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Proverbs 1:2

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

After identifying the nature and author of the contents of the book, Solomon publishes his intent for the book in the next three verses. The first published intent is simplistic but necessary – Solomon wanted his readers to know wisdom and to know instruction. He wanted his readers, in particular his son to perceive the words of understanding.
This wise man’s first goal in sharing his proverbs was simply to inform his hearers of wisdom, instruction and understanding. To perceive the words of understanding means to become aware of such words through the senses. Solomon wanted his listeners to become aware of those things that could eventually change their lives. He knew that there was a large portion of society that was not yet aware of wisdom, instruction and understanding. He was especially concerned with his son who, like every child begins life entirely unaware of the life-saving and life-…

Proverbs 1:1

Proverbs 1:1
"The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;"

What is a Proverb?
A proverb is a short sentence often repeated, expressing a well known truth or common fact, ascertained by experience or observation; a maxim of wisdom. A proverb can be a dark saying of the wise that requires interpretation.
This Book of Proverbs is a collection of Solomon's short sentences ascertained by his own experience or observation. 1 Kings 4 tells us that God gave Solomon excessive wisdom and understanding. His wisdom excelled the wisdom of all other men. He was credited with 3,000 proverbs and an additional 1,005 songs. His proverbs were well known for their connection to Nature and to the Animal Kingdom. People from all over the world came to hear his proverbs. If each verse in the Book of Proverbs was truly his proverb and constituted one proverb, then the Book contains only 915 of his 3,000 proverbs - less than a third!
Of his 3,000 proverbs, these attained Divine Inspirat…