Summary: Just a brief intoduction into the book of Proverbs
1. Calvin Coleridge, “Wisdom is common sense, in an uncommon degree.”
2. Solomon certainly had that kind of wisdom to an almost unbelievable degree.
3. Introduction to the Book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 (NKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
I. First, the Manner of the writing.
Proverbs – “The word means “to represent; something in the place of many words. It has the idea of comparison or similarity…Put simply, Proverbs is a book of godly advice.”
“The Hebrew word translated “Proverbs “mishlai” is derived from the root word mashal, which means “to rule” as in Gen. 1:18 and 3:16. Mishlai therefore are words and saying that are supposed to rule and govern life. The book of Proverbs then is not simple a collection of bits of human wisdom. It contains God’s rules.” [Phillips]
“The root can have the idea of “likeness.” The related Niphal verb means “to be like, be like, be comparable with” e.g., “he is like the beast that perish” (Psa.49:12). The noun can mean an object lesson based on or using a comparison or analogy. It may be a short pithy statement (Ezk. 16:44), object lesson drawn from experience (Psa. 78:2-6), saying or by-word (Deut. 28:37) or an oracle of future blessing (Ezk. 21:1-5). Here it means an object lesson, setting out courses of action. It helps one choose the course of action to follow or avoid.” [NET]
Proverbs 1:1 (NCV)
1 These are the wise words of Solomon son of David, king of Israel.
Proverbs 1:1 (MSG)
1 These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David's son, Israel's king—
Proverbs 1:1 (AMP)
1 THE PROVERBS (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
II. Finally, the Man who wrote the book.
A. The Spiritual influences that Prepared Solomon.
This section is gleamed from Bible teacher David Jeremiah…
1. God Prophesied blessings upon him before he was born (I Chron. 22:9-10)
2. God Pronounced blessing upon him at his birth (2 Sam.12:24-25)
3. God Pointed him out as Israel’s next king (1 Chron. 29:1)
4. David Prayed for God’s blessing to be upon him (I Chron. 29:19)
5. God Poured out a blessing upon Solomon when he became King (I Chron. 29:25)
6. David Prepared him for the challenges he would face (I Chron. 28:9-10/I Ki. 3:12).
B. The Scriptural experience that Endowed Solomon. 1 Ki. 3:1-28
Intro: Spurgeon defined wisdom “as the right use of knowledge” but where does such knowledge come from? As Solomon discovers, from God alone.”
I. For starters, the Privation [lack] of wisdom. I Ki.3:1-4
A. Foreign Woman. 3:1 (I Ki. 11:1-4)
A Sunday school teacher was discussing King Solomon and all his faults with the class. One student objected, “Maybe were being to hard on him?” Another student replied, “That’s ok, anybody with that many wives is use to it!”
B. False Worship. 2-4 (I Ki. 11:5-8)