“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:1-7
So who wrote Proverbs (I hear you ask)? Verse one of chapter one tells us: The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.
King Solomon, the writer, spells out his aim in writing Proverbs in the first few verses, “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgement, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion ..(vs.2)”
Solomon had a magnificent conversation with God at the start of his kingship which is recorded for us in 1 Kings 3:5-15. God asked for what Solomon wanted as king of Israel, and he requested wisdom to govern. God was pleased in his request and granted it, but also gave him wealth and prestige as well.
It makes sense, then, that Proverbs is full of references to wisdom and how to obtain it.
Solomon makes it clear how the reader will achieve the godly wisdom he advocates. As he claims in verse 7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
This intro to this proverbial book stands out, since it is a bold claim that the search for wisdom can only be done with a right appreciation God in the forefront of one’s mind. “The beginning of knowledge” is found by having a right fear of the Lord. Since God is the beginning and end of all wisdom, one must start with Him and remain with Him in order to get godly wisdom.
In a desire to grow closer to God and to encourage my friends and family, I will go through Proverbs day by day, following the passages and the arguments made. I pray that we all grow in that wisdom found in God. For God’s glory. Pedroski