Proverbs 1:1-5 (KJB) “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
The book is a collection of wise sayings which mirrors divine wisdom. Wisdom is the major theme of the book: the blessedness, the need, and examples of wisdom are contained in Proverbs. Without question, God’s Spirit moved Solomon to so write the words contained in Proverbs for our learning. Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, wrote these proverbs under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit during the first part of his reign. It should be recalled that it was the first portion of Solomon’s reign when he walked with God and was a godly, wise man. Later, as he disregarded God’s clear commandments for a king of Israel that he drifted far from God.
1 Kings 11:4 (KJB) For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Solomon wrote three significant works in the Bible. The first as a young man Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon. When Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon, he was describing the love affair that existed between himself and his one true love. The one true love was possibly the wife of his youth and the one person who captivated him when he was right with God. This book also describes what it is like or a picture of Jesus Christ and His bride the church.
When Solomon became a little older, this is when he wrote the Proverbs which was written his son Rehoboam to prepare him to become King.
When Solomon was older, he got away from the Lord and became involved in idol worship and because of that, he became backslidden and then before he died he came back to the Lord, and The wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes to show how empty life is if you’re not in the will of God. That’s why in the Book of Ecclesiastes there is a dark cloud over it. The keyword in the Book of Ecclesiastes is vanity. Everything was vain, and that is because Solomon was describing what it was like when you received everything you wanted but lost the Lord.
Proverbs 1:1 (KJV) “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;” Verse one tells us that Solomon wrote this book. Solomon was writing this book to his son and in the second verse, we see the context of the book. Proverbs 1:2 (KJV) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” Solomon wanted to help his son get close to the Lord and stay there.
Here is a couple of things that Solomon wanted his son to know.
- Proverbs 1:2 (KJV) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” The English word wisdom is found here for the first of fifty-three times in the book. Notice the word know. What Solomon was saying is if you want wisdom you better get ready to work at it. Wisdom does not come naturally if you want wisdom you’re going to have to work at it. Wisdom is nothing more or less than the mind of Christ and just because we want it doesn’t mean God is going to give it to us. We will never find out the will of God if we never read the Bible. God does not bless laziness He blesses hard work.
- Proverbs 1:2 (KJV) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” The second purpose of Proverbs is to perceive the importance of understanding. The word is found almost as often as that of wisdom in Proverbs. Throughout the book, the concepts of wisdom and understanding are often used together. Though they are related, they are not identical. Wisdom comes from understanding. The former is built upon the last. Thus, a necessary conclusion to the gaining of wisdom is first obtaining an understanding of the issues of life. The word perceive is talking about spiritual discernment. To perceive the words of understanding or to spiritually discern the mind of Christ means that our opinion doesn’t mean a thing. We need to forget what we know and be willing to learn from God’s Word.
- Proverbs 1:3 (KJV) “To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;” The reason why we have so many fools running around is that they are not willing to receive, they are not prepared to accept the truth. If you try to show a fool what the Bible says they will just shove it aside because they don’t care. If the Bible is Wisdom someone who is willing to push it aside is a fool. Not Philosophy of the Bible but reading the Bible is where you will find wisdom. Why read books about the Bible when we have God’s Word?
In verses, 4-5 Solomon is going to show us three kinds of people that will benefit from what he is going to tell us in this book. Proverbs 1:4-5 (KJV) “To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
- The first person who will benefit is the simple person. Simple means seducible. Some people are led into sin because they don’t know any better. The simple person is not hard-hearted, but they are thick headed.
- The young person or specifically the young person or the teenager and is pointing to somebody who is teachable.
- The wise person is the person who has a desire in their heart to do something for the Lord. They want to do right.
The Book of Proverbs was either written to you or about you. You’re either simple, teachable, wise, or you’re a rebel and a fool. It is written to the people who want help and about the individuals who can hurt you.
13 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
Proverbs 1:3 KJV