proverbs you begin with verses 1 2 3 (and 4 5 6 7 and 8)
Chapter 1 is pretty straight forward. I would skip this chapter, since there’s not much to talk about, but there are still some insightful verses. So to start this little Bible study of Proverbs, we will turn in our Bibles, a touch past the center, Proverbs 1, verses 1 through 9.
Verse one explains who wrote Proverbs. Kinda like the first page of a page of a book. We’ve got the title (Proverbs). And then we’ve got a little bit about the author. It tells us that Solomon wrote it. And it tells us he was King David’s son. Now they just say whether or not the like Ben and Jerry’s or all the others book they wrote (talk about being self-conceited).
The next few verses are pretty self-explanatory. Really, something we will notice later on, these are kinda titling each chapter that we will study later. So we will come back to verses 2-6 later on. But here they are:
Proverbs 1:2-6 (NIV)
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction
for understanding words of insight
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior
doing what is right and just and fair
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple
knowledge and discretion to the young
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning
and let the discerning get guidance
6 for understanding proverbs and parables
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Verse 7 kinda brings up a whole new thought. It says
“ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”
Growing up in Christian families we’ve probably all hear “fear God” and “The fear of the Lord” etc etc etc. But what does it really mean? To Fear God does not mean trembling in your boots every time he comes around. No, rather it means to acknowledge God’s sovereignty and his almighty power and humbling yourself in his presence. Like say you went to see the president. You wouldn’t just go and hang out with him like he is one of your girl friends. Instead you would be respectful of who he is. In the same way we need to honor God’s presence and recognize we are nothing compared to him.
So if we fear God, that is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. What is a fool? The dictionary says a fool is ‘a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.’ Who likes to be called that?? So Solomon is saying if you dislike it when someone gives you instruction or if your parents set guidelines for you to live by, and you dishonor these then you are a fool. Which equals to a silly or stupid person. We are to strive to understand more and to cry out to God to give us knowledge and understanding (chapter 2:3)
Verses 8 and 9 are some of my favorite verses. Verse 8 is ‘Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.’ Solomon isn’t just telling you to listen to your dad explain a science experiment and your mom tell you how to do a math problem-although these are essential- He is talking about listening to your father and mother as they give you guidelines and “instructions”
My brother has lots of Legos. He owns several sets, and each one includes a instruction booklet that shows him step-by-step how to put the little Lego pieces together to create something like the picture on the front of the box. If he took those instructions out of the box and ripped them up and threw them in the trash, he would have no idea what to do!!
In the same way, listen to your father and mother; take in their instruction, so that you grow in knowledge and understanding.
My father has taught me so many things from how to milk a cow to trusting God at all times.
And the next verse says “For they will be a garland of grace on your head and a gold chain around your neck.” This is saying that if you listen to your father’s instruction and forsake not your mothers teaching, that you will be blessed beyond measure.
Whenever I see a young lady with a flower garland it just looks so feminine and beautiful, and if you can imagine a garland of grace it just gorgeous. On her neck hangs a small silver or gold chain that shouts simplicity and gorgeousness.
I could expound on this subject for hours. God’s design is so awesome! I hope this study will bring understanding and clarity to you. It certainly did for me while I was studying for it!