“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despire wisdom and instruction.”
– Proverbs, 1:7
The book of Proverbs is known as Wisdom literature, and would be grouped with books like Job. They zoom out to an enormous degree and provide us with words and ideas about the ways that the universe works that are far more general than the specific stories or prophecies found elsewhere in the Bible.
The book of Proverbs is a large compendium of accepted wisdom – wisdom of the elders, if you will. The idea is that, by reading it and understanding the value it offers, we can avoid making the same mistakes that others have made and learn from their shared wisdom.
The premise is that the world works a certain way. If you do x, y will happen, and this book has compiled all of the dos and don’ts of the x’s and says, We’re making it easy. Take advantage. Enjoy the y’s.
It’s a fascinating book because it conveys a particular value system and allows us to evaluate where our values overlap with values that are thousands of years old. Some things really are universal.
Take a look and see what you find.
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