CBS – The Beauty of Wisdom – Proverbs 1-9

Proverbs is a classical Wisdom book, written mostly in poetic couplets; little aphorisms of good advice. It’s form will remind American readers of Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, a down-to-earth compilation of practical and prudent good advice.

The great patron of Biblical Wisdom is Solomon, and the Book of Proverbs is attributed to him, though it seems to be a collection of several preexisting sources which have been edited together, probably around the early part of the 5th century BC.  The book is presented as a set of instructions for a young man from an older and wiser man, perhaps a father to a son or a master to an apprentice. The young pupil is expected to listen and be attentive, to be docile and accept what is taught, to seek good company and avoid evildoers, and to actively seek out wisdom.

Both Wisdom and Folly are personified as women, The foolish woman is described in 2:16-19, 7;10-27 and 9:13-18. She is a seductress and is to be avoided. In contrast, Wisdom is personified as a wise woman, described in chapters 8-9, who is active with God in creation. (8;22-36).


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