Proverbs Commentaries

Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding.
Proverbs 3:13


Proverbs Overview
Purpose of Proverbs
to Youth
of Solomon
Proverbs of Solomon (Hezekiah)
of Agur
of Lemuel
First Collection
of Solomon
Second Collection
of Solomon
Wisdom for
Proverbs 1:1
of Wisdom
Proverbs of
Proverbs Copied by Hezekiah's Men Proverbs
of Agur
Proverbs of Lemuel
Proverbs 1:7
Wisdom for
Young Men
Proverbs for
Personal Notes from
Agur & Lemuel
Prologue Principles of Wisdom Epilogue
of Wisdom
of Wisdom

What is a proverb? First, what it is not - a proverb is not a promise or saying definitely guaranteeing the outcome that is being discussed (See MacArthur below). Second, proverb is the Hebrew word mashal which means comparison, similar, parallel. In short, a proverb is a figure of speech in which the author uses comparison in order to present a pithy, poignant observation or instruction. A proverb is a timeless truth in the form of a simple illustration that exposes a fundamental reality of life. Proverbs are practical (not theoretical), easy to memorize (Are you practicing the discipline of Biblical memorization?) and imminently applicable to real life situations.

Are the Proverbs guaranteed Promises? No. John MacArthur offers a good perspective: A final area of challenge comes in understanding that proverbs are divine guidelines and wise observations, i.e., teaching underlying principles (Pr 24:3, 4) which are not always inflexible laws or absolute promises. These expressions of general truth (cf. Pr 10:27; 22:4) generally do have “exceptions,” due to the uncertainty of life and unpredictable behavior of fallen men. God does not guarantee uniform outcome or application for each proverb, but in studying them and applying them, one comes to contemplate the mind of God, His character, His attributes, His works, and His blessings. All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge expressed in Proverbs are hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3).

MacArthur adds: The word “proverb” means “to be like,” thus Proverbs is a book of comparisons between common, concrete images and life’s most profound truths. Proverbs are simple, moral statements (or illustrations) that highlight and teach fundamental realities about life. Solomon sought God’s wisdom (2Chr 1:8–12) and offered “pithy sayings” designed to make men contemplate 1) the fear of God and 2) living by His wisdom (Pr 1:7; 9:10). The sum of this wisdom is personified in the Lord Jesus Christ (1Cor. 1:30).

Wilkinson: Proverbs is the most intensely practical book in the Old Testament because it teaches skillful living in the multiple aspects of everyday life. Its specific precepts include instruction on wisdom and folly, the righteous and the wicked, the tongue, pride and humility, justice and vengeance, the family, laziness and work, poverty and wealth, friends and neighbors, love and lust, anger and strife, masters and servants, life and death. Proverbs touches upon every facet of human relationships, and its principles transcend the bounds of time and culture. (Talk thru the Bible)

Theme of Proverbs:   fear of the LORD is the beginning of....

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Pr 1:7).

The Septuagint rendering amplifies the meaning of Pr 1:7 - The Greek emphasizes wisdom instead of knowledge. Notice that "fools" are equated with the ungodly.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (sophia); and there is good understanding (sunesis = "putting together the pieces") to all that practice it: and piety (eusebeia) toward God is the beginning of discernment (aisthesis); but the ungodly (asebes) will set at naught wisdom and instruction (paideia = "child training")."

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Pr 9:10)

Note that this fear is not "shaking fear" but a reverential awe. It is like a child who fears disappointing their father or losing his approval and thus it is a "healthy" fear, good for our "spiritual health!"

G. Campbell Morgan wrote that there are two kinds of fear:

  1. The fear that God will hurt me; but that is a selfish fear.
  2. The fear that I will hurt Him; a fear founded in love and producing holiness of character and righteousness of conduct. (See Ezekiel 6:9+).

Swindoll - Why is Proverbs so important? Proverbs accomplishes something no other biblical book does: it simply compiles numerous short instructions for living an effective life on earth. While other books articulate profound theological truths, lengthy narratives of triumph and failure, or prophetic preaching to a disobedient people, Proverbs concerns itself completely with instructing people in the path of wisdom. The writers of the book recognized the varied circumstances of a person’s life and provided principles to apply in a variety of situations rather than instructions to follow in only a few specific instances.

What's the big idea? Proverbs states its theme explicitly very early in the book: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). The fear of the Lord refers to our viewing Him with the respect He deserves. It means living our lives in light of what we know of Him, holding Him in the highest estimation, and depending on Him with humble trust. Only then, Proverbs teaches, will we discover knowledge and wisdom (see also Pr 9:10).

In writing the Proverbs, Solomon hoped that his readers would attain practical righteousness in all things and that we would do this by living our lives under the authority and direction of God. He specifically explained the book’s purpose in Pr 1:2–6, focusing on imparting understanding that would impact every facet of our lives. Much of the book emphasizes listening to others so that we might learn from them and apply the combined knowledge of those who have gone before us—such as parents and elders—to the unique circumstances of our own lives (Pr 1:5, 8). Wisdom then involves appropriating a measure of humility, first before God and then before others. If instead, we decide to speak rashly rather than listen attentively . . . well, Proverbs deals with that too (Pr 12:15; 13:3).

How do I apply this? Read it! Then live it! Proverbs contains some of the most applicable nuggets of truth in all of the Bible. Most of the proverbs are pithy statements brimming over with imagery from the real world. This approach allows us to see very clearly how any particular proverb might be applied to any number of everyday situations we encounter—from getting out of bed in the morning to building a strong foundation in our relationships with others. Proverbs reminds us that God concerns Himself not just with the big, cataclysmic events of life but even those mundane, “invisible” moments in our lives as well. Are you following God, even in those seemingly “small” circumstances? Allow Proverbs to refocus your attention on all the hidden moments of your life.


  • Proverbs Introduction - Same as in the study Bible - John MacArthur
    The title in the Hebrew Bible is “The Proverbs of Solomon“ (Pr 1:1), as also in the Greek Septuagint (LXX). Proverbs pulls together the most important 513 of the over 3,000 proverbs pondered by Solomon (1 Kin. 4:32; Eccl. 12:9), along with some proverbs of others whom Solomon likely influenced. The word “proverb” means “to be like,” thus Proverbs is a book of comparisons between common, concrete images and life’s most profound truths. Proverbs are simple, moral statements (or illustrations) that highlight and teach fundamental realities about life. Solomon sought God’s wisdom (2 Chr. 1:8–12) and offered “pithy sayings” designed to make men contemplate 1) the fear of God and 2) living by His wisdom (1:7; 9:10). The sum of this wisdom is personified in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:30).

    The phrase “Proverbs of Solomon” is more a title than an absolute statement of authorship (Pr 1:1). While King Solomon, who ruled Israel from 971–931 B.C. and was granted great wisdom by God (see 1 Ki 4:29–34), is the author of the didactic section (Proverbs 1:1-9:18) and the proverbs of Pr 10:1–22:16, he is likely only the compiler of the “sayings of the wise” in Pr 22:17–24:34, which are of an uncertain date before Solomon’s reign. The collection in Proverbs 25:1-29:27 was originally composed by Solomon (Pr 25:1) but copied and included later by Judah’s king Hezekiah (ca. 715–686 B.C.). Proverbs 30:1-33 reflects the words of Agur and Proverbs 31:1-31 the words of Lemuel, who perhaps was Solomon. Proverbs was not assembled in its final form until Hezekiah’s day or after. Solomon authored his proverbs before his heart was turned away from God (1 Ki 11:1–11), since the book reveals a godly perspective and is addressed to the “naive” and “young” who need to learn the fear of God.....

    Since Proverbs is Wisdom literature, by nature it is sometimes difficult to understand (Pr 1:6)....In Proverbs, Solomon the Sage gives insight into the “knotty” issues of life (1:6) which are not directly addressed in the Law or the Prophets. Though it is practical, Proverbs is not superficial or external because it contains moral and ethical elements stressing upright living which flow out of a right relationship with God. In Pr 4:1–4, Solomon connected 3 generations as he entrusted to his son Rehoboam what he learned at the feet of David and Bathsheba. Proverbs is both a pattern for the tender impartation of truth from generation to generation, as well as a vast resource for the content of the truth to be imparted. Proverbs contains the principles and applications of Scripture which the godly characters of the Bible illustrate in their lives.

    Interpretive Challenges

    The first challenge is the generally elusive nature of Wisdom literature itself. Like the parables, the intended truths are often veiled from understanding if given only a cursory glance, and thus must be pondered in the heart (Pr 1:6; 2:1–4; 4:4–9).

    Another challenge is the extensive use of parallelism, which is the placing of truths side by side so that the second line expands, completes, defines, emphasizes, or reaches the logical conclusion, the ultimate end, or, in some cases, the contrasting point of view. Often the actual parallel is only implied. For example, 12:13 contains an unstated, but clearly implied parallel, in that the righteous one comes through trouble because of his virtuous speech (cf. 28:7). In interpreting the Proverbs, one must: 1) determine the parallelism and often complete what is assumed and not stated by the author; 2) identify the figures of speech and rephrase the thought without those figures; 3) summarize the lesson or principle of the proverb in a few words; 4) describe the behavior that is taught; and 5) find examples inside Scripture.

    Challenges are also found in the various contexts of Proverbs, all of which affect interpretation and understanding. First, there is the setting in which they were spoken; this is largely the context of the young men in the royal court of the king. Second, there is the setting of the book as a whole and how its teachings are to be understood in light of the rest of Scripture. For example, there is much to be gained by comparing the wisdom Solomon taught with the wisdom Christ personified. Third, there is the historical context in which the principles and truths draw on illustrations from their own day.

    A final area of challenge comes in understanding that proverbs are divine guidelines and wise observations, i.e., teaching underlying principles (Pr 24:3, 4) which are not always inflexible laws or absolute promises. These expressions of general truth (cf. Pr 10:27; 22:4) generally do have “exceptions,” due to the uncertainty of life and unpredictable behavior of fallen men. God does not guarantee uniform outcome or application for each proverb, but in studying them and applying them, one comes to contemplate the mind of God, His character, His attributes, His works, and His blessings. All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge expressed in Proverbs are hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3).

  • Book of Proverbs Overview - Insight for Living Ministries - Charles Swindoll
  • Click for chart on Proverbs  - Charles Swindoll

    Why is Proverbs so important? Proverbs accomplishes something no other biblical book does: it simply compiles numerous short instructions for living an effective life on earth. While other books articulate profound theological truths, lengthy narratives of triumph and failure, or prophetic preaching to a disobedient people, Proverbs concerns itself completely with instructing people in the path of wisdom. The writers of the book recognized the varied circumstances of a person’s life and provided principles to apply in a variety of situations rather than instructions to follow in only a few specific instances.

    What's the big idea? Proverbs states its theme explicitly very early in the book: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). The fear of the Lord refers to our viewing Him with the respect He deserves. It means living our lives in light of what we know of Him, holding Him in the highest estimation, and depending on Him with humble trust. Only then, Proverbs teaches, will we discover knowledge and wisdom (see also Pr 9:10).

    In writing the Proverbs, Solomon hoped that his readers would attain practical righteousness in all things and that we would do this by living our lives under the authority and direction of God. He specifically explained the book’s purpose in Pr 1:2–6, focusing on imparting understanding that would impact every facet of our lives. Much of the book emphasizes listening to others so that we might learn from them and apply the combined knowledge of those who have gone before us—such as parents and elders—to the unique circumstances of our own lives (Pr 1:5, 8). Wisdom then involves appropriating a measure of humility, first before God and then before others. If instead, we decide to speak rashly rather than listen attentively . . . well, Proverbs deals with that too (Pr 12:15; 13:3).

    How do I apply this? Read it! Then live it! Proverbs contains some of the most applicable nuggets of truth in all of the Bible. Most of the proverbs are pithy statements brimming over with imagery from the real world. This approach allows us to see very clearly how any particular proverb might be applied to any number of everyday situations we encounter—from getting out of bed in the morning to building a strong foundation in our relationships with others. Proverbs reminds us that God concerns Himself not just with the big, cataclysmic events of life but even those mundane, “invisible” moments in our lives as well. Are you following God, even in those seemingly “small” circumstances? Allow Proverbs to refocus your attention on all the hidden moments of your life.

  • Proverbs Overview - J Vernon McGee
  • Analysis of Proverbs - James Van Dine
  • OT Reflections of Christ in Proverbs - Paul Van Gorder

Excerpt - The divine origin of the book is attested to by the fact that after 3,000 years its counsels still stand, undaunted by modern psychology and education. The keynote of Proverbs is expressed in chapter 1, verse 7, ''The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.'' That distinguishes this book from all of the wisdom literature of the world. It starts with an affirmation, a fundamental truth, that no educator should ignore. The Hebrew philosophers believed there could be no discovery of ultimate truth apart from revelation. And the revelation with which they began was the existence of God. He filled their vision. Modern philosophy has developed a system that is godless and foolish because there is ''no fear of God before their eyes'' (Romans 3:18).


Key Words -- Key Words -- see importance of key words - learn how to mark key words and the associated discipline of how to interrogate them with 5W/H questions. Practice "interrogating" key words as well as term of conclusion (therefore), term of explanation (for), terms of purpose or result (so that, in order that, that, as a result), terms of contrast (but, yet), expressions of time (including thenuntil, after) and terms of comparison (like, as). You will be amazed at how your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, will illuminate your understanding, a spiritual blessing that will grow the more you practice! Be diligent! Consider the "5P's" - Pause to Ponder the Passage then Practice it in the Power of the Spirit. See also inductive Bible study  - observation (Observe With a Purpose), Interpretation (Keep Context KingRead LiterallyCompare Scripture with ScriptureConsult Conservative Commentaries), and then be a doer of the Word with Application. Do not overlook "doing the word" for if you do you are deluding yourself, and are just a "smarter sinner," but not more like the Savior! As Jesus said "blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it." (Lk 11:28+, cf James 1:22+)

Key Words (NAS95):

Fear of the LORD (14x),

Prov. 1:7,29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16,33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17

Wisdom (48x/47v),

Prov. 1:2,7,20; 2:2,6-7,10; 3:13,19,21; 4:5,7,11; 5:1; 7:4; 8:1,5,11-12,14; 9:1,10; 10:13,23,31; 11:2; 13:10; 14:6,8,33; 15:33; 16:16; 17:16,24; 18:1,4; 19:8; 21:30; 23:9,23; 24:3,7,14; 29:3,15; 30:3; 31:26

Wise (62x/58v),

Prov. 1:3,5-6; 3:7,35; 6:6; 8:33; 9:8-9,12; 10:1,8,14,19; 11:30; 12:15,18; 13:1,14,20; 14:1,3,16,24; 15:2,7,12,20,24,31; 16:14,21,23; 17:28; 18:15; 19:20; 20:1,18,26; 21:11,20,22; 22:17; 23:15,19,24; 24:5-6,23; 25:12; 26:5,12; 27:11; 28:11; 29:8-9,11; 30:24

Fool(s) (58x),

Fool - Prov. 7:22; 10:8,10,18,23; 12:15; 13:16; 14:7,16; 15:5; 17:7,10,12,16,21,24,28; 18:2; 19:1,10; 20:3; 23:9; 24:7; 26:1,4-6,8,10-12; 27:3,22; 28:26; 29:11,20; 30:22

Fools - Prov. 1:7,22,32; 3:35; 8:5; 10:21; 12:23; 13:19-20; 14:8-9,24,33; 15:2,7,14; 16:22; 19:29; 26:3,7,9

Folly (17x/17v)

Prov. 5:23; 9:6,13; 12:23; 13:16; 14:24,29; 15:2,14,21; 16:22; 17:12; 18:13; 24:9; 26:4-5,11

