Lesson 1Proverbs Chapter 1
It is great to be starting a new study with you, a study of the book of Proverbs — a book of wisdom.
So grab your Bibles, commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, and internet access devices and ask God to open your heart and mind to what you can learn and apply from this great book of wisdom, the book of Proverbs.
Read Proverbs Chapter 1; then consider the following questions:
- Who wrote the majority, if not all, of the book? (see Proverbs 1:1)
- Solomon also wrote the books of Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon. Can you determine the order in which these three books were written — and perhaps why?
- What qualified Solomon to write a book of such great wisdom? (see 1 Kings 4:29-31)
- How did Solomon achieve so much wisdom that he was considered "the wisest person of his day"? (see 1 Kings 3:4-15).
- Including the book of Proverbs, which contains several hundred individual proverbs, how many total proverbs did Solomon write? (see 1 Kings 4:32-34)
- While the theme of the book of Proverbs is related to moral and ethical instruction, what is the stated purpose of the book, and why did Solomon write it? (see Proverbs 1:1-5)
- We can see then that the teachings in Proverbs will show us how to lead wise and godly lives, and they teach us how to avoid the mistakes made by the unwise and the ungodly. If we look at the first seven verses of Proverbs 1, we can learn several key precepts that will form a framework, or underpinning, for applying the truths that we will learn in the course of our study. What does Proverbs 1:7 tell us is the first step?
- You will note that a dual-edged theme is already beginning to emerge regarding application of the truths found in this book: (1) the fear of the Lord, and (2) discipline. Of the seven verses contained in Proverbs 1:1-7, which two verses contain a reference to discipline in them, and how are these references different from each other?
- What does Solomon want us to attain by the application of these proverbs, i.e., what is our end goal, as stated in Proverbs 1:2?
- What important Biblical precept can we see woven into Proverbs 1:8?
- In Proverbs 1:10-19, we find Solomon’s first teaching. After a group of introductory verses regarding why he wrote the book and why we should study it, we come to his first teaching. This teaching is foundational to living a life that is pleasing to God. What does Solomon tell us? Is this not something so important it should be the first thing that we teach our children as well?
- Starting in Proverbs 1:20 and continuing to the end of the chapter, Solomon refers to those who reject wisdom. God calls them "simple ones" in the NIV translation. What does this term mean in the original Hebrew version?
- Now examine Proverbs 1:20-33. Why do fools "hate knowledge"? (see specifically verses 22, 29, and 30)
What a powerful and life changing book! The book of Proverbs contains more wisdom than we can understand, let alone apply. Let’s pray together that God will cause us to grow in our walk, our talk, and in our faith through this study; and let’ pray that others will come to know Christ through us as we do.