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Theological Outline of Proverbs

Theological Outline of Proverbs

  • Special Focus Topics
  • Structure and Outline
  • Authorship & Date
  • Application 

Structure

  • 1-9 wisdom in general
  • 10-31 pithy sayings about living wisely
  • Book includes headings for sub-sections
    • Wisdom in General (1-9)
    • Living Wisely
      • Preface (1:1-7)
      • Discussion of Wisdom (1:8 – 9:18)
      • Proverbs of Solomon (10:1-22:16)
      • Words of Wise (22:17-24:34)
      • More Proverbs of Solomon (25:28-29:27)
      • The Words of Agur (30:1-30:33)
        • Meaning of the name “Agur” is “Gathered Together”
      • Words of King Lemuel (31:1-31:31)
        • Meaning of the name of “Lemuel” is “Devoted to God”

Date

  • Solomon 10th century BC
  • Hezekiah men: 700 BC
  • Other writers (Agur and Lemuel) are not known
  • The writing of the book took a long time (Prov. 25:1)

Application of Proverbs

  1. Rule 1, do not apply in a mechanical absolute way
    1. Job 1:1,3,9-11
    2. Proverbs 10:22
    3. Hebrews 10:33-34
  2. Rule 2, Treat wisdom literature like proverbs not as absolute promises, but as inspired commentary on life.
  • Rule 3: Context Matters (Of the situation not of the neighboring verses.)
    1. Proverbs 26:4-5
  1. Rule 4: The context may be an eternity. In light of the final judgment we see some proverbs true, even if we do not see the now.
    1. Proverbs 14:26, 32 (In verse 32, we see a resurrection, type language)
    2. Acts 7:54-60

 

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