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Week in Proverbs: Purpose of Proverbs

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:1-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

King David's son and successor, Solomon, was given wisdom by God to share with us through Scripture. He, just like his father and every human being since the Fall of man, was a sinner saved by grace. Yet God blessed him with much to tell us about how to live in this world. He didn't always take his own advice and neither do we. However, the truth of his words reveal his devotion to our Heavenly Father and his sayings are very helpful to us today as we seek God's wisdom for successful living.

We who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit to direct our steps are blessed to have God's written Word to read, receive and reflect upon from the teachings of Solomon, who asked God for wisdom above all else. We do well to pray for the same as we follow our Savior to the Kingdom of God.

"So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!" Luke 21:14-15 NLT

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