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                                                                   Proverbs Overview  (from Precept Austin)                                                                   

 Purpose of Proverbs      Proverbs to Youth          Proverbs of Solomon     Proverbs of Solomon (Hezekiah)       Words of Agur                 Words of Lemuel
              1:1-7                              1:8-9:18                             10:1-24:34                                  25:1-29:27                                   30:1-30:33                            31:1-31:31

                                                    Father's                         First Collection                       Second Collection                            Numerical              Wisdom for Leaders  31:1-9
                                                Exhortations                       of Solomon                                of Solomon                                   Proverbs                 Virtuous Wife   31:10-31


       Proverbs 1:1              Precepts of Wisdom       Proverbs of Solomon                  Proverbs Copied                       Proverbs of Agur        Proverbs of Lemuel  31:1-9                                                                                                                                               by Hezekiah's Men                                                              Capable Wife  31:10-31


      Proverbs 1:7                     Wisdom for                                       Proverbs for Everyone                                                       Personal Notes from Agur & Lemuel       
                                                 Young Men                        


          Prologue                                                       Principles of Wisdom                                                                                                               Epilogue

  Commend Wisdom                                              Counsel of Wisdom                                                                                                 Comparisons of Wisdom



What is a proverb?

First, what it is not - a proverb is not a promise or saying definitely guaranteeing the outcome that is being discussed... Second, proverb is the Hebrew word mashal which means comparison, similar, parallel. In short, a proverb is a figure of speech in which the author uses comparison in order to present a pithy, poignant observation or instruction. A proverb is a timeless truth in the form of a simple illustration that exposes a fundamental reality of life. Proverbs are practical (not theoretical), easy to memorize (Are you practicing the discipline of Biblical memorization?) and imminently applicable to real life situations.

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