COLUMN: A proverb a day makes one wise

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By Shirley Jones

A wise man will hear and increase learning and a man of understanding will attain free counsel. Proverbs 1:5

The principal author of Proverbs as King Solomon who was one of the wisest men who ever lived and one of the richest too.

Solomon collected as well as wrote the proverbs. In I Kings 4:32 we read that he spoke 3,000 proverbs. In Ecclesiastes 1:1 he called himself “the preacher.” As such, he no doubt collected and quoted useful expressions just as a modern preacher might quote a poem or other saying.

The proverbs are his, not just because he composed most of them but because he collected and used them.

The purpose of the proverb is to give people wisdom, instruction, prudence, knowledge, learning, understanding and wise counsel. The reading of these proverbs will act like a chisel chipping away at any dullness of the human mind. Proverbs should be read by anyone seeking to gain wisdom and understanding in life.

Since Solomon had an amazing understanding of God and his word, literature, economics, society, culture, psychology, marriage, sex, relationships and all of life, we would do well to study this book. Solomon’s eventual downfall was that he turned his back on God’s counsel. But if the great truths in Proverbs are followed wholeheartedly, they can bring great blessing to the reader.

Proverbs has 31 chapters and you can read it in one month, a chapter a day.