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The Book of Proverbs is one of wise sayings collected and designed on successful living and the Book is a wonderful example of wisdom literature, poetry and sound instruction.
Proverbs means short popular saying, long current, embodying some familiar truth.
The purpose of the Book of Proverbs is stated, to fear the Lord, (not to grieve Him), to receive teaching, wisdom, justice, judgement and equity. The principle author was King Solomon and he used a combination of poetry, parables, questions, narratives and wisdom to form commonsense of views to handle every day living. Proverbs are not commandments or promises or covenant commitments but are strikingly memorable, and cover a wide range of topics. Many of the proverbs are collected sayings of wisdom from the known wise men of ancient times. Only the Hebrew proverbs have God's wisdom and perspective and differ from all other nations because of the righteous standard of God. The Book of Proverbs is not an historical book, it was produced at a Wisdom School and is an excellent guide for moral living, accepted behaviour including the practical teaching of godliness. Its contents provide counsel for the young, for all, for monarchs and rulers.
The Book of Proverbs is the third Book
of Poetry, Wisdom and Instruction. It is a Pre-exile Book.
"PRIDE LEADS TO ARGUMENTS; BE HUMBLE, TAKE ADVICE AND BECOME WISE'
Pride blocks contending for the truth. Closed minds are a sign of pride and this pride comes from an unyielding personality, not just a difference of an opinion on a certain subject. Pride is a trap that sows discord, breeds impatience, rivalry, conceit and will not forgive but will seek revenge. Pride can be arrogance, people who want always to have their own way selfishly and shows proof of their ignorance. Pride leads to other avenues of sin and evil and wickedness. It can cause spiritual blindness, hard heartedness, contempt for others and always ends in disaster. Pride is viewed as evil, it involves pretending a deception and there are many warnings against such arrogance and delusions throughout The Bible.
Humbleness is not weakness, but an attitude of right priorities, of one's status before God. A person must be humble to be renewed and restored by The Holy Spirit. The humble listen to wisdom and instruction.
The quality of knowledge, discernment and understanding is human wisdom from God. Wisdom may bring material riches but wisdom's value itself far outweighs and exceeds all earthly riches. To those who have wisdom are equipped for right conduct and leadership. Wisdom is needed for the instruction of human practical living, and understanding God's way.
Those who are humble are wise and will be well-advised. Those who seek wisdom will consult their conscience and their Bible.
CHRIST SEEN IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
Christ is portrayed as Perfect Wisdom and personified, Treasure of Knowledge.
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