Foolish (12x/11v),

Prov. 10:1,14; 11:29; 14:1,3; 15:20; 17:25; 19:13; 21:20; 29:9; 30:32

My son (23x),

Prov. 1:8,10,15; 2:1; 3:1,11,21; 4:10,20; 5:1,20; 6:1,3,20; 7:1; 19:27; 23:15,19,26; 24:13,21; 27:11; 31:2

Guidance (3x),

Prov. 11:14; 20:18; 24:6

Knowledge (40x/39v), 

Prov. 1:4,7,22,29; 2:5-6,10; 3:20; 5:2; 8:9-10,12; 9:10; 10:14; 11:9; 12:1,23; 13:16; 14:6-7,18; 15:2,7,14; 17:27; 18:15; 19:2,25,27; 20:15; 21:11; 22:12,17,20; 23:12; 24:4-5; 28:2; 30:3

Understand(ing) (56x/55v),

Prov. 1:2,5-6; 2:2-3,6,11; 3:5,13,19; 4:1,5,7; 5:1; 7:4; 8:1,5,9,14; 9:4,6,10,16; 10:13,21,23; 11:12; 13:15; 14:6,8,29,33; 15:21,32; 16:16,21-22; 17:10,24,27; 18:2; 19:8,25; 20:5,24; 21:16,30; 23:23; 24:3; 28:2,5,11,16; 29:7,19; 30:2,18

Instruction (16x), 

Prov. 1:2-3,7-8; 4:1-2,13; 5:12,23; 8:10,33; 9:9; 10:17; 15:33; 23:23; 24:32

Discipline (17x), 

Prov. 3:11; 6:23; 7:22; 12:1; 13:1,18,24; 15:5,32; 16:22; 19:18,20,27; 22:15; 23:12-13

Commandment/command (11x), 

Prov. 2:1; 3:1; 4:4; 6:20,23; 7:1-2; 8:29; 10:8; 13:13; 19:16

Truth (12x/12v)

Prov. 3:3; 8:7; 12:17,19; 14:22,25; 16:6; 20:28; 21:28; 22:21; 23:23; 29:14


Prov. 1:3; 2:9,20; 3:33; 4:18; 8:8,18,20; 9:9; 10:2-3,6-7,11,16,20-21,24-25,28,30-32; 11:4-6,8-10,18-19,21,23,28,30-31; 12:3,5,7,10,12-13,21,26,28; 13:5-6,9,21-22,25; 14:19,32,34; 15:6,9,28-29; 16:8,12-13,31; 17:15,26; 18:5,10; 20:7,28; 21:3,12,15,18,21,26; 23:24; 24:15-16,24; 25:5,26; 28:1,12,28; 29:2,6-7,16,27; 31:9

Evil (59x/55v), 

Prov. 1:16,33; 2:12,14; 3:7; 4:14,16,27; 6:14,18,24; 8:13; 11:19,21,27; 12:2,12-13,20; 13:19; 14:16-17,19,22; 15:3,26,28; 16:4,6,17,27,30; 17:4,11,13,20; 19:23; 20:8,22,30; 21:10,27; 22:3; 24:1,8,19-20; 25:10; 27:12; 28:5,10,22; 29:6; 30:32; 31:12

Wicked(ness) (91x/89v),

Prov. 2:22; 3:25,33; 4:14,17,19; 5:22; 6:12,18; 8:7; 9:7; 10:3,6-7,11,16,20,23-25,27-28,30,32; 11:5,7-8,10-11,18,23,31; 12:3,5-7,10,12,21,26; 13:5-6,9,17,25; 14:11,19,32; 15:6,8-9,28-29; 16:4,12; 17:4,15,23; 18:3,5; 19:28; 20:26; 21:4,7,10,12,18,27,29; 24:15-16,19-20,24-25; 25:5,26; 26:23,26; 28:1,4,12,15,28; 29:2,7,12,16,27

Life (46x), 

Prov. 1:19; 2:19; 3:2,16,18,22; 4:10,13,22-23; 5:6; 6:23,26; 7:23; 8:35; 9:11; 10:11,16-17,27; 11:19,30; 12:10,28; 13:3,8,12,14; 14:27,30; 15:4,24,31; 16:15,17,22; 18:21; 19:23; 20:2; 21:21; 22:4,23; 29:10,24; 31:6,12

Live (14x/14v) 

Prov. 1:18,33; 2:21; 3:29; 4:4; 7:2,23; 9:6; 14:25; 15:27; 21:9,19; 23:17; 25:24

Death (20x/20v) 

Prov. 2:18; 5:5; 7:27; 8:36; 10:2; 11:4,19; 12:28; 13:14; 14:12,27; 16:14,25; 18:21; 19:18; 21:6,25; 24:11; 26:18; 28:17

Tongue (18x), 

Prov. 6:17,24; 10:20,31; 12:18-19; 15:2,4; 16:1; 17:4; 18:21; 21:6,23; 25:15,23; 26:28; 28:23; 31:26

Way (80x/74v)

Prov. 1:15,19,31-32; 2:8,12-13,15,20; 3:6,17,23,31; 4:11,14,19,26; 5:6,8,21; 6:6,23; 7:8,25,27; 8:2,13,20,22,32; 9:6; 10:9,29; 11:5; 12:15,26,28; 13:6,15; 14:2,8,12,14; 15:9-10,19; 16:2,7,9,17,25,29,31; 17:23; 19:3; 20:14,24; 21:2,8,16,29; 22:5-6,25; 23:19,26; 25:26; 28:10; 29:15,27; 30:19-20; 31:3,27

But (246x/242v) - The frequency of this conjunction highlights the importance of terms of contrast in the Proverbs. It also furnishes the careful read a "hinge" to aid opening the door of meaning to that specific proverb. Always seek to discern what (why, how, where, etc) is being contrasted. "The two major themes which are interwoven and overlapping throughout Proverbs are wisdom and folly. Wisdom, which includes knowledge, understanding, instruction, discretion, and obedience, is built on the fear of the Lord and the Word of God. Folly is everything opposite to wisdom." (MacArthur)

Prov. 1:18,28,33; 2:22; 3:1,32-33,35; 4:18; 5:4; 6:31; 8:36; 9:18; 10:1ff,11-14,17,19,21,24-25,27ff; 11:1ff,8-9,11ff,17-18,20-21,23,26-28; 12:1ff,10-13,15ff; 13:1-2,4ff,15ff,23-25; 14:1ff,8-9,11-12,14-16,18,20ff,28ff; 15:1-2,4ff,13-15,18ff,25ff,32; 16:1-2,9,14,22,25,33; 17:3,9,22,24; 18:2,12,14,23-24; 19:4,7,12,14,16,21,24-25; 20:3,5-6,14-15,17; 21:2,5,8,11,15,20,28-29,31; 22:3,12; 23:7,17,35; 24:16,25; 25:2; 26:24; 27:3-4,6-7; 28:1-2,4-5,7,10ff,16,18-20,25-28; 29:2-4,6,8,10-11,15-16,18,23-26; 30:24-25; 31:29-30

Bruce Hurt, MD

Verse by Verse Exposition


Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. 

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The Book of Proverbs Chapters 1-15 by Waltke, Bruce
The Book of Proverbs Chapters 15-31 by Waltke, Bruce

Cyril Barber - Within these covers readers are treated to an exposition that lays bare a lifetime of scholarship. Waltke elucidates the structure, authorship, and theology of the book of Proverbs, giving prominence to the contribution of exegesis to exposition. He then carefully applies the teaching of each verse and section to the life of the believer. This is a work that Bible students will treasure!

The wisdom of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes : an introduction to wisdom literature by Kidner, Derek (1985) 180 pages 70 ratings

James Rosscup - An introduction to wisdom writings, touching on themes, and treating readers to recent thought on wisdom literature. He looks at the biblical material alongside apocryphal wisdom sources and parallels in ancient Near Eastern works. He often helps on proverbs that seem to clash, and has insights on how to view the ones that generalize and do not work in some cases. Chapters of this evangelical effort deal with Old Testament wisdom literature, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, recent thought and evaluation of higher critical studies, and the correlation of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes in certain ways. Three appendices treat each Old Testament wisdom writing in relation to Near Eastern works. Kidner also shows comparisons and differences between Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom of Solomon and the Old Testament books. Cf. Bullock under Job for another outstanding study of the Old Testament poetic literature.

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary - Psalms, Proverbs Read some of the 13 ratings

Proverbs : Wisdom for Everyday Life by Kaiser, Walter C

Learning from the Sages. Baker, 1995.Zuck, Roy B.

Part 1 - Overview and Themes in the Book of Proverbs (10 chapters - e.g., "The Vocabulary of Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs Pr 10:1-22:16 and Pr 25-29 by Whybray, Guidelines for Understanding and Proclaiming the Book of Proverbs - 20 pages by Greg W Parsons) Part 2 - Exposition of Specific Passages in the Book of Proverbs - 21 chapters) 449 pages (1995)

Proverbs : God's guide for life's choices by Kroll, Woodrow Michael

The ABC's of wisdom : building character with Solomon by Pritchard, Ray 

Windows of Wisdom : Devotional Studies in Proverbs by Olford, Stephen

Exploring Proverbs (only Volume 2 = Pr 9:6-31:31)- John Phillips - he is always worth checking as he often as excellent illustrations in addition to his pithy style.

James Rosscup - A writer of popular exposition is profitable here to many due to sermonic points, outlines, and illustrations in a book of 1,230 pp. Preachers can find it a catalyst, so can church class teachers and lay readers looking for food given in an easy flow. Phillips has much about wise choices, trust (cf. 3:5–6), purity as in 4:23, dealing with temptation (7:5–21), and such themes. This is at least one of the best recent detailed devotional products on Proverbs. Verses are usually taken in their traditional sense, as 22:6 is on training a child, and 31:10–31 is in assuming godly women who live this way.

Be Skillful : God's Guidebook to Wise Living : OT Commentary : Proverbs by Wiersbe, Warren W

James Rosscup - The “Be” series deals with Prov. 1–9, giving frequent illustrations and terse Wiersbe maxims, in chapters contrasting wisdom/folly, wealth/poverty, also dealing with speech, righteousness, guidance, besetting sins such as disrespect, greed, pride, etc. Preachers, students, and lay users will gain some enrichment.

Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament  - scroll to page 1054

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W 113 ratings

"Even the most difficult Scriptures come alive as Warren Wiersbe leads you book-by-book through the Old Testament and helps you to see the "big picture" of God's revelation. In this unique volume, you will find: • Introductions and/or outlines for every Old Testament book • Practical expositions of strategic chapters • Special studies on key topics, relating the Old Testament to the New Testament • Easy-to-understand expositions that are practical, preachable, and teachable If you have used Dr. Wiersbe's popular BE series, you know how simple and practical his Bible studies are, with outlines that almost teach themselves. If not, you can now discover a wonderful new resource. This work is a unique commentary on every book of the Old Testament. It contains new material not to be found in the BE series.

The Communicator's Commentary. Proverbs by Hubbard, David Allan (Now published as Preacher's Commentary)

Proverbs by Aitken, Kenneth T

James Rosscup - Though Aitken late-dates the present form of Proverbs to fifth/fourth century B. C., he furnishes many insights of value on possible renderings of phrases. He looks at Proverbs 1–9 in sequence, then in 10–31 switches to a topical method, dealing with the scoffer, drunkard, liar and other characters. He also devotes parts to honoring parents, old age, false witnesses, sadness vs. gladness, prayer, etc. All in all it is a very profitable work, and time will be spent well here.

Proverbs : from Biblical Text-- to Contemporary Life by Koptak, Paul E., 

Selected Studies from Proverbs by Swindoll, Charles

Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee - Proverbs - Malachi Proverbs by McGee, J. Vernon 

Proverbs : a Commentary on an Ancient book of Timeless Advice by Alden, Robert L

James Rosscup - Alden was Professor of Old Testament at Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, and also author of a 3-volume commentary on the Psalms and a good work on Job. The present work is based on specialized study into canonical wisdom literature. The commentary deals in capsule style with each verse based on analysis of the Hebrew, but mentions the Hebrew words only occasionally. Alden seeks to relate the message to 20th century life.

Living Wisely in a Foolish World - PROVERBS - by House, H. Wayne

Walking in Wisdom : Studying the Proverbs of Solomon by Mouser, William 

Proverbs : Learning to Live Wisely : 10 studies for individuals or groups by Mouser, William 

Cyril Barber - "Here is a highly recommended book-a gold-miner's manual for all who want to become spiritually wealthy" (Roy B. Zuck).

James Rosscup - A fairly lucid book that can prime the thought and set it running in productive paths as one prepares a message, or as any Christian seeks help from wise counsel.

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of songs by Garrett, Duane 

Proverbs by Garrett, Duane - Briefer than above, but with hints for preaching and teaching

Cyril Barber - Works on the Bible’s wisdom literature is growing, and this volume deserves special consideration as an outstanding, detailed exposition of these three canonical books. Conservative in theology and thorough in scope, Garrett interacts with the different approaches to these books, comments on each verse, and treats technical matters in footnotes. The contents is readable and will be particularly apropos to pastors, Bible class teachers, and lay people desiring to study these seldom read portions of God’s Word.

James Rosscup - A Professor of OT at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary did this evangelical survey. It gives 252 pp. to Prov., 253–345 to Eccles., and 347–432 to the Song. Garrett opts for Solomonic authorship of much in Prov., of Eccles., and of the Song. He sees the Song as fitting the last of 7 views he surveys, that of a love song, not on historical events, the “Solomon” being a poetic symbol for the splendor of the bridegroom (365). This will not commend itself to all as being necessary. He sees Eccles. as teaching readers to realize they are mortals who must put away illusions of self-importance, face death and life firmly, accept with humility their human limitations, rely on God, enjoy life as His gift, and revere Him (278). He explains some proverbs, skips some in generalizing summaries of several. But he brings well-informed perceptions to supply the main ideas, often syntheses, but often as well details on salient points in verses. Overall the work gives frequent and valuable helps, and is usable for scholars, pastoral workers, church teachers, students, and Christians in devotional times.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes; introduction and commentary by Jones, Edgar, 

The Practical Wisdom of Proverbs by Goldberg, Louis, Proverbs 1-9

Cyril Barber - Provides a commentary on chapters 1—9 with subsequent chapters devoted to “God and Man,” “The Believer and His Emotions,” etc. As Joseph M. Stowell points out in his Foreword, ‘There is a core of common-sense principles that keeps us safe and sane in the challenging enterprise of life itself,” and these principles are explained by Goldberg in his book. Stowell continues, “After studying Proverbs through the lens of this book, your heart will be equipped to live wisely to the glory of God.”

The Bible Commentary : Proverbs-Ezekiel abridged and edited by J M Fuller

How to Read Proverbs by Longman, Tremper

New Bible Commentary - J A Motyer authored Psalms. (1994) See user reviews

Proverbs : a Self-study Guide by Jensen, Irving

James Rosscup - (This note is on his commentary not the self-study guide above) In the Everyman’s Bible Commentary series, this is a 116-page simple layman’s help geared to provoke application to life. Several charts and a detailed outline printed at the outset and followed in the sweeping survey help in this. Of course many verses are passed over, but the survey draws many things together in perspective and can be a catalyst used along with more detailed works in preparation to preach or teach or just to enjoy a brief sketch that can refresh.

Understanding the Old Testament Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah by Scripture Union

Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962).  Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary below.

Proverbs section written by Harris, R. Laird in Wycliffe Bible Commentary -   A competent, well-studied and often contributing treatment by a top Old Testament conservative scholar. One of the best brief commentaries, offering considerable insight.

Rosscup - Conservative and premillennial scholars here have been experts in their fields. The work contains brief introductions and attempts to give a verse-by-verse exposition, though it does skip over some verses. The treatments vary with the authors, but as a whole it is a fine one-volume commentary for pastors and students to use or give to a layman. Outstanding sections include, for example: Whitcomb on Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Culver on Daniel; Ladd on Acts; Harrison on Galatians; Johnson on I Corinthians; and Ryrie on the Johannine Epistles.

