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Liberty University [email protected] University The Owner's Manual File Theological Studies 11-2017 Article 20: Proverbs at a Glance Harold Willmington Liberty University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Biblical Studies Commons , Christianity Commons , Practical Theology Commons , and the Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Theological Studies at [email protected] University. It has been accepted for inclusion in The Owner's Manual File by an authorized administrator of [email protected] University. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Willmington, Harold, "Article 20: Proverbs at a Glance" (2017). The Owner's Manual File . 26.
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75 PROVERBS AT A GLANCE The overriding theme of this book is wisdom, which may be generally defined as seeing ourselves and our world through the eyes of God. This priceless gift thus becomes ours when we acknowledge and act upon the fact of God’s presence in our lives and of His desire to exercise priority over our lives. Wisdom then seeks and provides our proper responses in all matters, including the domestic, the business, religious, and social world. BOTTOM LINE INTRODUCTION CONSIDER YOURSELF NOW ENROLLED IN THE S.A.B.I. (THE SOUND ADVICE BIBLE INSTITUTE). YOUR INSTRUCTOR IS SOLOMON AND THE SUBJECT IS WISDOM. Most of this book was written by King Solomon, the world’s wisest man (1 Kings 3:12). In it he condenses the vast reservoir of knowledge and wisdom found within his mind into factual nuggets for his readers. Although he is said to have composed 3,000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32), only 800 bearing his name appear in the book of Proverbs. But these are the best. There are other biblical proverbs not found in this book (see 1 Sam. 24:13; Ezek. 18:1-2; Mt. 23:24; Lk. 4:23; Jn. 16:25; 2 Peter 2:22). A proverb is a short sentence drawn from long experience. It is a proper mixture of horse sense and holy sense. It is characterized by shortness, sense, and salt. It is the wisdom of many and the wit of one. It is, in essence, the ability to see ourselves and the world as God sees it. Solomon may have headed up a school of wisdom (1 Kings 10:8; Ecc. 1:1; 12:9), as Samuel headed up a school of the prophets (1 Sam. 19:20).
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