As we begin our month long journey, it is important to ask the question: What is a Proverb?It has been defined as a short sentence often repeated, expressing a well known truth or common fact, ascertained by experience or observation; a maxim of wisdom.
In Scripture, it sometimes signifies a moral sentence or maxim that is enigmatic; a dark saying of the wise that requires interpretation.
The first few verses in the opening of the chapter lay the groundwork for what will follow. In these few verses, we notice:
I. THE PURPOSE FOR PROVERBS – 1:2-4
a. Study the Purpose – 1:2
b. Secure the Purpose – 1:3
c. Simplicity of the Purpose – 1:4
II. THE PRESCRIPTION FOR PROVERBS – 1:5-6
a. Perceive the Truth – 1:5
b. Process the Truth – 1:6
III. THE PAYOUT FOR PROVERBS – 1:7-9
a. The Payout is a Choice – 1:7
b. The Payout is Consistent – 1:8
c. The Payout is Complete – 1:9
The chapter also goes on to explain about the wisdom needed in choosing your friends (vs. 10-19), and the judgment that comes from ignoring wisdom.
What are your thoughts on this chapter?