Bible Knowledge Commentary - Old Testament - 1608 pages. Dallas Theological Seminary Faculty - Proverbs by Sid Buzzell

James Rosscup - A former teacher at the Dallas Theological Seminary has done this concise, clear, adept work. He shows a fine grasp of Hebrew exegesis and word meaning, use of context where it is pertinent, parallelism, customs, etc. The pastor, other church worker or layperson who uses this for preparation to speak or to live in God’s values will benefit much.

Wise Words : Family Stories that bring the Proverbs to life by Leithart, Peter J

The Complete Guide to the Book of Proverbs by Jones, Cody L.

James Rosscup - Jones uses 566 large pp. to compile brief (a paragraph or page) synopses of what selected proverbs convey on dozens of topics. Some themes are: wisdom, kindness, violence, watching the heart, smooth talk, wrongs to shun, drinking from one’s own well, etc. Often, entries reflect on customs (as substances for eye make-up, 6:25b, p. 59). One section gives six popular translations in six parallel cols. (328–545), another prints NT references to Proverbs. An index helps users find topics. As is clear, the work is not a complete guide but a partial one.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes; introduction and commentary by Jones, Edgar,

James Rosscup - The Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Northern Congregational College, Manchester, England did this. He feels that some parts of Proverbs linked with Solomon’s name may be due to Solomon, but the majority of the material comes from later times (8th to 3rd centuries). In his theorizing Solomon did not write Ecclesiastes; rather more than one teacher in the wisdom school wrote parts of the book, taking the pseudonym of Solomon ca. 250 B. C. Verse by verse this is usually a fair, though quite concise commentary touching on some of the most crucial aspects and based on use of modern critical scholarship on the liberal side. The brevity results in passing over many verses with generalized comments too sparse to be of serious help (cf. Prov. 3:5, 6; 22:6). His lists of sources do not reflect use of evangelical works available when he wrote.

Queen of Hearts : the Role of Today's Woman, Based on Proverbs 31 by Briscoe, Jill

Cyril Barber - Delightful devotional messages. It is hard to imagine anyone's not being blessed by what Mrs. Briscoe relates


Note: The first 3 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function: 

(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings

Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective   user reviews 

The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.

(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.

(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.  917 ratings

Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Often has very insightful comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.

Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application. The 2-column format runs verse by verse for the most part, usually in a helpfully knowledgeable manner, and there are several special sections such as “Prayer” in Acts and “Legalism” in Galatians. The premillennial view is evident on Acts 1:63:20Romans 11:26Galatians 6:16, Revelation 20, etc.

Evangelical Commentary on the Bible -  editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews.

HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit

Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit

The MacArthur Study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes for conservative, literal perspective. 1,275 ratings

ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings

Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition (1994) 2232 pages

The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes by well known creationist. 45 ratings 

Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages  - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit

NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit 

NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version) 

Disciple's Study Bible: New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship. 

The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)

The Holman Illustrated Study Bible 120 ratings Includes the excellent Holman maps but otherwise of little help in serious study.


Halley's Bible Handbook Henry H. Halley - (2000) 2720 pages (much larger than original edition in 1965 and no time limit on use). (Halley's Bible handbook : an abbreviated Bible commentary - one hour limit 1965 872 pages)

Rosscup - A much-used older evangelical handbook bringing together a brief commentary on Bible books, some key archaeological findings, historical background, maps, quotes, etc. It is helpful to a lay Bible teacher, Sunday School leader, or pastor looking for quick, pertinent information on a Bible book. This is the 72nd printing somewhat revised. Halley packed in much information. Unger’s is better overall, but that is not to say that Halley’s will not provide much help on basic information.

The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.

"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking! 

The New Unger's Bible Dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-

Every prophecy of the Bible: Walvoord, John F

IVP Background Commentary  - OT - John Walton 

Zondervan Atlas of The Bible By: Umair Mirza

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical. 

Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (DDD) - 950 pages (1995) Read some of the 65 ratings (4.8/5 Stars). A definitive in depth resource on this subject. Very expensive to purchase. 


The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe - Comments from over 90 leading apologists, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland, see reviews. Here is a review from The Christian Reviewer.

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Geisler, Norman

Cyril Barber - This is a goldmine of valuable information! Well-indexed. Covers everything from “Absolute Truth” to “Zen Buddhism.” Extensive articles on such topics as “Agnosticism,” “Annihilationism,” “Bible, Alleged Errors in,” “Gnosticism,” “Miracles in the Bible,” “New Testament Manuscripts,” and “Objections to Resurrection,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Edward John Carnell,” “Christ, Death of,” are only a few of the insightful essays in this masterful work. Each article has been written in an understandable way, and a 28 page bibliography forms a valuable source for further research. An excellent resource.

Evidence That Demands A Verdict - Josh McDowell

The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict - Josh McDowell

More Than A Carpenter - A modern classic by Josh McDowell - Great resource for those who are skeptical that Jesus is fully God, fully Man.

Encyclopedia of Bible difficulties by Archer, Gleason L - or here with no restrictions

Hard Sayings of the Bible - Walter Kaiser

When Critics Ask - Norman Geisler


Today's Handbook of Bible Times & Customs by Coleman, William L

Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Manners & Customs : How the People of the Bible Really Lived by Vos, Howard Frederic

Manners & Customs of the Bible (The New Manners and Customs)  Freeman, James M., 1827-1900 Published 1998

The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times: Gower, Ralph, 1933- Published 1987

Manners and Customs of Bible lands By: Wight, Fred Published 1983

Manners and Customs in the Bible By: Matthews, Victor Harold Published 1991

Handbook of life in Bible times By: Thompson, J. A. (John Arthur), 1913-2002 Published 1986

Illustrated dictionary of Bible manners and customs By: Deursen, A. van (Arie), 1891-1963 Published 1982

The Illustrated Guide to Bible Customs & Curiosities by Knight, George W. 

Orientalisms in Bible lands, giving light from customs, habits, manners, imagery, thought and life in the East for Bible students By: Rice, Edwin Wilbur, 1831-1929 Published 1910

Bible manners and customs By: Mackie, G. M. 1854-1922 Published 1898

Teach it to your children : how kids lived in Bible days By: Vamosh, Miriam Feinberg, author

Everyday life in Bible times : work, worship, and war  By: Embry, Margaret Published 1994

Everyday living : Bible life and times : fascinating, everyday customs and traditions from the people of the Bible  Published 2006

The Land and the Book; or, Biblical illustrations drawn from the manners and customs, the scenes and scenery, of the Holy land  By: Thomson, William M. (William McClure), 1806-1894 Published 1880

Eastern manners illustrative of the Old Testament history By: Jamieson, Robert, 1802-1880 Published 1838

Scripture manners and customs : being an account of the domestic habits, arts, etc., of Eastern nations mentioned in Holy Scripture Published  1895


Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament by Harris, R. Laird - (5/5 Stars) One of the best OT lexicons for studying Hebrew words.

Here is another link to the TWOT which has no time limit on use and does allow copy and paste. Can be downloaded as PDF. 

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words - Online pdf

Hebrew Honey: a simple and deep word study of the Old Testament - 330 pages.  The definitions have more of a devotional flavor. For example, see the descriptive definition for "Abide" (Hebrew - gur)

Expository Dictionary of Bible Words by Richards, Larry,  It does not go into great depth on the Greek or Hebrew words but does have some excellent insights. 

So That's What it Means (Theological Wordbook) - Formerly titled "Theological Wordbookedited by Charles Swindoll. It is now under this new title So That's What it Means and can be borrowed - it is more like a dictionary than a lexicon but the comments are superb! The contributors include Donald Campbell, Wendell Johnston, John Witmer, John Walvoord 

Nelson's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill. Indexed by English word and then any related Hebrew nouns or verbs. Definitions are solid and geared to the lay person. 

Synonyms of the Old Testament-Robert Girdlestone

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From Paul Apple's Introduction - 53 page resource in outline format with frequent quotes from respected sources. Here are some helpful general comments on the significance and usefulness of Proverbs for our daily life....

Goldberg: The teachings of Chapters 1-9 are considered: to understand the goal of wisdom in her outreach; why the fruits of wisdom are so important; how the disciple can be wise in the ways of the Lord, as well as in the practicalities of life; the burden the father carries in his spiritual leadership of the family; the call for chastity, with good instruction in how to avoid the temptation of immorality; the abundant folly we run into and how we can avoid it; and why and how we should respond to the call of wisdom to avoid "folly's cursed crumbs."

Lane: Job and Ecclesiastes are speculative wisdom, for they investigate why things are as they are and how we can make sense of them. Proverbs is practical wisdom, showing us what we can do to get on in this puzzling world without losing our way and ending in disaster. Whether or not we ever come to solve the problems aired in the other two books, we can still come to terms with this world. We don't have to opt out and spend the whole of our lives thinking. We can get on with living in the real world, conquer our limitations and get along with other people. No book gives us more help in this than Proverbs.

House and Durham: By God's grace, the book of Proverbs enables each of us to have God's insight on how to live lives that will glorify Him; how to build up others; and how to be at peace with ourselves. Following its precepts will bring success in business and in the home. Through heeding its advice, we can avoid those regrettable pitfalls that can make life so difficult. If we listen to God's wisdom, we will experience joy and laughter rather than feeling the sorrow and despair that are so much a part of those who heed the "spirit of the age." Proverbs speaks to every area of life we will ever encounter. No stone is left unturned; no path not taken. The only issue in question is whether we will consider its ways and follow its advice.

Stedman: Life is simply too big for us to handle by ourselves. No matter how good the advice seems to be, if it isn't consistent with what God has told us, it is not to be trusted. And that is the conclusion that is reached through these opening chapters. Chapters 8 and 9 personify the two ways of life. Wisdom is seen as a beautiful woman, calling those who follow her to come away into the place of victory and achievement and success in life, while folly, or foolishness, which thinks everything it does is right in its own eyes, is personified as an evil woman -- attractive, alluring, tempting us to step aside into death. It is a marvelously-beautiful poetic passage.

Mouser: Two mistakes Christians make in interpreting proverbs: 1) Some Christians read the proverbs as if they were inflexible laws of God's creation, admitting no exceptions and 2) Christians will sometimes confuse proverbs with promises... However, proverbs in Solomon's collection are not promises made by God, but are guides which are to direct people in living successful and productive lives. (All of the above are from Paul Apple's introduction to proverbs)

Laws from Heaven for Life on Earth

Highly Recommended-Wonderful Illustrations of Scriptural Truths

Suggestion: Read it As A Devotional as you spend a month in Proverbs.

James Rosscup - These homilies were originally issued in 1857 as Illustrations of the Book of Proverbs, later as Laws from Heaven for Life on Earth (1878). There is much rich material, but Arnot skips Proverbs 7 and 21, and various verses in the other chapters. The work is famous for the grasp of spiritual truths and the easy-flowing style.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "We wish Dr. Arnot had gone steadily through the whole book, for his mind was of an order peculiarly adapted for such a task. Those passages which he dilates upon are set in a clear and beautiful light. For a happy blending of illustrative faculty, practical sound sense, and spirituality, Dr. Arnot was almost unrivalled." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

