Some Memorable Sayings

The Proverbs give guidance about everyday situations, family affairs, morality and business dealings. The sayings in Chapters 10 to 29 are attributed to Solomon (970-930BC), whose wisdom was ‘proverbial’.

Chapter 30 recounts the sayings of Agur and Chapter 31 includes the saying of Lemuel, King of Massa in northern Arabia (see Genesis 25:13-14 and 1 Chronicles 1:29-30). Agur may also have been from Massa.

Jabel Atherb, Saudi Arabia (Zahiralbarqi)

Jabel Atherb, Saudi Arabia   (Zahiralbarqi)


Proverbs 1:1-3   The purpose of the Book of Proverbs is outlined in the opening verses:

“These are the wise words of Solomon son of David, king of Israel. They teach wisdom and self-control; they will help you understand wise words. They will teach you how to be wise and self-controlled and will teach you to do what is honest and fair and right."

Proverbs 1:7   The first stage in gaining wisdom is essential.

“Knowledge begins with respect for the LORD.”

Proverbs 2:6-8   The rewards of wisdom follow automatically.

“Only the LORD gives wisdom; he gives knowledge and understanding. He stores up wisdom for those who are honest. Like a shield he protects the innocent. He makes sure that justice is done, and he protects those who are loyal to him.”

Proverbs 3:11-12  But living an upright and blameless life requires discipline and self-control.

“My child, do not reject the LORD’s discipline, and don't get angry when he corrects you. The LORD corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in.”

Proverbs 5:3-4   Promiscuity leads to heartache…

“The words of another man's wife may seem sweet as honey; they may be as smooth as olive oil. But in the end she will bring you sorrow, causing you pain like a two-edged sword.”

Proverbs 5:18-19  … While marital fidelity leads to lasting joy.

“Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. She gives you joy, as your fountain gives you water. She is as lovely and graceful as a deer. Let her love always make you happy; let her love always hold you captive.”

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