Who: Solomon and others
When: c. 900 BC – 700 BC
Why: To provide wisdom and guidance for God’s children
Proverbs 3:5-6 - New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
Yes, “and others!” I was surprised that there was more than one author too. When I first began to research the book of Proverbs I was greatly surprised to learn that Solomon was not the only writer to be represented in this book of poetry. In my mind’s eye I had always pictured a wise thoughtful king sitting down at a table writing down words of wisdom for his son and perhaps generations to follow. Although, to some extent, as stated in verse 1:8, that is what had happened, this jewel has many more beautiful facets. Thought to be compiled by the men of Hezekiah sum 700 years before Jesus was born, Proverbs is a book of short sayings, or proverbs, and long poems. It’s full of advice on loving one another, staying out of trouble, and living righteously. Most importantly it teaches about loving the Lord and seeking His understanding and knowledge in order to have a happy and healthy life. It’s the ultimate self-help book written for all people at all ages and stages of life. Only the Creator of the universe could inspire such universally great advice!
So, now it’s your turn, how has this book blessed your life? Can you name some of the other contributors to this book of poetry? What’s your favorite verse?
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