Proverbs  A Collection of wisdom sayings from Solomon son of David, king of Israel and others.
 
Have you ever lifted your head from the newspaper or looked over at your spouse after a news broadcast and thought or said, “How could anybody be that stupid?” More often than not you’ve most likely said the same thing I have said on many occasions: “How could I have been that stupid?”

Wouldn’t you like to have a manual that told you what was stupid and what was sensible before you did or said that stupid thing? Guess what! There is such a manual. It’s included in a collection of books usually referred to as The Holy Bible or The Holy Scriptures. Proverbs is not a prophetic writing or a theological book or a rule book for Jews and Christians. It is a collection of observations about the results of various actions that people choose to do. It is also an exhortation to choose to do the wise thing instead of the stupid thing. Yes, it is part of the accepted canon of The Bible held sacred by Jews and Christians and inspired to be included by the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16), but the wisdom in it is useful to the secular person who commits to applying it.

The sayings warn against gang involvement, crime, staying ignorant and uneducated, sexual immorality and refusing to accept correction. The sayings encourage getting an education, a skill for earning a living, hard work and a smart work ethic: “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment” (Pr. 12:11). Gambling is a fantasy, not a smart thing to do. You don’t have to be a farmer to apply this principle. The teenager at a burger restaurant or a car mechanic or an executive can all work smart by not chasing a fantasy.

Long ago a young man, royalty, was given advice from his mother on what to look for in a wife (Proverbs 31:1). Both Wisdom and Folly are personified as women. Young men are counseled to pursue Wisdom and not Folly. Everything said to the young man in this book is equally applicable to young women. We should also pursue Wisdom and not Folly in our choice of a mate and our choice to practice “absolute purity“ (I Timothy 5:2).

Politicians, sports figures, and anyone else in the public eye would find their private lives and careers going much smoother if they would read and practice the instructions in this amazing 31-chapter book of wisdom. But the one who puts his or her trust in the Lord is the one who will gain the most from living in the wisdom of God instead of the stupidity of human reasoning corrupted by enslaving cravings (Proverbs 1:7).

Please borrow or buy a copy today if you want to live wisely instead of stupidly. Reading it will give you the instructions. Applying the instructions will make you wise. You will find it helpful to read commentaries that explain the structure and literary style of this writing. Many Study Bibles have such introductions to each book including Proverbs. But commentaries alone won’t make you wise. You can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) which he promises to give. His wisdom is contained in The Holy Scriptures and is available to those who will follow the instructions.

Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Proverbs
Author: A Collection of wisdom sayings from Solomon son of David, king of Israel and others.
Publisher: Various translations and publishers.
Original Copyright: The Lord: “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6 NIV).


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