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Pages: 1230

Publisher: Loizeaux

Publish Date: 1996

Edition: Unknown

Condition: New.

Binding: Hardback

Markings: N/A.


Exploring Proverbs Vol I & II

The first verse of this book reads, “The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel.” However, not all of the proverbs were necessarily coined by Solomon. Many years after Solomon’s death Hezekiah asked his scribes to compile Solomon’s proverbs, and these compilers apparently added the sayings of other wise men to the collection. Still, by and large, the primary human author of the book of Proverbs was Solomon.
The Hebrew word translated “Proverbs,” mishlai, is derived from the root word mashal, which means “to rule” as in Genesis 1:18 and 3:16. Mishlai therefore are words and sayings that are supposed to rule and govern life. The book of Proverbs then is not simply a collection of bits of human wisdom. It contains God’s rules.
All countries have proverbs, the distilled wisdom of cultures and races.” Look before you leap” and “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” are examples of English proverbs. A Zulu proverb says, “He who walks into a thunderstorm must put up with the hailstones.” Scandinavians say, “Mix gray locks and golden and spoil two heads” and “Love makes an old man blind.” These are sage human sayings, but the proverbs of the Bible are far more than that. They embody the Philosophy of Heaven for the benefit of the people living earth.