The Book of Proverbs is filled with valuable life lessons that you and I can implement in our daily lives. This biblical book was written in part by Solomon, Son of King David. Solomon is also believed to be the key figure in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.
Hereunder are 21 valuable life lessons from the Book of Proverbs:
How to Make Friends
The book of Proverbs urges that in order to have friends that you and I must be willing to extend our friendship to others.
Proverbs chp 18 v 24 states:
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.
The Significance of Fearing the Lord
Proverbs explains that the fear of the Lord is truly the bedrock of life, knowledge and wisdom. Several references exist on the importance of developing fear of the lord.
Chapter 1 vs 7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Chapter 9 vs. 10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy understanding.
Chapter 14 vs. 26: In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Chapter 14 vs. 27: The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Chapter 19 vs. 23: The fear of the Lord tendeth of life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Chapter 24 vs. 21: My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.
Chapter 22 vs. 4: By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour and life.
The Importance of Getting Wisdom
Solomon being the wisest man that ever lived described wisdom as the most important thing that we should seek after even more than gold and rubies. Hereunder are supporting scriptural references:
Chapter 2 vs. 10-11: When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
Chapter 7 vs. 4: Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman.
Chapter 14 vs. 8: The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Chapter 15 vs. 7: The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
Chapter 16 vs. 16: How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Chapter 16 vs. 20: He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
Chapter 16 vs. 21: The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Chapter 18 vs. 1: Through desire a man, having separated himself seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
Chapter 24 vs. 3: Through wisdom is a house builded; and by understanding it is established.
Chapter 24 vs. 5: A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
How to Train a Child
Proverbs provides valuable gems on how to train a child:
Chapter 22 vs. 6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Chapter 22 vs. 15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Chapter 23 vs. 13-14: Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, she shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
The Value in Diligence and Preparation
Several examples exist in Proverbs on the value of diligence, planning and preparation. Hereunder are a few of these references.
Chapter 20 vs. 13: Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Chapter 22 vs. 29: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Chapter 29 vs. 18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Chapter 30 vs. 25: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.
How to behavior in various circumstances and situations are covered in the book of Proverbs.
Chapter 20 vs. 1: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Chapter 23 vs1-3: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
The Benefit of Controlling Our Tongue
Managing our mouth is an important virtue which Proverbs emphasizes. Proverbs 13 vs. 3, describes a man that keepeth his tongue as one who keepeth his life. Additional scriptural references of this benefit are as follows:
Chapter 15 vs. 2: The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Chapter 17 vs. 28: Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Chapter 18 vs. 21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Chapter 21 vs. 23: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Chapter 29 vs. 21: A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
The Need to Manage Our Temper
Proverbs admonishes us to control our urge to get angry and describes a person with self-control as one with great understanding in chapter 14 vs. 29. Hereunder are additional verses which supports
Chapter 12 vs. 16: A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
Chapter 14 vs. 17: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
Chapter 16 vs. 32: He that is slow is anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Chapter 19 vs. 11: The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Chapter 22 vs. 24-25: Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare of thy soul.
Chapter 29 vs. 22: An angry man stirreth up strife and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
The Importance of Mentorship
Proverbs in numerous verses refers to friends as counselors and mentors. There are several scriptures in Proverbs that urges you and I to adhere to wise counsel. Proverbs also instructs that our friends should also be mentors. Whether we like it or not, their traits will rub off on us.
Hereunder are some of these verses:-
Proverbs chapter 1 v 5 states:
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
Proverbs chapter 15 v 22 states:
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Proverbs chapter 27 v 17 states:
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs chapter 27 v 9 also echoes similar sentiments:
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
The Personality of Friends
Proverbs distinctly admonishes you and I not to be friends with persons who are angry and hot tempered. Adopting these traits will only cause trouble.
Proverbs chapter 22 v 24-25 states:
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Instead, you and I should chose friends who are wise, so that their wise sayings and lifestyle will positively impact us.
Proverbs chapter 13 v 20 states:
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
The Benefit of Obedience to Parents
Proverbs urges children to obey their mother and father.
Proverbs chapter 1 v 8-9
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs chapter 4 v 1-2
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake not my law.
Proverbs chapter 6 vs. 20-22
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakes, it shall talk with thee.
The Value of Honouring the Lord
Proverbs advises us that we honour the lord with our substance:
Proverbs chapter 3 v 9-10
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Proverbs chapter 6 vs. 4-8
Give not sleep to thine eyes, not slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer and gathereth her food in the harvest.
How to Treat Neighbours
Proverbs chapter 3 v 27- 30
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in thy power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast, it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Proverbs chapter 4 vs. 14-17
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. They way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.
How to Avoid Poverty
Proverbs 10 v 4
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
The Value of Developing Your Gifts
Proverbs 18 v 16
A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Moral and Ethical Behaviour
Proverbs 17 v 9
He that covereth a transgression, seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Proverbs 18 v 8
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Proverbs 18 v 13
He that answereth a matter before he beareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Proverbs 21 v 19
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Book of Proverbs provides details of the 7 deadly sins that the Lord hates:
Chapter 6 v 17-19: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Four Little but Wise Things
Proverbs describes four things that are small but shows wisdom in the way that they live:
Chapter 30 vs. 25-28: the ants tare a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; the conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; the locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; the spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.
Virtues of a Woman
Lastly, Proverbs provides details of the many virtues that a woman should seek to possess. Some of these virtues include:
Chapter 31 vs. 15-18: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
May these references from the wisest man that ever lived stir us up to be better in all areas of our lives. Feel free to share your favourite verses from the book of Proverbs.
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