Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. – Isaiah 16:3
We may think that Proverbs are quick, clever, one-liners, and some of them are. Designed to help us remember important ideas, they have a cause and effect feel. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom – Proverbs 11:1 or If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble. – Proverbs 21:23
We will read these short sentences throughout much of the Book of Proverbs, except the first nine chapters which are in paragraph form. You will also notice that the proverbs don’t build to any particular thought. Sometimes you will see from one verse to the next different ideas, and other times you’ll see them relating loosely to the previous or post verse.
The idea behind Proverbs is to understand principles, vs a fact …God is love – 1 John 4:8. A principle is defined by Merriam Webster as, a moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your actions, a law or fact of nature that explains how something works or why something happens.
The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. – Proverbs 18:23
Poor can mean financially poor, or people who are confused, seeking, etc. People in these circumstances are often more likely to humble themselves because they don’t see themselves as self-sufficient. The rich, in wealth, education, freedoms, etc. see themselves as self-sufficient. They don’t “need” from others. Therefore, see no need to humble themselves.
Proverbs are not to be taken as literal translations. For example, Proverbs 14:1, A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. This does not mean that a woman is going to literally use her bare hands to pull the shingles off the roof and pull apart the framing of a house.
We will begin reading through the Book of Proverbs, seeking to understand the principles God has given, to help us effectively navigate through life.