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Solomon advises us on raising our children.


The Book of Proverbs is the twentieth book in the Bible. It contains 800 pieces of wisdom, or proverbs, most of which were written by King Solomon, the son of King David. The Book of Proverbs gives us valuable insights into our lives and teaches us to respect God, to fear His judgement and to pursue wisdom in all that we do.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
The first 9 chapters in the Book of Proverbs contain advice for which specific group of people?
For the elderly
For husbands
For young adults
For wives
Chapters 1-9 are made up of ten encouraging sections, each beginning with the words 'My son'. In them Solomon is speaking as a father would to his children, advising them how they should live their lives.
In one place Solomon asks them to value wisdom above wealth:

Proverbs 8:10-11
"Receive my instruction and not silver;
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
for wisdom is better than than rubies;
and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it"
The first few verses of the Book of Proverbs tell us of its purpose - to instruct in wisdom, to teach justice, judgement and equity and to gain knowledge and discretion. In this introduction Solomon tells us that knowledge comes from what?
Knowledge comes from proverbs
Knowledge comes from the love of God
Knowledge comes from study
Knowledge comes from the fear of God
Solomon says that fear of god is the beginning of knowledge. He also advises us to listen to instruction from our elders.

Proverbs 1:7-9
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck"
Solomon advises us on raising our children, saying that one does not love one's children if one fails to give them what?
Proverbs 13:24
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son:
but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."

This proverb has come down to us as the phrase "spare the rod and spoil the child"
Soloman says that those of us who refuse this despise our souls, but those of us who accept it will gain understanding. What is the thing of which he speaks?
Instruction or criticism
Money or gold
Education or learning
The love of God
Proverbs 15:32
"He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:
but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding."

This verse teaches us to lay aside our pride and to accept constructive criticism from others
In another proverb Solomon tells us that a man who captures a city is worth less than a man who can control what?
His wife
His children
His sheep
Self control and being slow to anger are what the proverb praises.

Proverbs 16:32
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city"
What is said to happen to those who do not hear the cries of the poor?
Their own cries for help will not be answered
All their riches shall be lost
They shall be struck deaf
A plague of boils shall strike them
This proverb tells us not to be selfish and to do what we can to help those in need.

Proverbs 21:13
"Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor,
he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard"
To keep our souls from trouble what do the proverbs say that we should not do?
We should not speak
We should not eat
We should not sleep
We should not drink
Proverbs 21:23
"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue
keepeth his soul from troubles."

This verse warns us against rash words. As my mother used to say, "Keep your mouth shut and you'll catch no flies!"
One proverb advises us to teach a child what, so that he will continue it in his adulthood?
The Book of Proverbs
How to ride a horse
The right way to go
Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

The proverb is echoed in the saying "Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man"
Chapter 30 in the Book of Proverbs is said to have been written by who?
Nobody knows for certain who Agur was. Some say that Agur was an alias for King Solomon and others that the word means 'compiler'. Whoever he was, he made use of numbers within his proverbs. Here are a couple of examples:

Proverbs 30:7,15
"Two things have I required of thee;
deny me them not before I die:
The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.
There are three things that are never satisfied,
yea, four things say not, It is enough"
The last chapter of the Book of Proverbs is the advice given to a king by who?
By his father
By his High Priest
By his mother
By his prophet
The chapter opens with "The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him". We do not know who King Lemuel was as he is mentioned nowhere else in the Bible. Some say that he was an Assyrian king, whilst others think that Lemuel is another alias of King Solomon and that this chapter was written by his mother, Bathsheba. Whoever the author and whoever the king, the chapter advises him to use his powers to help the poor and the needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9
"Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously,
and plead the cause of the poor and needy"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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