Proverbs

Proverbs

The basic meaning of the Hebrew word for proverb is “comparison”. “Proverb” is often used to refer to an aphorism, or concise statement of a principal or to a discourse. Wisdom is the key word of the book, and offers advice to increase the skill in living, moral discipline for one’s life, and distinguishing between true and false, good and bad, what matters most and what does not matter at all. Most of the book was authored by Solomon. The purpose of the book is clearly to show the reader how to live life wisely and skillfully, and the entire structure of the book is arranged to carry out this purpose to lead us to an abundant and successful life.

Proverbs 1

1:1 Title
1:2-6 Purpose
1:7-19 Warning
1:20-33 Wisdom speaks

Proverbs 2

2:1-22 The reward of heeding wisdom

Proverbs 3

3:1-26 Exhortations to obedience
3:27-35 The treatment of neighbors

Proverbs 4

4:1-9 A father’s wisdom
4:10-19 Avoid wickedness
4:20-27 Wisdom is life and health

Proverbs 5

5:1-14 Warning against immorality
5:15-23 Exhortation on fidelity in marriage

Proverbs 6

6:1-15 Warning against idleness and falsehood
6:16-19 Seven deadly sins
6:20-35 Warning against adultery

Proverbs 7

7:1-27 The wiles of a harlot

Proverbs 8

8:1-36 Wisdom is everlasting

Proverbs 9

9:1-12 Wisdom’s invitation
9:13-18 Avoid foolish women

Proverbs 10

10:1-32 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 11

11:1-31 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 12

12:1-28 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 13

13:1-25 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 14

14:1-35 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 15

15:1-33 The wise and the foolish contrasted

Proverbs 16

16:1-33 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 17

17:1-28 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 18

18:1-24 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 19

19:1-29 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 20

20:1-30 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 21

21:1-31 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 22

22:1-29 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 23

23:1-35 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 24

24:1-34 Moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts

Proverbs 25

25:1-28 Comparisons, warnings, and instructions

Proverbs 26

26:1-28 Comparisons, warnings, and instructions

Proverbs 27

27:1-27 Comparisons, warnings, and instructions

Proverbs 28

28:1-28 Comparisons, warnings, and instructions

Proverbs 29

29:1-27 Comparisons, warnings, and instructions

Proverbs 30

30:1-33 The words of Agur

Proverbs 31

31:1-9 The words of king Lemuel
31:10-31 Praise of a virtuous woman