Friday March 6, 2015 7:27 AM Posted by Gary

Welcome to Proverbs

A Historical, Archaeological and Practical Look at the Book of Wisdom: Notes and Insights from Helping Up Mission

The Book of Proverbs is a series of wise sayings mostly attributed to King Solomon. Whether single verse statements or extended poetic sayings, they were well-known and widely accepted truths about life in his time.

We have many of our own wise says today. "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" wrote Benjamin Franklin. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink," said my grandmother (and maybe yours, too). The most popular one here at Helping Up Mission – momma said "I brought you into this world and I can take you out!"

But the wise sayings of the book of Proverbs are more than just observations and their application for life. They are God's message to us about how to live and the opportunity to see, think, feel and act as He does.

All verses, unless otherwise noted, come from the New International Version (NIV). When I started writing my commentary, it was with the 1984 edition of the NIV. The translation was revised again in 2011, but I didn't realize it until 2013! If interested, you can read more about the revisions (most of which I do agree with) at:


Although Proverbs offers insights on a variety of subjects, the book focuses on the quality of "wisdom." In fact, while all God's Word teaches wisdom, it is the key concept in the Book of Proverbs.