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Proverbs 1:6

Proverbs 1:5-6 "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings."

Verses five and six make up the first proverb in Solomon’s amazing book of wisdom.  Together, the verses challenge the reader to keep reading.  Together, the verses motivate the listener to keep listening.  They paint the picture of a wise person intentionally spending time with the wise in order to become wise.  The reader contemplating abandoning the Book of Proverbs is forced to look at the canvas these two verses paint and see not only the wise man among the wise but the reader will also see the back of foolish man in the corner of the canvas walking away from the wise.  This proverb suggests that the failure to be persistent in the schoolroom of the wise makes the foolish more foolish.
Appropriate for this first proverb, we can explain its teaching by u…

Proverbs 1:5

Proverbs 1:5 "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:"

After outlining the three primary reasons for compiling a collection of his proverbs, Solomon shares his first proverb in verse 5.  As is often the case throughout the Book of Proverbs, this first proverb is separated into two verses in our English Bible.  As expected, this wise man uses his first proverb to motivate his readers to read on and listen up.
Instead of challenging his readers directly to keep reading, he offers them a proverb that indirectly challenges them to keep reading.  The son or student reading this first proverb would be faced with a big decision: keep reading and be considered a wise man or stop reading and be considered a foolish man.  This generic proverb strategically placed at the very beginning of the book was designed to keep the reader reading and listening.  If the reader was tempted to stop reading out of boredom, laziness …

Proverbs 1:4

Proverbs 1:4 "To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion."

The fourth and final reason behind Solomon’s compilation of Proverbs is the first verse to officially identify his target audience.  Here in verse four, the simple and the young man are identified as Solomon’s target audience.  They were his target audience not because of what they had to offer him but instead because of what he had to offer them.  Solomon didn’t compile his proverbs in order to make money or to get wealthy.  He didn’t share his wisdom in order to make friends or to become famous.  He offered his counsel not to get something but instead to give something.  He didn’t see the simple person as an easy way of making money nor did he see the young man as an easy way of selling books.  He saw them through the eyes of God – he saw them as souls in need of godly assistance.
How we see people reveals how God sees us.  If we see the uneducated and the inexperienced as easy targets …

Proverbs 1:3

Proverbs 1:3
"To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;"

Here in verse three, Solomon communicates the second purpose for compiling a collection of his proverbs, which was for the reception of good instruction. The first purpose was to introduce his readers and especially his son to virtue. That purpose was clearly connected to the second purpose as someone can’t receive the instruction of virtue until he or she is first introduced to virtue. As expected, history’s wisest man was very methodically in his approach. The Book of Proverbs was crafted with purpose and that with systematic purpose.
While this book’s author knew his readers had to be first introduced to virtue before they would receive the instruction of virtue, he wasn’t content with just introducing virtue. He sincerely wanted his readers to benefit from the instruction of virtue. The first step was necessary for the second step to be possible. The first step was necessary but the seco…