which are instructions of wisdom. The Book of Proverbs is in the form of parables, stories, riddles, and wise sayings. They offer a unique perspective on making decisions, living life, and how to be successful.
By studying the Book of Proverbs, particularly for men, there is an opportunity to get insight not only from a king, not only from a Black king or ruler, but also from the wisest man that lived and whose knowledge has continued on for thousands of years.
By reading the Book of Proverbs the reader is offered the possibility of duplicating the best results of a King. The reader will increase in knowledge wisdom and understanding, make better decisions, learn how to earn more money, have better relationships with the opposite sex as well as with people in general, and learn to be successful in living a prosperous and joyful life.
Additionally, Solomon is credited with building the first temple of Jerusalem, which is highly detailed in the Torah/ Old Testament. In a spiritual sense, building the Temple is like building your body or the house where God is found living in. Solomon’s Temple is often compared to the building of the temple of man.
1 Book of Corinthians 6:19-20
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Who was King Solomon?
King Solomon was the son of King David and was considered to be the wisest man on the planet. He was the King of IsraEL. People came from all over the earth to seek his counsel. He reigned for 80 years as King, and is highly respected in the Torah, Bible, and Qur’an. He built the first Temple of Jerusalem.
Biblically, God appeared to Solomon in a dream and promised him anything he asked. Solomon chose understanding and discernment, asking God to help him govern his people well and wisely. God was so pleased with the request that he granted it, along with great riches, honor, and longevity.
- Solomon was the third king over Israel.
- Solomon ruled with wisdom over Israel for 40 years, securing stability through treaties with foreign powers.
- He is celebrated for his wisdom and for building the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem.
- Solomon wrote much of the book of Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, the book of Ecclesiastes, and two psalms.
· He was also exceedingly wealthy and ruled over large amounts of territory. From his lineage he continued a line of kings that ruled over the nation called Ethiopia, the last of which was Emperor Haile Selassie I.
1 Kings 3:11-15
11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.
14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
I am dark (black), but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
1 Kings 4:29-34
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
What is the Book of Proverbs?
The Book of Proverbs is found in the Old Testament of the Bible and are short sayings of high wisdom in the form of parables, stories, riddles, and wise sayings that are primarily from King Solomon. The Book of Proverbs compiles numerous short instructions for living an effective life on earth. Proverbs concerns itself completely with instructing people in the path of wisdom. Proverbs contains some of the most applicable nuggets of truth found in the whole of the Bible.
Some say that the Book of Proverbs was revealed to Solomon by God, some say he compiled these proverbs from other sources, and some say he received some of the proverbs from his father, who wrote much of the Book of Psalms.