Today marks day 3 of the 31 Days of Proverbs series. Each day for the month of July, we'll be studying a chapter of the book of Proverbs a day. At the conclusion of the month, we will not only have completed a book in the Bible, but we will have grown in wisdom. Here's a review of chapters one through three.
Purpose & Theme (v. 1-7)
The opening verses of Proverbs are a prelude to what the book will entail and it's intent. The purpose is for the reader to gain wisdom and understanding to live a prudent life. Those who fear the Lord will take heed to wisdom, but those who are foolish will not.
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men (v. 8-19)
These verses warn the reader, referred to as son, about staying away from sinful men and those who seek to harm others.
Wisdom's Rebuke (v. 20-33)
The last verses of chapter one is dedicated to wisdom personified, imploring the reader to take heed to her words. She concludes with warnings of what will happen if you do not fear the Lord and accept wisdom.
Moral Benefits of Wisdom (v. 1-22)
Chapter 2 is solely dedicated to sharing the benefits of wisdom. With wisdom, you will understand the fear of the Lord and gain knowledge. Wisdom will save you from sinful men and adulterous women and enable you will lead an upright life.
Wisdom Bestows Well-Being (v. 1-35)
In chapter 3, Solomon instructs the reader to take heed to the instructions that he is giving. He advises us not to forget his teaching, to let love & faithfulness abide with us, to love the Lord, to honor the Lord with our finances, and not to despise the Lord's discipline. Solomon shares the benefits of wisdom and the integral part that it played in creation. The chapter concludes with instruction on what not to do in order to avoid trouble and dishonor in the sight of God.