Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours… – 1 Chronicles 29:11
From the first verse in the Book of Proverbs, Solomon is very clear with the reader. He states in verse 1 that he is the author, he is King of Israel, and why he wrote the Proverbs.
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
<Solomon goes on to say what type of people can benefit from the proverbs.>
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
<Solomon then writes that the foundation, the starting point, what holds everything stable and in place, is the fear of the Lord. By contrast, fools (a person who is deficient in the intellectual, practical, or moral sense)…>
7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
BUT fools despise wisdom and discipline.
<As we look through the Book of Proverbs let us seek to become wiser, gaining insight and understanding, of God’s ways. To allow, God’s Word, the ultimate compass, to direct us along life’s path.>