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Proverbs 1:1-7

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The Beginning of Knowledge

Proverbs 1:1-7

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Lesson Number 1

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The primary author of Proverbs is King Solomon.
  2. The positive theme of Proverbs is fear God.

Practical Application

  1. Seek wise counsel!

Questions

  1. The book of Proverbs is filled with ___________ sense advice for living. It is one of the most practical books in the Bible.
  2. Describe one suggested method for developing a good working knowledge of Proverbs.
  3. Verse 1 seems to indicate that Solomon is the only author of the book of Proverbs. Identify 3 chapters and verses which indicate that other inspired authors contributed to the book.
  4. Did Solomon write proverbs found in other books of the Bible? If so, identify the book or books.
  5. What is the purpose of the book of Proverbs given in verses 2-6?
  6. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

Answers

  1. The book of Proverbs is filled with common sense advice for living.
  2. Reading one of the 31 chapters of Proverbs each day every month will help you develop a good working knowledge of Proverbs. You can double up on the reading in months with fewer than 31 days.
  3. Proverbs 24:23, 30:1 and 31:1 give us indications that other inspired writers did write some of the proverbs. “These are also sayings of the wise . . . ” (v 24:23), “The words of Agur . . .” (v 30:1), and “The words of King Lemuel . . .” support the observation that Solomon was the primary author, but not the only author of the book of Proverbs.
  4. Yes. Solomon wrote proverbs found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Furthermore, according to 1 Kings 4:32, Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1005 songs! Only about 900 of Solomon’s proverbs are contained in the Book of Proverbs.
  5. Verses 2-6 indicate that the purpose of the book of Proverbs is to give moral discernment and skillfulness for living a life that is pleasing to God.
  6. A concise way to explain the difference between knowledge and wisdom is as follows: Knowledge is the accumulation of truth in one’s mind. Wisdom is the application of truth to one’s life.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss how the fear of the Lord can be the positive foundation for both knowledge and wisdom. Consider why verse 7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge?

Challenge

  1. Do you habitually turn to God’s Word when faced with tough decisions or a need for counsel? Have you turned to the book of Proverbs for knowledge and wisdom? Begin a daily reading in the Book of Proverbs and see if your knowledge and understanding of the proverbs provide you with direction and wise counsel for each day.

Key Verses

  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

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