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  1. I.      THE PREACHER - Proverbs 1:1
  2. II.      THE BOOK—PROVERBS - Proverbs 1:6
  3. III.      THE ROOT OF KNOWLEDGE - Proverbs 1:7
  4. IV.      THE FAMILY - Proverbs 1:8
  5. V.      FILIAL LOVE A BLOSSOM OF BEAUTY - Proverbs 1:9
  6. VI.      THE FOE AND THE FIGHT - Proverbs 1:10
  7. VII.      FILTHY LUCRE - Proverbs 1:19
  8. VIII.      THE CRY OF WISDOM - Proverbs 1:20-22
  9. IX.      A REVIVAL - Proverbs 1:23
  10. X.      SOWING DISOBEDIENCE, REAPING JUDGMENT - Proverbs 1:24-28
  11. XI.      SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND - Proverbs 2:4-5
  12. XII.      PERILS IN THE DEEP - Proverbs 2:12-19
  13. XIII.      WISDOM RECEIVED AND RETAINED - Proverbs 2:10-11
  14. XIV.      THE ART OF PRINTING - Proverbs 3:3
  15. XV.      TRUST - Proverbs 3:5
  16. XVI.      THE HEALTH OF HOLINESS - Proverbs 3:7-8
  17. XVII.      CAPITAL AND PROFIT - Proverbs 3:9
  19. XIX.      MAKING A FORTUNE - Proverbs 3:13-15
  20. XX.      A LENGTHENED DAY, AND A PLEASANT PATH - Proverbs 3:16-17
  21. XXI.      WISDOM MAKING AND MANAGING WORLDS - Proverbs 3:19-20
  23. XXIII.      THE RIGHT THING DONE AT THE RIGHT TIME - Proverbs 3:27-28
  25. XXV.      PRECEPT AND EXAMPLE - Proverbs 4:10-11
  26. XXVI.      HOLD FAST - Proverbs 4:13
  27. XXVII.      THE PATH OF THE JUST - Proverbs 4:18-19
  28. XXVIII.      THE FOUNTAIN AND ITS STREAMS  - Proverbs 4:23-27
  29. XXIX.      FAMILY JOYS - Proverbs 5:15
  31. XXXI.      SEVEN HATEFUL THINGS - Proverbs 6:16-19
  32. XXXII.      MOTHER’S LAW - Proverbs 6:20-24
  34. XXXIV.      RANK AND RICHES - Proverbs 8:18,21
  37. XXXVII.      REPROOF - Proverbs 9:7, 9, 12
  38. XXXVIII.      THE PLEASURES OF SIN - Proverbs 9:13-18
  39. XXXIX.      THE PLACE AND POWER OF A SON - Proverbs 10:1
  40. XL.      DILIGENT IN BUSINESS - Proverbs 10:4
  41. XLI.      POSTHUMOUS FAME - Proverbs 10:7
  43. XLIII.      THE WELL OF LIFE, AND THE TREASURES OF WISDOM - Proverbs 10:11, 14
  44. XLIV.      THE MONEY POWER - Proverbs 10:15
  45. XLV.      THE LIPS AND TONGUE - Proverbs 10:19-21
  46. XLVI.      THE BLESSING OF THE LORD MAKETH RICH - Proverbs 10:22
  47. XLVII.      A FOOL’S SPORT - Proverbs 10:23, 14:9
  49. XLIX.      THE GREATNESS OF LITTLE THINGS - Proverbs 10:26
  50. L.      HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY - Proverbs 11:1
  51. LI.      ASSORTED PAIRS  - Proverbs 11:2-3
  52. LII.      HYPOCRITES AND TALE-BEARERS  - Proverbs 11:9,13
  53. LIII.      DEBTS AND SURETIES  - Proverbs 11:15
  54. LIV.      AS WE SOW, WE REAP  - Proverbs 11:17, 18, 20
  55. LV.      A JEWEL ILL SET  - Proverbs 11:22
  56. LVI.      THE DESIRE OF THE RIGHTEOUS  - Proverbs 11:23
  58. LVIII.      THE WATERER IS WATERED  - Proverbs 11:25
  60. LX.      ;THE TREE AND ITS BRANCH  - Proverbs 11:28
  61. LXI.      THE WISDOM OF WINNING SOULS  - Proverbs 11:30
  62. LXII.      A BITTER BUT HEALTHFUL MORSEL  - Proverbs 12:1
  63. LXIII.      A HUSBAND’S CROWN  - Proverbs 12:4
  64. LXIV.      THE WICKED ARE CRUEL—THE LIARS ARE CAUGHT  - Proverbs 12:10,13
  65. LXV.      HOPE DEFERRED  - Proverbs 13:12
  66. LXVI.      GOD’S WORD THE PRESERVER OF NATIONS  - Proverbs 13:13
  67. LXVII.      THE HARD WAY  - Proverbs 13:15
  68. LXVIII.      THE CHOICE OF COMPANIONS  - Proverbs 13:20
  69. LXIX.      THE FATHER WHO HATES HIS SON  - Proverbs 13:24
  70. LXX.      SECULARISM  - Proverbs 14:6
  71. LXXI.      WISDOM MODEST, AND FOLLY RASH  - Proverbs 14:7, 16
  72. LXXII.      SYMPATHY  - Proverbs 14:10
  73. LXXIII.      A MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS BELIEF  - Proverbs 14:12
  74. LXXIV.      THE BACKSLIDER  - Proverbs 14:14
  75. LXXV.      THE TRUSTFUL AND THE TRUTHFUL  - Proverbs 14:15
  76. LXXVI.      WITNESSES  - Proverbs 14:25
  77. LXXVII.      THE PLACE OF REFUGE  - Proverbs 14:26
  78. LXXVIII.      ENVY—THE DISEASE AND THE CURE  - Proverbs 14:30
  79. LXXIX.      THE MERCIFUL  - Proverbs 14:31
  81. LXXXI.      THE TRUTH IN LOVE  - Proverbs 15:1
  82. LXXXII.      THE ALL-SEEING  - Proverbs 15:3,11
  83. LXXXIII.      A WHOLESOME TONGUE  - Proverbs 15:4
  84. LXXXIV.      MIRTH A MEDICINE  - Proverbs 15:13
  85. LXXXV.      TASTES DIFFER  - Proverbs 15:14, 21
  86. LXXXVI.      HUMILITY BEFORE HONOUR  - Proverbs 15:33
  87. LXXXVII.      THE MAKER AND THE BREAKER OF A FAMILY’S PEACE  - Proverbs 15:16, 17, 27
  89. LXXXIX.      MERCY AND TRUTH  - Proverbs 16:6
  90. XC.      PROVIDENCE  - Proverbs 16:9
  92. XCII.      THE HIGHWAY OF THE UPRIGHT  - Proverbs 16:17
  93. XCIII.      THE WELL-SPRING OF LIFE  - Proverbs 16:22
  94. XCIV.      THE CRUELTY OF FOOLS  - Proverbs 17:12
  95. XCV.      FRIENDSHIP - Proverbs 17:17
  96. XCVI.      THE BIAS ON THE SIDE OF SELF - Proverbs 18:17
  97. XCVII.      A WIFE - Proverbs 18:22
  98. XCVIII.      ANGER - Proverbs 19:11
  99. XCIX.      A POOR MAN IS BETTER THAN A LIAR - Proverbs 19:22
  100. C.      THE DECEITFULNESS OF STRONG DRINK - Proverbs 20:1
  101. CI.      THE SLUGGARD SHALL COME TO WANT - Proverbs 20:4
  102. CII.      WISDOM MODEST, FOLLY OBTRUSIVE - Proverbs 20:5,6
  104. CIV.      BUYERS AND SELLERS - Proverbs 20:14
  105. CV.      A GOOD NAME - Proverbs 22:1
  106. CVI.      THE RICH AND THE POOR MEET TOGETHER - Proverbs 22:2
  107. CVII.      HIDING-PLACES FOR THE PRUDENT - Proverbs 22:3
  108. CVIII.      EDUCATION - Proverbs 22:6
  109. CIX.      THE BONDAGE OF THE BORROWER - Proverbs 22:7
  110. CX.      CONVENIENT FOOD - Proverbs 23:1-3
  111. CXI.      THE RIGHTS OF MAN - Proverbs 23:10,11, 22:22, 23
  112. CXII.      A FAITHFUL FATHER - Proverbs 23:15-35
  113. CXIII.      THE PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED - Proverbs 24:1, 19, 20
  114. CXIV.      A BROTHER’S KEEPER - Proverbs 24:11, 12
  115. CXV.      PIETY AND PATRIOTISM - Proverbs 24:21
  116. CXVI.      THE SLUGGARD’S GARDEN - Proverbs 24:30-34
  117. CXVII.      MONARCHS, UNDER GOD AND OVER MEN - Proverbs 25:1-5
  118. CXVIII.      A FAITHFUL MESSENGER - Proverbs 25:13, 19
  119. CXIX.      THE FIRE THAT MELTS AN ENEMY - Proverbs 25:21,22
  120. CXX.      A TIME TO FROWN AND A TIME TO SMILE - Proverbs 25:23
  121. CXXI.      COLD WATERS TO THE THIRSTY SOUL - Proverbs 25:25
  123. CXXIII.      NOW, OR TO-MORROW - Proverbs 27:1
  124. CXXIV.      THE COUNTENANCE OF A FRIEND- Proverbs 27:17
  125. CXXV.      CONSCIENCE - Proverbs 28:
  126. CXXVI.      SIN COVERED AND SIN CONFESSED - Proverbs 28:13
  127. CXXVII.      THE FEAR OF MAN BRINGETH A SNARE - Proverbs 29:25
  128. CXXVIII.      PHILOSOPHY AND FAITH - Proverbs 30:1-9
  129. CXXIX.      LEMUEL AND HIS MOTHER - Proverbs 31:1
  130. CXXX.      A HEROINE - Proverbs 31:10-31
  131. CXXXI.      FAITH AND OBEDIENCE—WORK AND REST - Proverbs 30:30, 31

Commentary on Proverbs

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Book of Proverbs
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Exposition of the Book of Proverbs

James Rosscup comments - "Originally issued in 1850, this conservative work is still valuable. Spurgeon called it the best book on Proverbs in his day. About one page, sometimes more, is devoted to each proverb. There is some good exposition, and the emphasis of the work is mainly practical...Bridges also did the famous work on Psalm 119." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "The best work on the Proverbs. The Scriptural method of exposition so well carried out by Bridges renders all his writings very suggestive to ministers. While explaining the passage in hand, he sets other portions of the word in new lights." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

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  • Proverbs 1:1-7 The Beginning of Knowledge
  • Proverbs 1:8-19 Life or Death
  • Proverbs 1:20-23 Wisdom's Sermon
  • Proverbs 2:1-22 Searching for Treasure
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 The Invisible Hand
  • Proverbs 3:13-35 Wisdom's Reward
  • Proverbs 4:1-27 The Godly Home
  • Proverbs 5:1-23 Avoiding Scandal
  • Proverbs 6:1-35 Things God Hates
  • Proverbs 7:1-27 Seduction
  • Proverbs 8:1-36 Success
  • Proverbs 9:1-18 Rival Houses
  • Proverbs 10:1-32 Wealth and Words
  • Proverbs 11:1-31 Security
  • Proverbs 12:1-28 The Good and the Bad
  • Proverbs 13:1-25 A Divine Feast
  • Proverbs 14:1-35 Home Builders
  • Proverbs 15:1-33 Teaching and Learning
  • Proverbs 16:1-33 Our Sovereign God
  • Proverbs 17:1-28 Fools and Friends
  • Proverbs 18:1-24 The Social and Antisocial
  • Proverbs 19:1-29 Wealth and Poverty
  • Proverbs 20:1-21:31 Control
  • Proverbs 22:1-16 Education
  • Proverbs 22:17-23:21 Worldliness
  • Proverbs 23:12-35 Discipline or Death
  • Proverbs 24:1-24 Strength and Sloth
  • Proverbs 25:1-28 Advice for Court and Conflicts
  • Proverbs 26:1-28 A Rogues Gallery
  • Proverbs 27:1-27 Fellowship
  • Proverbs 28:1-28 The Wicked and the Righteous, part I
  • Proverbs 29:1-27 The Wicked and the Righteous, part II
  • Proverbs 30:1-33 Against Arrogance
  • Proverbs 31:1-31 A Just Man and a Strong Woman



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Keeping the Heart

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  • Baltes, Paul B. and Staudinger, U. M. "Wisdom: A Metaheuristic (Pragmatic) to Orchestrate Mind and Virtue Toward Excellence," American Psychologist 55 (2000) 122-36. Paper found at the Max Planck Institute. available online
  • The Sovereignty of Yahweh in the Book of Proverbs: An   Exercise in Theological Exegesis," M. Div. Thesis, Talbot Theological  Seminary, 1983 (83 pgs). html  pdf 
  • Bellis, Alice Ogden. "The Gender and Motives of the Wisdom Teacher in Proverbs 7." Bulletin for Biblical Research 6 (1996) 15-22. Html
  • Bricker, Daniel."The Doctrine of the 'Two Ways' in Proverbs," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38.4 (1995) 501-18. Pdf
  • Bland, Dave. "Formation of Character in the Book of Proverbs."Restoration Quarterly 40.4 (1998) 221-237. Pdf
  • Byargeon, Rick W. "The Structure and Significance of Prov 9:7-12," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40.3 (1997) 367-375. Pdf
  • Burdett, David. "Wisdom Literature and the Promise Doctrine." Trinity Journal 3 (Spring 1974):1-13. Pdf
  • Chisholm, Robert B. "'Drink Water from Your Own Cistern': A Literary Study of Proverbs -23." Bibliotheca Sacra 157 (628) (2000) 397-409. Pdf
  • Curtis, Edward M. "Old Testament Wisdom: A Model for Faith-Learning Integration," Christian Scholars Review 15.3 (1986) 213-27. Pdf
  • Davis, John J. "The Rhetorical Use of Numbers in the Old Testament." Grace Journal 8 (1967): 40-48.Pdf
  • Franklin, Benjamin. "The Way of Wealth" [1758]." Pdf
  • Frost, Robert "Mending Wall [Poem, 1914]. Pdf
  • Finkbeiner, Douglas. "An Analysis of the Structure of Proverbs 28 and 29." Calvary Baptist Theol Journal 11.2 (1995) 1-14. Pdf
  • Godbey, Allen Howard. "The Hebrew Masal." The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literature 39 (1922-23) 89-108. Pdf
  • Hawkins, Tom R. "The Wife of Noble Character in Proverbs 31:10-31." Bibliotheca Sacra 153 (1995) 12-23. Pdf
  • Hildebrandt, Ted. "Proverbs 22:6a: Train Up a Child?" Grace Theo Journ 9.1 (1988) 3-19.  Pdf
  • ________. "Justifying the Fear of God" [short version] (ETS Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 18, 2010)  .pdf
  • ________. "Motivation and Antithetic Parallelism in Proverbs 10-15. J of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.4 (1992) 433-444.  Pdf
  • _______. "Proverbial Strings: Cohesion in Proverbs 10." Grace Theological Journal 11.2 (1990) 171-185. Pdf
  • _______. "The Proverb: an interdisciplinary approach to a biblical genre," Tenure Paper, 70 pages. Gordon College, Sept. 1, 2005. Pdf
  • Johnson, John E. "An Analysis of Proverbs 1:1-7." Bib Sac 144 (576) (1987) 419-432.  Pdf (another source)
  • Millard, A. R. "In Praise of Ancient Scribes." Bible & Spade 2.2-4 (Spring-Autumn, 1982): 33‑46. Pdf
  • Moore, M. "Wise Women" or Wisdom Woman? A Biblical Study of Women's Roles. Restoration Quarterly 35.3 (1993) 147-158.  Pdf
  • Parsons, Greg W. "Guidelines for Understanding and Proclaiming the Book of Proverbs," BibSac 150 (April-June, 1993) 151-70.  Pdf
  • Paterson, W. P. "The Fools of the Bible." ExpTimes 11 (1899): 13-16.  Pdf
  • Patterson, Richard D. "The Widow, the Orphan and the Poor in the Old Testament and Extra-Biblical Literature." BibSac 130 (1973): 223-34. Pdf
  • Smith, Gary. "The Concept of God/the Gods as King in the Ancient Near East and the Bible." Trinity Journal 3 (1982): 18-38.   Pdf
  • Farrar, F. W. Solomon: His Life and His Times (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1886/9?) (217 pgs). pdf 
  • Spurgeon, Charles H. Spurgeon on Proverbs (online book constructed by Ted Hildebandt from the website and generosity of Tony Capoccia pdf 
  • Steinmann, Andrew E. "Proverbs 1-9 as a Solomonic Composition," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43.4 (2000) 659-674. Pdf
  • Stek, John. "Proverbs: An Introduction." Calvin Theological Journal 36.1 (2001) 342-371. Pdf
  • Waltke, Bruce K. "The Book of Proverbs and Ancient Wisdom Literature." Bibliotheca Sacra 136 (July-September 1979): 221-38.Pdf
  • ________. "The Book of Proverbs and Old Testament Theology." Bibliotheca Sacra 136 (October-December 1979):302-17.  Pdf
  • ________. "Does Proverbs Promise Too Much." Andrews University Seminary Studies 34.3 (1996) 319-336. Pdf
  • Wilbanks, Pete F. "Non-Proverb Proverbial Bookends: A Possible Lens for Viewing the Book of Proverbs," Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Regional, March 26, 1999; New Orleans, LA. 45 pgs. Pdf
  • Wilbanks, Pete F. "The Persuasion of Form: A Rhetorical Analysis of Pr. 31:10-31," Evangelical Theological Society Southeast Regional, March 2001; Toccoa Falls, GA. 14 pgs.  Pdf
  • Wiles, John Keating. The "Enemy" in Israelite Wisdom Literature (Ph. D. dissertation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982). 360 pgs.).  html pdf
  • Wolters, Al. "Nature and Grace in the Interpretation of Proverbs 31:10-31." Calvin Theo Journ 19 (1984): 153-166.  Pdf
  • Zuck, Roy B. "Hebrew Words of 'Teach'." Bib Sac 121 (1964): 228-235.  Pdf

from Pulpit Commentary

Notes on the
Book of Proverbs

Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible

See also the index to the Unabridged Version

Commentary on the Old Testament

Jim Rosscup comments: From the standpoint of Hebrew exegesis and careful detailed scholarship this is very good. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Otto Zockler

Zockler writes: While other parts of Scripture show us the glory of our high calling, this may instruct in all minuteness of detail how to “walk worthy of it.” Elsewhere we learn our completeness in Christ (Col 2:10); and most justly we glory in our high exaltation as “joint heirs with Christ,” etc. (Ro 8:17; Eph. 2:6). We look into this book, and, as by the aid of the microscope, we see the minuteness of our Christian obligations; that there is not a temper, a look, a word, a movement, the most important action of the day, the smallest relative duty, in which we do not either deface or adorn the image of our Lord, and the profession of His Name."

Exposition of the Book of Proverbs

James Rosscup writes that "Lawson was a Scottish clergyman (1749–1820) who learned exegesis at the University of Edinburgh and later became Professor of Theology there for 33 years as the successor of John Brown. His 890 pages here are not of a critical nature but seek only to explain the verses with simple, practical, judicious comments flavored with pertinent quotes, illustrations or thoughts that suggest illustrations. His definition of the fear of the Lord in Pr 1:7 is choice, and he gives good food for counsel in Pr 3:5, 6; 4:18; 6:25, 26; 7:6-27; 8:14-32 applied to Christ; Pr 22:6; 26:4, 5; 31:10 ff., and many others. This has to rate as one of the most helpful older works in reference to the main task of explaining the English sense of verses, often quite well." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

C H Spurgeon: A thoroughly sound and useful commentary. Lawson wrote popularly and vigorously.

Instructions: Proverbs 1-18 click link and enter the page number in parenthesis. Proverbs 19-31 links go directly to the respective chapter.

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  • A Rough and Working Bibliography of Proverbs (210 pages, 7/2005) htm; or pdf 


The Book of Esther closed the historical books of the Old Testament. Between these and the Prophets, we have a series of writings which have been said to deal with the exercises of the hearts of God's people as to sanctification.

In Job, we have the death of the self-life.

In Psalms, the resurrection-life and the idea of worship.

In Proverbs, ''Laws from Heaven for life on Earth'' (Dr. Arnot).

In Ecclesiastes, the powerlessness of the world to satisfy the soul.

In the Song of Songs, the satisfaction of the soul in the Beloved.








Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist.








