Study Guide

Proverbs Chapter 1

Chapter 1

You Got Wiz-Domed

  • The Book of Proverbs begins with a short mission statement. It says that it's here to instruct people in—drumroll, please—wisdom.
  • But it'll also take time to drop some knowledge about justice, equity, shrewdness, and stuff like that. It's targeting this wisdom at an audience including the young and the simple—people who really need it—as well as the wise, so they can kick their wisdom up to Dragon Ball Z levels of firepower.
  • It states that wisdom begins by fearing (and revering) God.

Can't Outwit the Roadrunner 

  • As the actual dispensing of wisdom begins, the author speaks like a parent urging a son to obey his mother and father, since they've got good advice to give.
  • If sinners try to get you to go and ambush innocent people and kill them and steal all their stuff, the author says you should walk away and avoid them.
  • These evil robber-murderers are actually going to kill themselves (because their sins will come back to get them). They are like hunters setting a net while the bird they're trying to catch is watching them (kind of like Wile E. Coyote stalking the Roadrunner).
  • This is what happens to people who are greedy—they lose their lives.

Roll Call 

  • The author imagines Wisdom as being a person—specifically, a woman—who walks through the streets calling out to the ignorant and simple people, asking them how long they'll remain without wisdom.
  • She says that she'll pour out her insights to anyone who pays attention to her. But she'll mock the people who refuse to listen, and who bring disasters and panic on themselves by their willful stupidity.
  • They'll try to find her once they've fallen into calamity, but they won't be able to, because they failed to fear God and heed wisdom's advice earlier. It'll be too late.
  • So, Wisdom says, if you pay heed now, you'll be fine.

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