PROVERBS 1                                   INTRODUCTION                                         JANUARY 10, 2018
 Summary of Study Context
 This introduction extends through verse 7and concludes with perhps the most important proverb of the entire book. The first six verses state the reasons and goals of our study nd thus the purpose of the book. Remember our study in the book of James here we are told that unless you are perfect and entire, one should:
                                    Read James 1:4-6
 We start a study to advance ourselves toward that very precious and rare possession--God's wisdom.
 Commentary for the Introduction

  Proverbs 1:1  The proverbs of Solomon the son David, king of Israel.  Notice these verses that indicate this         epistle is a collection of several authors:  

                                           1.  Proverbs 22:17  words of the wise

                                           2.  Proverbs 24:23  these things  belong to the wise

                                           3.  Proverbs 30:1  the words of Agur

                                           4.  Proverbs 31:1 the words of king Lemuel

  Proverbs 1:2   To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding

                      How important does God consider wisdm?  Consider Solomon the the new and youngking of Israel.                        In 1Kings 3:5-14, the narrative reveals how became wise.

                                     V.7  confesses that he knew neither how to enter nor exit.

                                     V.8-9  Solomon desired to be an able ruler of the nation as David had been.

                                              1. Asked for an understanding  (mind).

                                              2.  And the ability to discernbetween good and evil.

                                       V.10  Solomon's request pleased God.

                                        V.11 God enabled Solomon to discern justice.

                                        V.12-13 Solomon will excel in richesand reputation above all otherkings

                                        V. 14  Warning to all that lived under the law of Moses. 

 Proverbs 1:3  To receive the insruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity. 

                        Consider 1Kings 3:16-27  what is the correct judgment?

                         In 1Kings 3:28, the case strikes fear in the people for they know that justice is established.

                         There is equity in Israel; see Proverbs 24:23.

                          Paul was able to instruct the Roman governor on these subjects from God's wisdom-Acts 24:24.

 Proverbs 1:4  To give subility to the simple, to the young man knowledge and descretion.

                      Our young recive this blessing from the scripture; see 2Timothy 3:14-17.

  Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear...
  Proverbs 1:6  To understand..........dark sayings are of the nature of parables used by Jesus. See Matt. 13:13.