DR BOB UTLEY - word/phrase studies on proverbs





  • A Commentary on Proverbs - C. H. Spurgeon called this book "The best work on the Proverbs", for "while explaining the passage in hand, he sets other portions of the Word of God in new lights."


All Chapters covered - links below to help you go to a specific chapter faster








Spurgeon comments: These translators endeavor to produce faithful renderings of the text, giving to each word the same sense in all places. They are calm, dispassionate, judicious, and able.


DAVID GUZIK - commentary 


Spurgeon comments: Home says of this work:—“It is one of the most valuable helps to the critical understanding of this book.” It is certainly one of the best of Holden’s productions. We may be wrong, but we could not conscientiously subscribe to Horne’s opinion.




Spurgeon comments: This work illustrates many of the proverbs scattered throughout the Scriptures, and some of those collected by Solomon. Mr. Jacox seems to have read everything good and bad, and hence he pours forth a medley of fact and fiction more entertaining than edifying. He reminds us of the elder Disraeli and his “Curiosities of Literature.”





Spurgeon comments: A thoroughly sound and useful commentary. Lawson wrote popularly and vigorously.







Spurgeon comments: Homely, but not very striking. Mr. Nichol’s choice of commentators for reprinting was not a wise one.


TOMMY NELSON Mp3's Only - these are somewhat difficult to get to on their site. Try this link for messages below

  • Wisdom- The Ultimate Acquisition -- Denton Bible Church
  • Proverbs 1:1-19 The Art of Living Blessedly - audio
  • Proverbs 8:22-31 The Nature and Need of Revival --audio
  • Proverbs 13:12 The Biblical Basis for Resolutions- audio
  • Proverbs 14:1 The Standard of The Godly Wife - audio
  • Proverbs 14:4 Flexibility - audio
  • Proverbs 18:21 The Might of the Mouth - audio
  • Proverbs 27:14 Sensitivity -- audio
  • Proverbs 24:1-12 The Theology of Courage -- audio
  • Proverbs 30:24-28 Success -- audio
  • Proverbs 30:1-6 The Theological Wanderings of “The Gatherer” -audio
  • The Proverbs 31 Woman -- audio



Spurgeon comments: Contains very sensible suggestions for the interpretation of proverbs, and gives instances of explanations by geography, natural history, etc. It is a somewhat helpful work.




Devotional Style but not in chapter/verse order




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Spurgeon comments: Stuart’s introductory matter is highly instructive, though no reader should blindly accept it all.







Spurgeon comments: Wardlaw is diffuse, and his views upon “wisdom” are peculiar; but he always repays the reader and neither Bridges nor Arnot have rendered him obsolete, for he works a different vein, and expounds in a manner peculiar to himself.

Cyril Barber - Highly esteemed by C. H. Spurgeon and other expository preachers, this choice set makes rich, rewarding reading. Buy it while it is still in print



Wightman seeks to re-string Proverb’s pearls of insight according to a more systematic classification, joining the book of Proverbs with a portion of the book of Ecclesiastes.



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Proverbs 1 Homilies - click and scroll for following titles

  • Proverbs 1:1-6 Design and Character of Proverbial Wisdom
  • Proverbs 1:1-6 The Ideal Teacher
  • Proverbs 1:6 Proverbs
  • Proverbs 1:7 The Relation of Religion to Knowledge
  • Proverbs 1:7 Religion the True Beginning
  • Proverbs 1:7 The Foundation - Truth
  • Proverbs 1:8-9 Filial Piety
  • Proverbs 1:10-19 Warnings Against the Evils of the Time
  • Proverbs 1:10-19 The Perils and the Wisdom of Youth
  • Proverbs 1:8-9 The Duty and Beauty of Filial Piety
  • Proverbs 1:10 Temptation
  • Proverbs 1:20-23 The Gospel Call
  • Proverbs 1:20-33 Warning Cry of Wisdom
  • Proverbs 1:20-33 The Voice of Wisdom
  • Proverbs 1:24-30 Left to their Doom
  • Proverbs 1:24-33 The Divine Ultimatum
  • Proverbs 1:31 Punishment The Natural Fruit Of Sin
  • Proverbs 1:32 Fatal Prosperity
  • Proverbs 1:32 The Prosperity of Fools














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Ron Maness says "This book has been called by some one of the greatest Christian books of all time....Flavel carefully and exhaustively unfolds all that is involved in “keeping” the heart, and how that should be the “great business” of every Christian. Keeping the heart, Flavel would have us to understand, involves the “diligent and constant use and improvement of all holy means and duties to preserve the soul from sin and maintain its sweet and free communion with God” At the beginning, Flavel sets forth the doctrine: “The keeping and right managing of the heart in every condition is the great business of a Christian’s life” (page 3). He lists six acts to help keep the heart carefully: 1) “frequent observation” of the state of the heart (self-examination, self-conferences, etc.), 2) “ deep humiliation for heart-evils and disorders”, 3) “earnest supplications and instant prayer for heart-purifying and rectifying grace”, 4) “imposing strong engagements and bonds upon ourselves to walk more earnestly with God and avoid the occasions whereby the heart may be induced to sin” (page 8) (including for example vows, or Job’s “covenant with mine eyes”), 5) “a constant holy jealousy over our own hearts”, and 6) the “realizing of God’s presence with us and setting the Lord always before us” (page 8).He cautions that heart-work is not easy work: “Heart-work is hard work, indeed. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and heedless spirit will cost no great pains. But to set yourself before the Lord, and tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon Him, will cost you something”...All that I beg for is that you would step aside a little more often to talk with God and your own heart…(and) demand this of your own heart, at least every evening, ‘Oh, my heart, where have you been today? Where have you made a road today’” This is a book to be read or consulted frequently. (Review)









Verse by Verse Commentary on God's "Manual for Men" giving instructions on how to Battle Sexual Temptation - Suggestion - Read Proverbs 5-7 Once Each Year (at least!)






































































  • Proverbs 27:21 - The only way we can prevent the nectar of praise from becoming the poison of pride is by following the Lord with a humble heart.

Humility’s a slippery prize
That seldom can be won;
We’re only humble in God’s eyes
When serving like His Son.










Proverbs 30 Homilies - click and scroll for following titles

  • Proverbs 30:1-6 Agur’s Sayings: God’s Word The Fountain Of All Wisdom
  • Proverbs 30:1-6 Reverence And Docility
  • Proverbs 30:5-6 The Purity Of God’s Words
  • Proverbs 30:7-9 The Golden Mean
  • Proverbs 30:7-9 A New Year's Prayer
  • Proverbs 30:8-9 Neither Poverty Nor Riches
  • Proverbs 30:10 Caution In The Use Of The Tongue
  • Proverbs 30:11 Detestable Phases Of Human Character
  • Proverbs 30:12-13 Self-Deception
  • Proverbs 30:14 From Cruelty to Kindness
  • Proverbs 30:15-16 Reflections On The Insatiable
  • Proverbs 30:15-16 The Unsatisfied Human Heart
  • Proverbs 30:17 The Punishment Of Unfilial Conduct
  • Proverbs 30:18-19 The Mystery Of Love
  • Proverbs 30:18-20 The Mystery Of Actions
  • Proverbs 30:21-23 Intolerable Things
  • Proverbs 30:24 Four Weak Things, And The Greatness Of Them
  • Proverbs 30:24-28 The Significance Of Little Things
  • Proverbs 30:24-28 Success Within Success
  • Proverbs 30:24-28 The Wisdom of Small Creatures (Audio)
  • Proverbs 30:29-31 Fourfold Triumph
  • Proverbs 30:29-31 Grandeur In Natural Objects
  • Proverbs 30:29-31 Spiritual Comeliness
  • Proverbs 30:32 Self-Suppression


Proverbs 31 Homilies - click and scroll for following titles

  • Proverbs 31:1 A Mother's Counsel
  • Proverbs 31:1-3 Motherhood
  • Proverbs 31:2-9 A Mother's Maxims
  • Proverbs 31:6 The Allowable As The Exceptional
  • Proverbs 31:8-9 The Function And The Privilege Of Power
  • Proverbs 31:10-31 The Typical Woman
  • Proverbs 31:10-31 The Virtuous Housewife
  • Proverbs 31:10-31 Christian Womanhood
  • Proverbs 31:30 Rival Attractions
  • Proverbs 31:30 Woman's Rights









Proverbs Commentary
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Sermons Related to Proverbs

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Book of Proverbs

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Click for following titles Proverbs 1-12

  • Proverbs 1:1-9 Focus on Fairness
  • Proverbs 1:1-9 Advice For The Groom
  • Proverbs 1:5 Wise Counsel
  • Proverbs 1:1-9 Do The Right Thing
  • Proverbs 1:1-9 Mother's Influence
  • Proverbs 1:1-33 Beyond Information
  • Proverbs 1:1-7 Fear Escape
  • Proverbs 1:5 Listen And Learn
  • Proverbs 1:5 The Circle of the Wise
  • Proverbs 1:7 In God's Presence
  • Proverbs 1:7, 8, 9,20-33 In Honor Of Barking Dogs
  • Proverbs 1:7 The Cost Of Rebellion
  • Proverbs 1:20-33 Common Sense
  • Proverbs 1:8-19 Cardboard Kids
  • Proverbs 1:20-33 A Storm Is Coming!
  • Proverbs 2 Searching For A Rare Jewel
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 What Should I Do?
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 Information Isn't Wisdom
  • Proverbs 2:1-6 Seek And You Will Find
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 Treasure Hunt
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 Treasure Hunter
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 Digging For Treasure
  • Proverbs 2:1, 5 Starting Young
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 A Teachable Spirit
  • Proverbs 2:1-9 Pole-Sitting Hermit
  • Proverbs 2:1-9b Discover The Treasures
  • Proverbs 2:1-12 One Tough Job
  • Proverbs 2:6 Are You Searching for Wisdom
  • Proverbs 2:6-20 Tempting Outside
  • Proverbs 2:10-11 Real Motivation
  • Proverbs 2:13-14 Bedlam
  • Proverbs 3:1-18 They're After Our Children
  • Proverbs 3:1-8 Learning from Lincoln
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 The Joy Of Disappointment
  • Proverbs 3:1-6 Directions-from-above
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 Why- Why- Oh, Why
  • Proverbs 3:1-8 Rerouting . . . Rerouting
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 We Thank The Lord
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 Don't Forget Your Children
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 The High Cost Of Sin
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 Alternate Route
  • Proverbs 3:1-12 A Huge Difference
  • Proverbs 3:1-6 Lost In The Fog
  • Proverbs 3:3 Let's Talk About It!
  • Proverbs 3:5 O God, Why?
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Directions From Above
  • Proverbs 3:5 The Forgotten Man
  • Proverbs 3:6 Guided Tour
  • Proverbs 3:6 A Mere Happening
  • Proverbs 3:1-8 God's Direction
  • Proverbs 3:5-18 When God Corrects Us
  • Proverbs 3:7-8 The High Cost Of Sin
  • Proverbs 3:11 Roughed Up To Grow Up
  • Proverbs 3:11-12 What Good is Evil?
  • Proverbs 3:12 What's Your Motivation?
  • Proverbs 3:13-18 Word Search
  • Proverbs 3:13-26 What We Really Need
  • Proverbs 3:18 The Tree
  • Proverbs 3:19-26 Get Rid Of The Grubs
  • Proverbs 3:25 Stay at Your Post
  • Proverbs 3:25 A Bad Dream
  • Proverbs 3:27 Have We Learned
  • Proverbs 3:27 My Two Cents
  • Proverbs 3:33 Family First
  • Proverbs 4:1-7| Cutting A Trail
  • Proverbs 4:5-13 The World Wide Web
  • Proverbs 4:1-13 A Dad Looks Back
  • Proverbs 4:1-13 Foolish Knowledge
  • Proverbs 4:7 First Things First
  • Proverbs 4:10-19 The Dalton Gang
  • Proverbs 4:10-27 The Path Of Wisdom
  • Proverbs 4:14-27 Healthy Ingredients
  • Proverbs 4:14-27 Ponder Your Path
  • Proverbs 4:14-27 Smart Dad
  • Proverbs 4:14-15 Watch Out For Pebbles
  • Proverbs 4:5-13 The World Wide Web
  • Proverbs 4:14-27 Sand In Your Shoes
  • Proverbs 4:18 Treadmill
  • Proverbs 4:20-27 Spiritual Checkup
  • Proverbs 4:20-27 Healthcare For The Heart
  • Proverbs 4:23 Spiritual Heart Care -
  • Proverbs 4:23 Transformed Hearts
  • Proverbs 4:23 The Secret Garden
  • Proverbs 4:23 Heart Matters
  • Proverbs 4:23,26 The Cost Of Neglect
  • Proverbs 4:23 Care Of The Heart
  • Proverbs 4:23 Spiritual Heart Care
  • Proverbs 4:23 Health Care for the Heart
  • Proverbs 4:20-27 Hostile Heart
  • Proverbs 4:23, 26 The Cost Of Neglect
  • Proverbs 5:22 How to Be Free
  • Proverbs 6:1-11 A Little Trouble
  • Proverbs 6:6-11 Slacker?
  • Proverbs 6:6-11 The Wise Ant
  • Proverbs 6:12-19 The Fine Art Of Slander
  • Proverbs 6:12-19 The Poison Of Suspicion
  • Proverbs 6:6-11 Ants And Elephant Seals.
  • Proverbs 6:16-19 Risk
  • Proverbs 6:23 Warning Labels
  • Proverbs 6:16-19 Promoting Unity
  • Proverbs 6:19 One Tough Command
  • Proverbs 6:20 Mother's Law
  • Proverbs 6:20-35 The Scorpion’s Sting
  • Proverbs 6:27 A Deadly Pet
  • Proverbs 8:1-14 God Has No Big Shots
  • Proverbs 8:1-11 The Forest and the Tree
  • Proverbs 8:12-21 The Wisdom In God's Word
  • Proverbs 8:1-14 God Has No Big Shots
  • Proverbs 8:36 Death Wish
  • Proverbs 9:1-10 Welcome Criticism
  • Proverbs 9:1-10 Welcome Criticism
  • Proverbs 9:1-12 Helped by Fear
  • Proverbs 9:10 Good Fear
  • Proverbs 9:10 The Path Of Wisdom
  • Proverbs 10:1-6 Understanding Parents
  • Proverbs 10:1-9 Are You Searching for Wisdom
  • Proverbs 10:1-7 A Good Name
  • Proverbs 10:2-15 A Good Name
  • Proverbs 10:1-17 Making A Name
  • Proverbs 10:7 How To Treat Halloween
  • Proverbs 10:8-21 Don't Say It!
  • Proverbs 10:9 Integrity League
  • Proverbs 10:11-21 A Lot to Remember
  • Proverbs 10:18-19 Finger-Pointing
  • Proverbs 10:19 Words—Do They Matter
  • Proverbs 10:19 Taming The Tongue
  • Proverbs 10:11-21 Words Of Life
  • Proverbs 10:11-23 Whispering Gallery
  • Proverbs 10:11-21 From Intake to Output
  • Proverbs 10:18-22 Out of Work
  • Proverbs 10:18 Subtle Slander
  • Proverbs 10:19 The Sounds of Silence
  • Proverbs 11:1 Honest People
  • Proverbs 11:1-6 Does Honesty Really Pay?
  • Proverbs 11:2 The Horse And His Boy
  • Proverbs 11:14; 12:15; 27:9 Multitude Of Counselors
  • Proverbs 11:3 Danger!
  • Proverbs 11:14 The Wisdom Of Crowds
  • Proverbs 11:16-26 Giving Away Happiness
  • Proverbs 11:17-25 Stretching Our Souls
  • Proverbs 11:18 Sow What?
  • Proverbs 11:19 A String Of Bad Choices
  • Proverbs 11:19 Don't Get Stung!
  • Proverbs 11:24 Who Killed the Dead Sea?
  • Proverbs 11:24-31 Gain By Giving
  • Proverbs 11:24-31 What Can We Give?
  • Proverbs 11:24-31 Have A Wonderful Day
  • Proverbs 11:30 The Price of a Soul
  • Proverbs 12:1-7 Tall Trees, Deep Roots
  • Proverbs 12:10 Her Father’s Zoo
  • Proverbs 12:13-22 Singing Liars
  • Proverbs 12:17-25 Speak That Word
  • Proverbs 12:17-22 Honestly
  • Proverbs 12:17-28 A Good Word
  • Proverbs 12:15 The Critic
  • Proverbs 12:11 God Provides, But How?
  • Proverbs 12:22 How Honest Are You
  • Proverbs 12:17-22 Nothing But The Truth
  • Proverbs 12:17-22 To Tell The Truth
  • Proverbs 12:17-25 Who's Got Your Tongue?
  • Proverbs 12:18 Cutting Remarks
  • Proverbs 12:13-25 Watch Your Mouth
  • Proverbs 12:18 The Problem With Critics
  • Proverbs 12:20 ARE YOU DECEITFUL?
  • Proverbs 12:22 When To Speak Up
  • Proverbs 12:26 Best Friends

