In this introduction to the Proverbs, we look at verse 1 through 7 to discover the authorship of the book and the definition of Wisdom. We also learn how God’s book of wisdom differs from wisdom literature and wise sayings of various pagan cultures. Much more than a mere introduction, we dig into the difference between common grace and special grace using the illustration of the blind squirrel and how God’s wise saying lead us to discover greater intimacy with the One True God.
1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction. (ESV)