The theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom regarding the practical affairs of life, especially those pertaining to righteousness and the fear of God. It was written between 971-686 BC. David’s son, Solomon, is the primary author.

A proverb is a brief but powerful observation. Proverbs commonly use comparisons, contrasts, analogies, etc. to help make their points. While Psalms may be pertinent to your devotional life, Proverbs may be more applicable to your practical life.

Proverbs is generally divided into four–five sections:

  1. Proverbs of Wisdom for Young People: Chapters 1—9;
  2. Proverbs of Wisdom for All People: Chapters 10—24;
  3. Proverbs of Wisdom for Leaders: Chapters 25—29
  4. Proverbs of Wisdom for Disciples – Part 1: Chapter 30 (written by an unknown sage named Agur, to two of his disciples, Itiel and Ucal);
  5. Proverbs of Wisdom for Disciples – Part 2: Chapter 31 (written by a wise mother to her son, King Lemuel).

Although God granted Solomon wisdom greater than anyone else of his time, Solomon ultimately failed to live out many of the truths that he wrote about in Proverbs, indicating to us that it not merely knowing what is right — it is doing what is right that matters in the end.


Lesson 1
Proverbs Chapter 1

Lesson 2
Proverbs Chapters 2 and 3
    Lesson 2 Answers

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