Click for following titles Proverbs 13-19

  • Proverbs 13:1-14 Warnings In The Word
  • Proverbs 13:3 Words That Defile
  • Proverbs 14:8-21 Make It Right
  • Proverbs 14:12 SINCERELY WRONG!
  • Proverbs 14:13 Mixed Emotions
  • Proverbs 14:12 Alternate Route
  • Proverbs 14:12 When Right Seems Wrong
  • Proverbs 14:31 A Sense Of Concern
  • Proverbs 14:12-19 Get Proverbial
  • Proverbs 14:13 Trust And Sadness
  • Proverbs 14:15-21 Givers And Takers
  • Proverbs 14:15 Don't Be Deceived!
  • Proverbs 14:24 Are You Prepared?
  • Proverbs 14:26 Legacy
  • Proverbs 14:26 The Law Of Confidence
  • Proverbs 14:27 Showing Respect
  • Proverbs 14:30 Beware Of Envy!
  • Proverbs 14:33 Words of the Wise
  • Proverbs 14:34 China's Wall
  • Proverbs 15:1 A Soft Answer
  • Proverbs 15:1-18 Cross Word Puzzle
  • Proverbs 15:1-23 A War Of Words
  • Proverbs 15:1 Talk Low, Talk Slow
  • Proverbs 15:1 A Time to Keep Silence
  • Proverbs 15:1b Calm In An Age Of Rage
  • Proverbs 15:1-4 The Lockhorns
  • Proverbs 15:1-7 Mouth Guard
  • Proverbs 15:1-7 Reverse The Trend
  • Proverbs 15:1-4 The Power Of Soft Answers
  • Proverbs 15:1-7,23-28 A Kind Word
  • Proverbs 15:1-18 Sinless Anger
  • Proverbs 15:1-12 The Critic
  • Proverbs 15:3 He's Watching
  • Proverbs 15:12-15 Laughter
  • Proverbs 15:13-33 Living Every Day
  • Proverbs 15:13 Something’s Wrong With Harry
  • Proverbs 15:13-20 Mom's Dream Home
  • Proverbs 15:13-30 A Merry Heart
  • Proverbs 15:21-33 A Man Of Warmth And Wisdom
  • Proverbs 15:16-23 Many Advisors
  • Proverbs 15:21 Beware Of Open Doors
  • Proverbs 15:23 A Timely Word
  • Proverbs 15:27 Gripped By Greed
  • Proverbs 15:29 Trust Him With Your Heart
  • Proverbs 15:33a Is Fear Healthy?
  • Proverbs 16:1-9 Plans And Realities
  • Proverbs 16:1-9 The Unexpected
  • Proverbs 16:1-9 Right Place
  • Proverbs 16:1-9 Change Of Plans
  • Proverbs 16:1-9 God's Appointments
  • Proverbs 16:5-19 I'm The Best!
  • Proverbs 16:9 God Had Other Plans
  • Proverbs 16:9 Marching Off The Map
  • Proverbs 16:9 Redirected
  • Proverbs 16:9 “That Ain’t It!”
  • Proverbs 16:9 Never Say Never
  • Proverbs 16:16-20 Listen And Live
  • Proverbs 16:16-32 This Is Better
  • Proverbs 16:16-20 Listen And Live
  • Proverbs 16:16-33 How to Be Free
  • Proverbs 16:16-23 Listen And Learn
  • Proverbs 16:19 People Pressure
  • Proverbs 16:20-30 Free Compliments
  • Proverbs 16:20 Happy Inside
  • Proverbs 16:20 How To Be Happy
  • Proverbs 16:20-25 My Way?
  • Proverbs 16:20-31 The Beautiful Years
  • Proverbs 16:21-33 Ike’s Anger Problem
  • Proverbs 16:23 A Wall Of Words
  • Proverbs 16:24 Insensitive Thomas
  • Proverbs 16:25 Which Wisdom?
  • Proverbs 16:27 Fiery Words
  • Proverbs 16:28 It Takes Just One
  • Proverbs 16:31 Growing Old; Growing Up
  • Proverbs 16:33a He Is In Control
  • Proverbs 17:14 History Of A Murder
  • Proverbs 17:17-22 Good Medicine
  • Proverbs 17:17 FRIENDS
  • Proverbs 17:17 Friendship with God
  • Proverbs 17:17 Friendship
  • Proverbs 17:17b Time For Friendship
  • Proverbs 17:17 A Faithful Friend
  • Proverbs 17:17 What is a Friend
  • Proverbs 17:17 Be A Stander
  • Proverbs 17:17 Three Friends
  • Proverbs 17:22-28 Cooler Heads
  • Proverbs 17:22 A Reason For Optimism
  • Proverbs 17:22b
  • Proverbs 17:27 Careless Speech
  • Proverbs 17:28
  • Proverbs 18:1-8 A Stone In The Mouth
  • Proverbs 18:1-7 Grumblers
  • Proverbs 18:9 No Vacancy
  • Proverbs 18:10 Taking Refuge
  • Proverbs 18:10 True Shelter
  • Proverbs 18:9-12 Safe Room
  • Proverbs 18:12
  • Proverbs 18:13 A Way Of Loving
  • Proverbs 18:14-24 A Friend To The End
  • Proverbs 19:15-25 What’s At Stake?
  • Proverbs 18:19-24 A Sticky Friend
  • Proverbs 18:21 Life Words
  • Proverbs 18:21 Small Thing, Big Impact
  • Proverbs 18:24 Shallow Friendliness
  • Proverbs 18:24 To Have One, Be One
  • Proverbs 19:1-9 Nothing But The Truth
  • Proverbs 19:11 Danger: Explosives
  • Proverbs 19:11 - “No Grace”
  • Proverbs 19:17-22 What Would You Do?
  • Proverbs 19:22 A Wonderful Pair

Click for following titles Proverbs 20-31

  • Proverbs 20:3-7 A Perfect Father
  • Proverbs 20:3 Silly Arguments
  • Proverbs 20:5 Understand One Another
  • Proverbs 20:6 Tried And True
  • Proverbs 20:7-17 A Mouthful Of Gravel
  • Proverbs 20:11 By Our Deeds
  • Proverbs 20:14-24 Don't Be Deceived!
  • Proverbs 21:1 God Still Reigns
  • Proverbs 21:2
  • Proverbs 21:23 A Word From The Wise
  • Proverbs 22:1 Just A Moment
  • Proverbs 22:1-5 The Barking Lion
  • Proverbs 22:1 A Priceless Possession
  • Proverbs 22:1-8 Connected Actions
  • Proverbs 22:4 True Satisfaction
  • Proverbs 22:6 No Pain, No Gain
  • Proverbs 22:1-6 A Child’s Potential
  • Proverbs 22:1-16 Lessons for Little Ones
  • Proverbs 22:6 Looking And Learning
  • Proverbs 23:1-5 For Profit
  • Proverbs 23:4-12 Less Work, More Fun
  • Proverbs 23:15-24 Happy Fathers
  • Proverbs 23:15-22
  • Proverbs 23:29-30 Auto Safety
  • Proverbs 24:10-12 Will you tell them?
  • Proverbs 22:27 Money Talk
  • Proverbs 23:1-18 The Best Things In Life
  • Proverbs 23:7 Common Ground
  • Proverbs 23:1-5 For Profit
  • Proverbs 23:12 There’s An “App” For That
  • Proverbs 23:15-24 Happy Fathers
  • Proverbs 24:13-20 Looking Ahead
  • Proverbs 24:27-34 Garden Lesson
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 The Little Enemy
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 Lazy Man's Lawn
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 The Cost Of Neglect
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 Care Of The Heart
  • Proverbs 25:8-18 Gossip-Free Zone
  • Proverbs 25:11-15 Timely Words
  • Proverbs 25:12 Real Help When We Do Wrong
  • Proverbs 25:14-16, 27-28
  • Proverbs 25:25 What's The Good News?
  • Proverbs 25:15 The Nudge Lady
  • Proverbs 25:16 Eating As Worship
  • Proverbs 25:28 Cupcake Self-Discipline
  • Proverbs 26:12
  • Proverbs 26:1-12 Web Wisdom
  • Proverbs 26:13-19 Helpful Humor
  • Proverbs 26:17-28 When The Fire Goes Out
  • Proverbs 26:17-21 Stop At The Start
  • Proverbs 26:20-28 Delivering The Dirt
  • Proverbs 26:20 Put Out the Fire
  • Proverbs 26:28 Assault And Flattery
  • Proverbs 27:1 Will You Be Around?
  • Proverbs 27:1-6 Boast Roast
  • Proverbs 27:2 Keep Your Mouth Shut
  • Proverbs 27:4
  • Proverbs 27:5 Friend or Enemy
  • Proverbs 27:6 The Tests Of Criticism
  • Proverbs 27:6 Turn Yourself In
  • Proverbs 27:6-17 How To Be A Friend
  • Proverbs 27:6 The Wounds Of A Friend
  • Proverbs 27:6 The Rebuke From A Friend
  • Proverbs 27:9 We Need One Another
  • Proverbs 27:17 Sharpening One Another
  • Proverbs 27:17 Do You Care?
  • Proverbs 27:21 The Tragic Flaw
  • Proverbs 27:24 The “What Then?” Test
  • Proverbs 28:13 Exaggeration
  • Proverbs 28:13 Rubbish Piles
  • Proverbs 28:13 Cover-up
  • Proverbs 28:13 Hide Or Seek?
  • Proverbs 28:20 A Faithful Servant
  • Proverbs 28:20 Rewards of Faithfulness
  • Proverbs 28:26 The Storm Will Pass
  • Proverbs 29:1 It's A Long Story
  • Proverbs 29:3 Smart Dad
  • Proverbs 29:1-6
  • Proverbs 29:11-17 A Sermon From Nature
  • Proverbs 29:7 Consider the Poor
  • Proverbs 29:7 A House For A Car
  • Proverbs 29:11 Angry Prayers
  • Proverbs 29:18
  • Proverbs 29:22 Volcanic Activity
  • Proverbs 29:25 You're Afraid Of Whom?
  • Proverbs 29:25 Fear Escape
  • Proverbs 29:23 Self-Made?
  • Proverbs 29:23 The Hidden Rattler
  • Proverbs 29:25 Healthy Fear
  • Proverbs 29:25 You're Afraid Of Whom?
  • Proverbs 29:25 Household Security
  • Proverbs 30:1-6 Test The Teachers
  • Proverbs 30:1-9 A Wise Way To Pray
  • Proverbs 30:1-4 I’m Stumped
  • Proverbs 30:1-9 Prosperity And Adversity
  • Proverbs 30:1-9 Riches Of The Soul
  • Proverbs 30:2 Absolutely Nobody
  • Proverbs 30:1-6 Test The Teachers
  • Proverbs 30:5-9 Servant Or Master?
  • Proverbs 30:6 Misquote
  • Proverbs 30:7-9 Five Cs Or Two Gs
  • Proverbs 30:8-9 The Good And Bad Of Wealth
  • Proverbs 30:8-9 Bad and Good of Wealth
  • Proverbs 30:8-9 Bad and Good of Poverty
  • Proverbs 30:1-9 Windfall
  • Proverbs 30:11-17 Someone Special
  • Proverbs 30:25 THE WISDOM OF ANTS
  • Proverbs 30:24-28 The Bug Zoo
  • Proverbs 30:26 Weak And Wise
  • Proverbs 30:26 BADGER BRAINS
  • Proverbs 30:27 Grasshopper Sense
  • Proverbs 30:28 ROYAL LIZARDS
  • Proverbs 31:26-31 A Mother’s Strength
  • Proverbs 31:10-20 A Helping Hand
  • Proverbs 31:30 Who Then Is Beautiful?
  • Proverbs 31:10-31 In Word And Deed
  • Proverbs 31:10-31 What Dad Can Do For Mom
  • Proverbs 31:26-31 Magnets And Mothers
  • Proverbs 31:10,25-31 Influence Of Godly Moms
  • Proverbs 31:30 Beautiful People

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Wisdom Is Not Cool Proverbs Johnny L. Sanders
You Can Observe a Lot by Watching Proverbs Franklin L. Kirksey
The Course of Wisdom Proverbs 1 Johnny L. Sanders
Wisdom Ain't Cool Proverbs 1:01-07 Johnny L. Sanders
The Source of Wisdom Proverbs 1:2 Johnny L. Sanders
Wisdom Produces Integrity Proverbs 2:7 Johnny L. Sanders
Wisdom in Relationships Proverbs 3:27-30 Johnny L. Sanders
Love Thy Neighbor Proverbs 3:27-33 Johnny L. Sanders
Wisdom is Family Friendly Proverbs 3:33 Johnny L. Sanders
Father With A Bright Future Proverbs 3:7-18 Johnny Hunt
A Matter of the Heart Proverbs 4:23 Paul E. Brown
Guard Your Heart Proverbs 4:23 Alan Stewart
The Heart of the Problem is The Problem of the Heart Proverbs 4:27 J. Mike Minnix
Beware of Adultery! Proverbs 5 Franklin L. Kirksey
Pleasing God Proverbs 6:12-19 Franklin L. Kirksey
7 Things God Hates Proverbs 6:16-19 Paul E. Brown
The Value of Wisdom Proverbs 8:11-17 Johnny L. Sanders
A Proud Look Proverbs 8:13 Johnny L. Sanders
Be Wise Proverbs 9:10-12 Franklin L. Kirksey
A Godly Work Ethic Proverbs 10:16 Johnny L. Sanders
There is Wisdom in Humility Proverbs 11:02 Johnny L. Sanders
Lying Ain't Cool Proverbs 12:22 Johnny L. Sanders
Bad Language Ain't Cool Proverbs 15:1 Johnny L. Sanders
Can You Hear Me Now? Proverbs 15:4 Larry Wynn
Thank You For The Cross Proverbs 16:16-19 Johnny Hunt
Facts About Forming Friendships Proverbs 18:24 Donnie L. Martin
Does God Need A Loan? Proverbs 19:17 David E. Owen
A Father Blessing His Family Proverbs 22:6 Frank Cox
The Children in the Home - The Child's Role Proverbs 22:6 J. Mike Minnix
Moving The Landmarks Proverbs 23:10-11 Jerry N. Watts
Stay Out of the Holiday Spirits Proverbs 23:29-35 Mike Stone
The Misery of a Miser Proverbs 23:6-8 Franklin L. Kirksey
Wisdom Transforms People Proverbs 24:3-7 Johnny L. Sanders
I'm so Mad I Could Die! Proverbs 25 J. Mike Minnix
A Word Fitly Spoken (1 of 2) Proverbs 25:11-15 Johnny L. Sanders
A Word Fitly Spoken (2 of 2) Proverbs 25:11-15 Johnny L. Sanders
To Be, or Not To Be a Model Christian Proverbs 26:17-22 Franklin L. Kirksey
Wisdom in Work Proverbs 27:23 Johnny L. Sanders
A Banquet of Consequences Proverbs 28:9 Franklin L. Kirksey
Mother's Hands Proverbs 31 Alan Stewart
A Virtuous Woman Proverbs 31:10-31 Paul E. Brown
The Children in the Home - The Mother's Role Proverbs 31:10-31 J. Mike Minnix
Mothers of the Bible Proverbs 31:10-31 Johnny L. Sanders

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The ABC’s of Wisdom- Building Character with Solomon (links updated Dec, 2022) Suggestion - These devotionals on the ABC's of Wisdom would make a great supplement taking one month of your life to read through a chapter of Solomon's character building Proverbs each day (or slower if you prefer). You won't be the same when you finish! (Read Isa 55:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). You can also purchase these devotionals in Kindle or book format.

