Hermeneutics: Observe the Purpose of a Book - Proverbs 1:1-7

Written primarily as a guide to young men, Proverbs' specific purpose was to lay a strong foundation of a godly worldview and offers insight for living. It is a collection of proverbial collections that grew over time beyond the authorship of Solomon. Proverbs are designed to make one wise, but they must be used correctly; their truth is only realized when they applied in the right situation and circumstance.

1) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2) To know wisdom and instruction,

To perceive the words of understanding,

3) To receive the instruction of wisdom,

Justice, judgment, and equity;

4) To give prudence to the simple,

To the young man knowledge and discretion—

5) A wise man will hear and increase learning,

And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

6) To understand a proverb and an enigma,

The words of the wise and their riddles.

7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov 1:1-7, NKJV)

1. What are the proverbs of Solomon? Circle your observations.

2. What are the benefits for those who listen or read them? Underline your observations.

3. Perhaps the key verse of Proverbs is: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7). How would you go about understanding "the fear of the Lord?"

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