The amazing and interesting book of Proverbs has seven main sections which are clear. The beginning of each section is not a proverb itself, but about hearing instructions or inclining the ear. The book is attributed to king Solomon, with the exception of chapters 30 and 31. The Bible mentions that Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32) but the ones in the book of Proverbs are there for us and for our learning, and if we count them all, it will not be 3,000, but less than that. The idea is not to give a commentary or even outline the main themes that occur in this book, but only to provide a division of the book for private study. It is good to read this book, as there are proverbs in there for even everyday living.
Section 1 – chapters 1 to 9 instructions of wisdom given to Solomon.
Section 2 – chapters 10 to 19:19 the proverbs of Solomon. Conduct in the fear of God and in wisdom.
Section 3 – chapters 19:20 to 22:16. Instructions given to Solomon. The section starts with hearing counsel and receive instruction – not a proverb.
Section 4 – chapters 22:17 to 24. Various proverbs of the wise. Starts with incline your ear and hear the words of the wise. Again, not a proverb. Personal warnings, wisdom and folly brought out in comparison in this section.
Section 5 – chapters 25 to 29. Proverbs of Solomon put together by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah. Commendation for fear of God, warning against folly, laziness, malice, wise conduct towards others, and characteristics of the lawless and righteous are brought out in this section.
Section 6 – chapter 30. The words of Agur – repentance and teaching.
Section 7 – chapter 31. The words of king Lemuel taught to him by his mother. The woman of worth is a good fitting to end the chapter, and the book of Proverbs.
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