Here are the links (on one page) to all of the devotionals and sermons listed below

The ABC’s of Wisdom- Building Character with Solomon – Introduction

Proverbs 1: Diary of a Wise Old Man

Proverbs 1:4 ABC’s of Wisdom- – Prudence - Street Smarts

Proverbs 1:7a The ABC’s of Wisdom- with Solomon – Fear of the Lord - Where Knowledge Begins

Proverbs 1:10 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Temptation - Just Say No (Another Message)

Proverbs 3:5-6 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Trust - Learning to Lean on the Lord

Proverbs 3:27-28 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Initiative - No More Excuses

Proverbs 4:7-9 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Wisdom - The Art of Skillful Living

Proverbs 4:18 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Progress - Walking Toward the Light

Proverbs 4:23 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Heart - Where Life Makes Up Its Mind

Proverbs 5: Purity: Staying Clean In A Dirty World

Proverbs 5:19 he ABC’s of Wisdom- – Passion -- The Flame That Keeps a Marriage Burning

Proverbs 6:6 Cooperation- Working With Others on a Common Goal

Proverbs 6:6-11 Hard Work: The Reason We Get Out of Bed

Proverbs 6:20, 30:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Parents - Treat Them with Respect

Proverbs 7:4-5 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Purity - Staying Clean in a Dirty World

Proverbs 8:32 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Obedience - The Benefits of Playing by the Rules

Proverbs 10:4 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Diligence - Staying by the Stuff

Proverbs 10:8 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Submission - How God Works Through Others

Proverbs 10:9 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Integrity - The Ultimate Virtue (Another Message)

Proverbs 10:26 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Punctuality - On Time Every Time

Proverbs 11:2 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Humility - The Way Up Is Down

Proverbs 11:17a, 14:31b, 19:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Mercy - Doing unto Others As God Has Done unto You

Proverbs 11:13 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Confidentiality - How to Say Nothing Nicely

Proverbs 11:25 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Generosity - What Size Is Your Shovel?

Proverbs 11:30 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Evangelism - He Who Wins Souls Is Wise

Proverbs 12:11 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Hard Work - The Reason We Get Out of Bed (Another Message)

Proverbs 12:20 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Peacemaking - The Mark of the Children of God

Proverbs 12:25 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Affirmation - Finding Something Good to Say

Proverbs 13:11 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Thrift - How the Poor Become Rich

Proverbs 13:24, 29:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Discipline - Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

Proverbs 14:4 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Perspective - No Milk Without Manure

Proverbs 14:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Self-Control - Learn This or Else!

Proverbs 14:30 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Envy - The Green-Eyed Monster (Another Message)

Proverbs 14:32 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Security - Hope Beyond the Grave

Proverbs 15:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Gentleness - Power Under Control

Proverbs 15:22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Counsel - God’s Gift to Fools

Proverbs 15:27 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Bribery - A Fast Train to Destruction

Proverbs 16:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Sovereignty - God Has the Last Word

Proverbs 16:3 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Success - It All Begins with God

Proverbs 16:8 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Simplicity - Learning to Live with Less

Proverbs 16:9 How Can I Discover God's Will For My Life

Proverbs 16:9 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Guidance - Higher Hands Are Leading Me

Proverbs 16:18 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Pride - The First Deadly Sin

Proverbs 16:22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Understanding - Learning from Your Mistakes

Proverbs 16:32 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Patience - The Waiting Game

Proverbs 16:32 Self-Control: The Fine Art of Keeping Your Cool

Proverbs 17:1: Contentment: A “Better” Way to Live

Proverbs 17:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Contentment - Learning to Love Lima Beans

Proverbs 17:3 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Trials - From Ashes to Gold

Proverbs 17:22 Cheerfulness- The Healing Power of a Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22: The Healing Power of a Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:24 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Discernment - When You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging

Proverbs 17:28 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Silence - A Fool’s Best Friend

Proverbs 18:8, 20:19 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Gossip - Feathers in the Wind

Proverbs 18:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Open-Mindedness - Take Time to Hear Both Sides

Proverbs 18:20-21: The Tongue: Life and Death Are In Your Mouth!

Proverbs 18:21 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – The Tongue - Life and Death Are in Your Mouth! (Another Message)

Proverbs 18:22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Marriage - A Gift from God

Proverbs 19:3 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Complaining - Don’t Blame God for Your Problems

Proverbs 19:11 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Forgiveness - Letting Go of the Past

Proverbs 19:11 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Tolerance - A Misunderstood Virtue

Proverbs 19:21 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Flexibility - Shifting Gears Without Changing Direction

Proverbs 19:23 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Satisfaction - Living Above Your Circumstances

Proverbs 19:24 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Sloth - An Underestimated Sin

Proverbs 20:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- - Sobriety - Knowing When to Say No

Proverbs 20:22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Waiting - Give God Time to Work

Proverbs 20:27 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Conscience - It Can Be the Voice of God

Proverbs 21:2 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Motives - It’s the Thought That Counts

Proverbs 21:21 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Righteousness - If You Want It, You Can Have It

Proverbs 22:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Character - More Precious than Gold

Proverbs 22:2 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Equality - We’re All in This Together

Proverbs 22:6 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Children - Planting Seeds for God to Harvest

Proverbs 22:6  Discipline: Coaching Your Children to Greatness

Proverbs 22:7 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Borrowing - It’s Not Wrong, but It Can Be Dangerous

Proverbs 22:26-27 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Cosigning - A Really Bad Idea

Proverbs 22:29 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Excellence - Doing Your Best All the Time

Proverbs 23:17-18 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Hope - Future-Tense Living

Proverbs 24:26 (also Pr 10:9, 11:3, 13:6, 29:10, et al): Integrity: The Ultimate Virtue

Proverbs 24:10 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Endurance - Hanging Tough in Hard Times

Proverbs 24:11-12 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Involvement - You Can’t Pretend You Didn’t Know

Proverbs 24:11-12: Justice: The Real American Dream

Proverbs 24:11-12 Life: What a Beautiful Choice

Proverbs 24:21 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Patriotism - Fear the Lord and the King

Proverbs 24:26 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Honesty - The Best Defense for a Bad Memory

Proverbs 24:29 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Revenge - Let God Get Even

Proverbs 25:8, Proverbs 19:2 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Caution - Look Before You Leap

Proverbs 25:15 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Tact - Making a Point Without Making an Enemy

Proverbs 25:16 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Overindulgence - Too Much of a Good Thing

Proverbs 25:21-22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Kindness - The Ministry of Burning Coals

Proverbs 26:4-5 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Insight - A Time to Answer and a Time to Walk Away

Proverbs 27:1 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Boasting - The Loud Sound of an Empty Mind

Proverbs 27:5-6 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Rebuke - Caring Enough to Tell the Truth

Proverbs 27:8 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Restlessness - Running Away from Your Problems

Proverbs 27:14 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Courtesy - The Milk of Human Kindness

Proverbs 27:17 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Accountability - How to Reach Your Full Potential

Proverbs 27:18 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Dependability - How Old Faithful Got Its Name

Proverbs 27:23-27 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Thoroughness - Taking Care of Business

Proverbs 28:1: The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Courage - How to Face Down Your Fears (Another Message)

Proverbs 28:13 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Confession - Telling the Truth About Yourself

Proverbs 29:7 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Justice - The Real American Dream (Another Message)

Proverbs 29:22 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Anger - A Warning for Hotheads

Proverbs 29:25 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Conviction - Do Right Though the Stars Fall

Proverbs 30: 7-9 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Moderation - A Happy Middle-Class Life

Proverbs 30:24-28 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Perseverance - The Lost Art of Stick-to-it-ivity

Proverbs 31:10 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Nobility - The Legacy of a Godly Wife

Proverbs 31:2-5 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Leadership - Paying the Price to Lead the Way

Proverbs 31:30 The ABC’s of Wisdom- – Beauty - Enjoy It, But Don’t Bank On It

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  • Raising Kids that Count—Proverbs 1:7–9
  •   How to Be the Father of a Wise Child—Proverbs 1:20–22
  •   Your Child: Wise or Otherwise?—Proverbs 1:20–22
  •   Wisdom’s Final Call—Proverbs 1:20–33
  •   How Not to Raise a Fool—Proverbs 1:22–23
  •   Wisdom: What It Is and How to Have It—Proverbs 2:1–9
  •   Finding God’s Way in a Dark Day—Proverbs 3:5–6
  •   Finding God’s Will for Your Life—Proverbs 3:5–6
  •   How Can I Know the Will of God?—Proverbs 3:5–6
  •   Lighting the Future—Proverbs 3:5–6
  •   Success, God’s Way, Part 2—Proverbs 3:5–10
  •   Financial Freedom—Proverbs 3:7–10
  •   Guard Your Thought Life—Proverbs 4:23–27
  •   The Playboy’s Payday—Proverbs 5
  •   The Peril of Pride—Proverbs 6:16–19
  •   Why God Hates Pride—Proverbs 6:16
  •   Innocent Blood—Proverbs 6:16–19
  •   God’s Miracle Medicine—Proverbs 12:25; 15:13–15; 17:22
  •   True Riches—Proverbs 13:7
  •   The Backslider—Proverbs 14:14
  •   God’s Grace in the Workplace—Proverbs 14:23
  •   Freedom Is Not Free—Proverbs 14:34
  •   The Only Hope for America—Proverbs 14:34
  •   The Only Hope for America—Proverbs 14:34
  •   What Does the Word of God Say About Government?—Proverbs 14:34
  •   When the String Snaps—Proverbs 15:13–22
  •   The Peril of Pride—Proverbs 16:18
  •   The Problem with Pride—Proverbs 16:18
  •   The Care and Cultivation of a Friendship—Proverbs 17:17
  •   Friends—Proverbs 17:17
  •   Making Friends Forever—Proverbs 17:17
  •   The Friendship Factor—Proverbs 17:17
  •   Don’t Disintegrate; Communicate—Proverbs 18:21–22
  •   God’s Answer to Anger—Proverbs 19:11–12
  •   Cardboard Christians—Proverbs 21:28
  •   How to Train Up a Child—Proverbs 22:6
  •   Raising Young Champions—Proverbs 22:6
  •   The Techniques of Training Children—Proverbs 22:6
  •   Training Up a Child in the Way He Should Go—Proverbs 22:6
  •   Treasuring Truth—Proverbs 23:23
  •   Treasuring Truth—Proverbs 23:23
  •   The Sin of Silence—Proverbs 24:10–12
  •   Six Ways to Handle Anger—Proverbs 25:8–28
  •   The Perils of Postponement—Proverbs 27:1
  •   God’s Plan for Prosperity—Proverbs 28:13–14
  •   Broken Beyond Repair—Proverbs 29:1
  •   Crossing God’s Deadline—Proverbs 29:1
  •   Crossing God’s Deadline—Proverbs 29:1
  •   The Leadership Crisis in America—Proverbs 29:2
  •   Maximum Mom—Proverbs 31:10–31
  •   The Maximum Mom—Proverbs 31:10–31
  •   The Bionic Woman—Proverbs 31:10–31

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  • Proverbs 1:20-31 The Need of Attending to God's Gracious Invitations
  • Proverbs 2:1-6 The Way of Attaining Divine Knowledge
  • Proverbs 2:10,11 Piety a Preservative from Evil
  • Proverbs 2:10-22 Benefits of True Wisdom
  • Proverbs 3:5,6 Confidence in God Encouraged
  • Proverbs 3:9,10 The Reward of Charity
  • Proverbs 3:17 The Pleasantness of Religion
  • Proverbs 3:21-24 True Religion Delineated
  • Proverbs 3:35 The Rewards of Wisdom and of Folly
  • Proverbs 4:7 The Nature and Excellence of True Wisdom
  • Proverbs 4:18 The Christian's Path Compared to the Light
  • Proverbs 4:23 Keeping the Heart
  • Proverbs 5:12,13 Sinner's Retrospect
  • Proverbs 5:22 The Captivating Power of Sin
  • Proverbs 6:6-10 The Sluggard Reproved
  • Proverbs 7:1-4 Love to the Holy Scriptures Inculcated
  • Proverbs 8:17 Address Preparatory to Confirmation
  • Proverbs 8:29-32 Wisdom's Address to Men
  • Proverbs 8:35-36 The Value of True Wisdom
  • Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom's Feast
  • Proverbs 10:3 God's Care for the Righteous
  • Proverbs 10:4 Effects of Sloth and Diligence Compared
  • Proverbs 10:22 God's Blessing, the Greatest Riches
  • Proverbs 11:18 Portion of the Wicked and the Righteous Contrasted
  • Proverbs 11:25 Christian Liberality Encouraged
  • Proverbs 11:30 The Wisdom of Winning Souls
  • Proverbs 12:26 The Excellency of the Righteous
  • Proverbs 13:5 The Character and End of the Wicked
  • Proverbs 13:15 The Way of Transgressors Hard
  • Proverbs 14:9 The Folly of Making a Mock of Sin
  • Proverbs 14:10 Man's Experience Known to Himself Alone
  • Proverbs 14:12 Misconception About the Way of Salvation
  • Proverbs 14:13 The Vanity of Carnal Mirth
  • Proverbs 14:14 The Danger of Backsliding
  • Proverbs 14:26 The Fear of the Lord A Source of Much Good
  • Proverbs 15:3 The Omnipresence of God
  • Proverbs 15:8 The Upright Alone Acceptable to God
  • Proverbs 15:32 Instruction to be Obeyed
  • Proverbs 16:2 Man's Estimate of Himself and God's Contrasted
  • Proverbs 16:3 Trusting in God
  • Proverbs 16:23 The Benefit of Experimental Religion
  • Proverbs 16:25 Erroneous Views of Religion Refuted
  • Proverbs 16:33 God is the Disposer of All Events
  • Proverbs 18:10 The Name of the LORD A Strong Tower
  • Proverbs 18:14 A Wounded Spirit
  • Proverbs 19:2 Divine Knowledge Most Desirable
  • Proverbs 19:3 The Sinfulness of Murmuring Against God
  • Proverbs 20:4 The Consequence of Sloth
  • Proverbs 20:6 True Piety is Rare
  • Proverbs 20:9 No Absolute Perfection Here Below
  • Proverbs 21:25 Desire is Nothing Without Labour
  • Proverbs 23:17, 18 The Fear of God All the Day
  • Proverbs 23:23 Buying the Truth
  • Proverbs 23:26 The Duty of Giving the Heart to God
  • Proverbs 24:11, 12 The Folly of Vain Excuses
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 The Sluggard's Vineyard
  • Proverbs 25:21, 22 Returning Good for Evil
  • Proverbs 26:12 The Danger of Conceit
  • Proverbs 27:1 A Caution Against Depending Upon Future Time
  • Proverbs 27:4 Envy
  • Proverbs 27:19 The Hearts of Men Alike
  • Proverbs 28:4 The Effects of Piety and Impiety in the World
  • Proverbs 28:5 The Light Enjoyed by the Godly
  • Proverbs 28:11 Advantages of the Rich and of the Poor Compared
  • Proverbs 28:13 True Repentance Recommended
  • Proverbs 28:20 A Faithful Man Shall Abound With Blessings
  • Proverbs 28:26 Self-Confidence Reproved
  • Proverbs 29:1 Danger of Obstinacy in Sin
  • Proverbs 29:18 The Importance of Gospel Ministrations
  • Proverbs 29:25 The Fear of Man
  • Proverbs 30:1,2 A Saint's Views of Himself
  • Proverbs 30:7-9 Agur's Wish
  • Proverbs 30:12 The Self-Deceiver Exposed
  • Proverbs 31:10 Usefulness of Schools of Industry

