Monday, February 7, 2011 7:45 AM

Maxims or Promises of Proverbs

Monday, February 7, 2011 7:45 AM
Monday, February 7, 2011 7:45 AM

“Some have misread the book of Proverbs as a book of promises: if you raise your children correctly, they will be godly and never rebel (Prov22:6); if you work hard, you will be rich (Prov10:4); if you act wisely, you will live to a ripe old age (Prov3:2). The reality, however, is that some godly people have troubled kids, and some ungodly people have wonderful children (Ezek. 18:5–18); some hard-working Christians struggle to make ends meet; fools sometimes win the lottery; some godly folk die young of cancer or in a car accident; some who abuse substances defy the odds and live to a ripe old age.

 The maxims of the book of Proverbs express general principles of how God runs the world. Those who live wisely are generally blessed with success in parenting and finances and with long life. The foolish, on the other hand, can generally expect trouble in this life because of their defiance of God’s principles of wisdom. The exceptional cases do not nullify the wisdom of these sayings.[i]

The book of Proverbs is for everyone!

 

  • “Proverbs is written to prepare a young person who faces the challenges and opportunities of responsible adulthood.
  • Proverbs instructs parents in how to train their children (Prov1:8).
  • Proverbs offers the basics of wisdom to those who are young and naive (Prov1:4).
  • Proverbs deepens the understanding of those who are already wise (Prov1:5).
  • Proverbs exposes the fool and the result of his or her arrogant rebellion (Prov1:7).”[ii]


[i] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (13–14). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[ii] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (15). Leominster: Day One Publications.

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