Proverbs Studies 1-8
Proverbs Study 1 – The Wisdom of Solomon
Read 1 Kings 2:1-4
1. What advice did David give Solomon?
Read 1 Kings 3:4-15
2. What did Solomon ask of the Lord? Why?
3. What else did God promise Solomon?
Read 1 Kings 3:16-28
4. How was Solomon’s wisdom first demonstrated?
Read 1 Kings 4:29-34, 5:12, 10:1-9 and 10:23-24
5. How did Israel benefit from Solomon’s wisdom?
6. What was the effect of Israel’s wise ruler on the surrounding nations?
Read 1 Kings 11:1-13
7. What led to Solomon’s downfall? What were the consequences for the kingdom of Israel?
Read Luke 11:27-31
8. What did Jesus recognise as the ultimate wisdom? (v28)
9. How can we be wise?
Recommended Reading: 1 Kings 2-4 and 11
Proverbs Study 2 – An Introduction to the Book of Proverbs
Read Proverbs 1:1-7
1. What is the purpose of these proverbs, and for whom were they intended?
2. On what should true wisdom be based?
Read Proverbs 1:8-19
3. What temptations does this introduction warn against? What consequences?
Read Proverbs 1:20-33
4. Why might Solomon have presented Wisdom as a woman? What relationship does he encourage young men to have with Wisdom? (See also 7:4)
5. Why do people reject wisdom and what are the consequences?
Read Corinthians 1:18-31 and 2:13-16
6. What does it mean for Jesus to be our wisdom?
7. What will characterise a person who has the mind of Christ?
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 1 and 7
Proverbs Study 3 – The Fear of the Lord
1. What is fear and when is it useful?
2. What attributes and characteristics of God inspire fear?
Read Deuteronomy 31:12-13
3. How do God’s people learn to fear Him?
Read Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:1-8
4. How does a proper fear of the Lord lead to trust in His greater wisdom?
Read Proverbs 14:26-27, 15:33 and 19:23
5. How does the fear of the Lord lead to security?
Read Proverbs 14:2, 19:3 and 28:14
6. What foolish ways result from not fearing God?
Read Philippians 2:12-16
7. How can fearing the Lord help us to live our lives according to God’s will?
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 3 and 14
Proverbs Study 4 – The Moral Benefits of Wisdom
Read Proverbs 2
1. How does Chapter 2 assert that a person can find protection from following wicked ways?
2. What evils are warned against, and what are the consequences of following this path?
Read Proverbs 5
3. What advice is given to help a young man avoid the sin of adultery? How is this relevant to sin in general?
Read Proverbs 6:20-7:27
4. How did the simple youth of Chapter 7 seek temptation and court disaster?
Read Colossians 3:1-17
5. What aspects of our “earthly nature” are we told to get rid of?
6. With what should we “clothe” ourselves so we can better reflect the image of God?
7. How can we do better at “embracing wisdom” rather than flirting with sin?
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 2, 5 and 6