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  • Proverbs 1 Purpose of the Book: “For Attaining Wisdom and Discipline”
  • Proverbs 2 Wisdom Enables a Righteous Walk 
  • Proverbs 3 Wisdom Is a Tree of Life
  • Proverbs 4 Wisdom Is a Way of Life
  • Proverbs 5 Wisdom Urges Faithfulness in Marriage
  • Proverbs 7 Portrait of a Foolish Young Adulterer
  • Proverbs 8 Wisdom Is from the Lord
  • Proverbs 9 Contrasting Invitations of Wisdom and Foolishness
  • Proverbs 10 The Wise in Heart Accept Commands
  • Proverbs 11 With Humility Comes Wisdom
  • Proverbs 12 The House of the Righteous Stands Firm
  • Proverbs 13 Walk with the Wise and Become Wise
  • Proverbs 14 Whoever Fears the Lord Walks Uprightly
  • Proverbs 15 The Path of Life Leads Upward for the Wise
  • Proverbs 16 The Lord Works Out Everything for His Own Ends
  • Proverbs 17 A Discerning Person Keeps Wisdom in View
  • Proverbs 18 A Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother
  • Proverbs 19 The One Who Loves Wisdom Loves Life
  • Proverbs 20 Even Small Children Are Known by Their Actions
  • Proverbs 21 The Lord Weighs the Heart
  • Proverbs 22:1-16 Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  • Proverbs 22:17-24:34 By Wisdom a House Is Built
  • Proverbs 25 Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver
  • Proverbs 26 As a Door Turns on Its Hinges
  • Proverbs 27 Wounds from a Friend Can Be Trusted
  • Proverbs 28 A Driving Rain That Leaves No Crops
  • Proverbs 29 Wise People Keep Themselves Under Control
  • Proverbs 30 Every Word of God Is Flawless
  • Proverbs 31 Woman Who Fears the Lord

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Wisdom Feast Proverbs 9:1-6 Grant, Scott
Words of Life Proverbs Westman, Dan
Falling, Broken Dreams, and Hope Proverbs 24:15-20 Louie, Jeff
Be Humbled to Be Wise Proverbs 15:31-33 Gustafson, Corrie
Choosing Life in a Sex Addicted Culture Proverbs 5:1-19 Taylor, Paul
Drunkenness and Other Dangers Proverbs 23:29-35 Burnham, Andy
A Sovereign, Just God Rules Proverbs 16:1-9 Holmlund, Steve
Wisdom Cries Out Proverbs 1:1-33 Grant, Scott
Wisdom at Work Proverbs Soderberg, Eric
Husbands & Wives Proverbs 5:15-23, 31:10-11, 31:28-31 Zeisler, Steve
Resisting Seduction Proverbs 5:1-14, 7:1-27 Zeisler, Steve
The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning Proverbs 1:1-7, 8:1-36 Zeisler, Steve
Mother Knows Best Proverbs 31:1-31 Zeisler, Steve
Diary of a Wise Old Man Proverbs 30:1-33 Zeisler, Steve
He Who Finds Me Finds Life Proverbs 8:1-36 Zeisler, Steve
Remarkable Discovery! Sexual Sin Destroys Life! Proverbs 7:1-27 Zeisler, Steve
Love, Marriage, and Ecstasy Proverbs 5:1-23 Zeisler, Steve
The Heart of Wisdom Proverbs 2:1-22, 3:1-35 Zeisler, Steve
Father Knows Best Proverbs 1:1-33 Zeisler, Steve
What every Child should Know Proverbs 1:1-33, 2:1-22, 3:1-35, 4:1-27, 5:1-23, 6:1-35, 7:1-27, 8:1-36, 9:1-18 Stedman, Ray
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Cherishing the Truth W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:1-4
Precepts and Promises of Wisdom E. Johnson Proverbs 3:1-10
Godliness H. Thorne. Proverbs 3:1-35
Religious Impressions to be Retained   Proverbs 3:1-35
The Earthly Rewards of Wisdom R. F. Horton, D. D. Proverbs 3:1-35
Useful Precepts and Inspiring Motives G. Lawson. Proverbs 3:1-35
The Philosophy of Health and Peace D. Thomas, D. D. Proverbs 3:2
Mercy and Truth Bp. Hacket. Proverbs 3:3
Receptive Tablets W. Arnot, D. D. Proverbs 3:3
Sacred Inscriptions on the Heart W. Arnot, D.D. Proverbs 3:3
Soul Literature Homilist Proverbs 3:3
The Combination of Mercy and Truth in a Good Life Francis Taylor. Proverbs 3:3
True Phylacteries D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:3
The Commencement of the Religious Life R. Ainslie. Proverbs 3:4
The Secret of Success R. S. Storrs, D. D. Proverbs 3:4
The Way to Favour R. Wardlaw, D.D. Proverbs 3:4
Good and Evil D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:5
Legitimate Use of the Understanding R. Wardlaw, D. D. Proverbs 3:5
Reason and Faith Stephen R. Dennen, D.D. Proverbs 3:5
Reliance Upon God J. Jortin, D. D. Proverbs 3:5
The Danger of Following Our Own Wishes Newman Hall. Proverbs 3:5
The Supreme Wisdom of Perfect Trust in God Homiletic Monthly Proverbs 3:5
The Understanding not Strong Enough to Lean Upon Chicago Sunday School Teacher. Proverbs 3:5
Trust in God George Barker. Proverbs 3:5
Trusting in God with All the Heart J. Slade, M. A. Proverbs 3:5
Self-Distrust and Trust in God W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:567
A Recipe for the True Enjoyment of Life William Birch. Proverbs 3:6
A Safe Pilgrimage The Congregational Pulpit Proverbs 3:6
Acknowledging God Homilist Proverbs 3:6
Acknowledging God Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons Proverbs 3:6
Acknowledging God J. Robertson. Proverbs 3:6
Acknowledging God in All Our Ways S. Knight, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
Consult God First C. Bridges, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
Dependence R. Maguire, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
Divine Guidance W. C. Wilson, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
Duty and Assurance Dean Lambe. Proverbs 3:6
God to be Acknowledged in All the Affairs of Life W. Arnot, D. D. Proverbs 3:6
God's Direction Francis Taylor, B.D. Proverbs 3:6
Guidance John Kelman, M. A. Proverbs 3:6
He Shall Direct Thy Paths D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:6
How Does God Guide Us? R. Wardlaw, D.D. Proverbs 3:6
Human Dependence and Divine Guidance W. G. Barrett. Proverbs 3:6
I Will Direct His Ways H. W. Beecher. Proverbs 3:6
Life a Labyrinth J. Robertson. Proverbs 3:6
Piety in Every-Day Life T. De Witt Talmage. Proverbs 3:6
Providence F. Wagstaff. Proverbs 3:6
Spiritual Direction T. P. Forsyth, D. D. Proverbs 3:6
The Acknowledgment of God J. M. Charlton, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
The Christian's Mainstay Homilist Proverbs 3:6
The Folly of a Self-Directed Life J. Robertson. Proverbs 3:6
The Great Duty of Acknowledging God William Curling, M.A. Proverbs 3:6
The Hand on the Helm Dean Alford. Proverbs 3:6
The Nature of the Christian's Trust in God Anon. Proverbs 3:6
The Necessity Far Divine Guidance Evangelical Preacher Proverbs 3:6
The Value of Prayer for Divine Guidance Sunday Companion Proverbs 3:6
Trust and Guidance T. Campey. Proverbs 3:6
Trust in the Lord Dean Church. Proverbs 3:6
What to Acknowledge Concerning God R. Newton. D. D. Proverbs 3:6
Self-Conceit D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:7
The Folly and Danger of Self-Conceit John Humphrys, LL.D. Proverbs 3:7
A Three-Linked Chain W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:78
Giving, a Privilege C. Bridges, M.A. Proverbs 3:9
Honouring the Lord with Our Substance W. M. Birchard. Proverbs 3:9
The Duty of Honouring God with Our Substance John C. Miller, M. A. Proverbs 3:9
The Highest Giving, the Condition of the Highest Getting David Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:9
The Divine Responsiveness W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:910
Chastening J. Parker, D.D. Proverbs 3:11
Chastisements Disciplinary I. S. Spencer, D. D. Proverbs 3:11
Despising God's Chastenings A. Roberts, M.A. Proverbs 3:11
Life a Discipline Morison Bryce. Proverbs 3:11
Moral Beauty the Result of Chastening Scientific Illustrations Proverbs 3:11
Right Conduct Under Affliction   Proverbs 3:11
Suffering in its Bearing on Conversion E. De Pressense, D.D. Proverbs 3:11
The Gifts of Heavenly Wisdom Alexander Maclaren Proverbs 3:11
Patience in Affliction E. Johnson Proverbs 3:1112
Wrong Views of Affliction, and the Right One W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:1112
The Characteristics of Fatherly Chastisement James Henderson, D.D. Proverbs 3:12
Wisdom the Best Investment E. Johnson Proverbs 3:13-18
The Happiness of the Pious T. W. Chambers. Proverbs 3:13-26
The Religious and Moral Ends of Knowledge Archibald Alison, D. D. Proverbs 3:13-26
The Value E. S. Tead. Proverbs 3:13-26
The Value of Wisdom D. J. Burrell, D. D. Proverbs 3:13-26
Wisdom H. Thorne. Proverbs 3:13-26
Wisdom's Inestimable Worth W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:13-26
A Gainful Merchandise W. Arnot, D.D. Proverbs 3:14
The Best Merchandise R. Newton, D.D. Proverbs 3:14
The Honour, Profit, and Pleasure of Religion W. Dodd, LL. D. Proverbs 3:14
The Treasures of Wisdom C. Wadsworth, D.D. Proverbs 3:14
The Value of Mental Cultivation R. Wardlaw, D.D. Proverbs 3:14
Wisdom for the Children R. W. Dale, LL.D. Proverbs 3:14
The Best of All Blessings R. Newton, D. D. Proverbs 3:15
The Circumstances Which Enhance the Value of Virtue G. J. Zollikofer. Proverbs 3:15
The Quality of Virtue John Mackenzie, D.D. Proverbs 3:15
Godliness a Help to Longevity John N. Norton. Proverbs 3:16
The Advantages of Religion Bp. John Wilkins. Proverbs 3:16
The Discreet Behaviour of the Christian Respecting His Outward Welfare G. J. Zollikofer. Proverbs 3:16
The Fruits of Wisdom J. Abernethy, M. A. Proverbs 3:16
The Gain of True Religion   Proverbs 3:16
A Pleasant Road to Travel J. W. Bray. Proverbs 3:17
Godliness is Pleasant and Delightful T. Horton, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
Life Within Life Joseph Parker, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
On the Happiness of a Virtuous Career R. Price, D. D. Proverbs 3:17
Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths J. Vaughan, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
Pleasantness and Peace   Proverbs 3:17
Pleasantness of Religion J. Jortin, D. D. Proverbs 3:17
Pleasure a Relative Thing R. South Proverbs 3:17
Pleasure and Peace the Certain Consequences of Virtue T. Newlin, M. A. Proverbs 3:17
Present Advantages of Piety R. Hall. Proverbs 3:17
Religion a Comfortable Way of Life Francis Taylor, B. D. Proverbs 3:17
Religion and its Value C. Voysey, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
Superiority of Pious Joy J. Halsey. Proverbs 3:17
The Advantages of Virtue and Piety Laurence Sterne. Proverbs 3:17
The Beauty of Holiness Bp. E. Hopkins. Proverbs 3:17
The Enjoyments of Religion D. Malcolm, LL.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Gifts of Wisdom Joseph Parker, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Happiness Attendant on the Paths of Religion Thomas Gisborne, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
The Happiness of Religion R. Wardlaw, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Happiness of True Religion A. Stirling, LL.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Joy of Peace John Thomas, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
The Peace and Pleasantness of True Religion Charles Davy. Proverbs 3:17
The Peasantness of Religion Isaac Barrow, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasantness of Religion S. Stennett, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasantness of Religion J. Entwisle. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasantness of Wisdom's Ways F. F. Trench, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasure of Christ's Ways John Guyse. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasures of a Religious Life James Foster. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasures of Real Religion T. Boston, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasures of Religion G. Burder. Proverbs 3:17
The Pleasures of Religion Sidney Smith. Proverbs 3:17
The Service of God Pleasant A. B. Grosart. Proverbs 3:17
The Temporal Advantages of a Religious Life C. Symmons, B.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Walk of Faith a Way of Pleasantness and Peace J. H. Evans, M. A. Proverbs 3:17
The Ways of True Religious Wisdom are Ways of Pleasantness J. Love, D.D. Proverbs 3:17
The Ways of Wisdom J. Abernethy, M. A. Proverbs 3:17
Ways of Pleasantness C. Bridges, M.A. Proverbs 3:17
Divine Purpose in Nature and Revelation Bp. Harvey Goodwin. Proverbs 3:19
Earthly and Heavenly Wisdom Charles Kingsley. Proverbs 3:19
Wisdom the Principle of the Creation E. Johnson Proverbs 3:1920
The Sea Night-Mist of Palestine James Neil, M.A. Proverbs 3:20
Fidelity to Principle D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:21-23
Securing Wisdom When We have It Joseph Parker, D.D. Proverbs 3:21-23
Confidence and the Sense of Security in the Ways of God E. Johnson Proverbs 3:21-26
The Peaceful Slumbers of the Righteous Daniel Moore, M.A. Proverbs 3:24
Confident Attitude of God's People   Proverbs 3:25-26
A Plea for the Shop-Men W. M. Whittemore, S.C.L. Proverbs 3:27
Beneficence D. Thomas, D. D. Proverbs 3:27
The Duty of Charity Francis Astry, D. D. Proverbs 3:27
The Duty of Charity Stated and Enforced J. Seed, M. A. Proverbs 3:27
Withholding Dues C. Bridges, M. A. Proverbs 3:27
Promptitude in Good Actions E. Johnson Proverbs 3:2728
Four Valuable Virtues W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:27-32
Neighbourliness H. Thorne. Proverbs 3:28-35
Odious Passions E. Johnson Proverbs 3:29-31
Negative Goodness Joseph Parker, D. D. Proverbs 3:30
Strife D. Thomas, D.D. Proverbs 3:30
The Oppressor D. Thomas, D. D. Proverbs 3:31
The Oppressor not to be Envied R. Wardlaw, D.D. Proverbs 3:31
The Discernment of Jehovah E. Johnson Proverbs 3:32-35
Different Characters and Destinies J. S. Pratt, B. C. L. Proverbs 3:33
God's Curse and Blessing Francis Taylor, B.D. Proverbs 3:33
In What Sense a Curse May Still Extend to Christians John Miller, M.A. Proverbs 3:33
Moral Contrasts in Character and Destiny E. Johnson, M. A. Proverbs 3:33
The Curse and the Blessing American National Preacher Proverbs 3:33
The Height of Well-Being and the Depth of Ill-Being W. Clarkson Proverbs 3:33-35
Of Humility Sir M. Hale. Proverbs 3:34
The Scorn of Scorn W. R. Huntington, D. D. Proverbs 3:34
Why God Scorns the Scorner Abp. A. Mackay-Smith. Proverbs 3:34
Sanctified Intellect William Leask. Proverbs 3:35
The Folly of the Earthly-Minded D. Baker, D.D. Proverbs 3:35



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