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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
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.