Solomon, like his father, David was an inspired writer of Scripture. With the great wisdom given to him by God, he was able to impart much of that into his writings. Many, but not all of the proverbs were attributed to him. Proverbs may be defined as brief statements with evident truths.
The proverbs writer began by describing the contrasts between those who are wise and those who are fools. “A wise man will hear and increase learning…But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” To know wisdom is the key to the success of a godly life. He continued by admonishing obedience to the instructions of one’s parents instead of consenting to the enticements of sinners.
Wisdom is personified as an ever-present woman calling out instructions to all. Those who refuse to hear her will bear the consequences of their foolishness, but those who listen to her will, “Dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
For every action, there is either a positive or negative reaction. If one diligently receives the words of wisdom into his heart, he will find the knowledge of God and reap the benefits of His directions. However, the negative reaction to the one who turns to the immoral woman of sin is to be cut off and uprooted from the earth.
Youth is the age in which to obtain wisdom. However, it is sometimes very difficult for the young to grasp the gravity of sage advice. The wise man summed up the entire philosophy of life in one short statement. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
The Proverbs writer instructed the youth to recognize that they do not know all of the answers to life’s challenges. They must look to the Lord to direct them from the pitfalls of evil. Children are God’s gifts to parents, but parents are also God’s gift to them. It is through their parents that young people receive the chastisement of the Lord for the errors of their ways. “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
Wisdom is priceless. It is worth more that precious metals, gems and anything else that one may desire. Wisdom is the source of long life, riches, honor and peace. God perfected His creation by wisdom. A wise person is able to lie down and enjoy sweet sleep free from fear. He will promptly pay what is due and live peaceably with his neighbors. “The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.”