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Biblical Outline: Proverbs

Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.


In this Series, we are going to further our in-depth study of each book of the Holy Bible, breaking each book into the major themes and topics contained therein. Today we'll outline the twentieth book of the Bible, Proverbs.



Outline

  • Prologue: Purpose and Theme (1:1-7)

  • The Superiority of the Way of Wisdom (1:8;9:18)

    • Appeals and Warnings Confronting Youth (1:8-33)

      1. Enticements to secure happiness by violence (1:8-19)

      2. Warnings against rejecting wisdom (1:20-33)

    • Commendation of Wisdom (chapters 2-4)

      1. Benefits of accepting wisdom's instructions (chapter 2)

      2. Wisdom bestows well-being (3:1-20)

      3. Wisdom's instructions and benefits (3:21-35)

      4. Challenge to hold on to wisdom (chapter 4)

    • Warnings against Folly (chapters 5-7)

      1. Warning against adultery (chapter 5)

      2. Warning against perverse ways (6:1-19)

      3. Cost of committing adultery (6:20-35)

      4. Warning against the enticements of an adulteress (chapter 7)

    • Appeals Addressed to Youth (chapters 8-9)

      1. Wisdom's appeal (chapter 8)

      2. Invitations of wisdom and folly (chapter 9)

  • The Main Collection of Solomon's Proverbs (10:1;22:16)

  • The Thirty Sayings of the Wise (22:17;24:22)

  • Additional Sayings of the Wise (24:23-34)

  • Hezekiah's Collection of Solomon's Proverbs (chapters 25-29)

  • The Sayings of Agur (chapter 30)

  • The Sayings of King Lemuel (31:1-9)

  • Epilogue: The Ideal Wife (31:10-31)

The Wise Man According to Proverbs: An Outline

  • His Character

    • He Is Teachable, Not Intractable

      1. He receives and loves instruction (18:15;19:20)

      2. He grows in wisdom (1:5;9:9;10:14)

    • He Is Righteous, Not Wicked

      1. He fears the Lord (1:7; 14:16; see below under relationship to the Lord)

      2. He hates what is false (13:5)

      3. He shuns evil (3:7;14:16;16:6)

      4. He does what is righteous (2:20)

      5. He speaks the truth (22:21)

    • He Is Humble, Not Proud (15:33)

    • He Is Self-controlled, Not Rash

      1. His temperament

        1. He is self-controlled (29:11)

        2. He has a calm spirit (17:27)

        3. He is slow to become angry (29:8,11)

      2. His actions

        1. He is cautious, not hasty (19:2)

        2. He thinks before he acts (13:16; 14:8)

        3. He thinks before he speaks (12:23; 15:2)

    • He Is Forgiving, Not Vindictive

      1. He is patient (19:11)

      2. He is concerned about goodwill/peace (14:9)

      3. He forgives those who wrong him (10:12;17:9)

      4. He is not vindictive (20:22;24:29)

  • His Relationships

    • To the Lord

      1. He fears the Lord (9:10;14:16;15:33)

      2. He trusts in the Lord (3:5;16:3,20)

      3. He is ever mindful of the Lord (3:6)

      4. He chooses the Lord's way/wisdom (8:10-11;17:24)

      5. He submits to the Lord's discipline (1:2-3;3:11)

      6. He confesses his sin (28:13)

    • To His Family

      1. To his parents

        1. Respects them (17:6; contrast 30:17)

        2. Listens to them (23:22; cf. 1:8; 4:1)

        3. Seeks to bring them honor and joy

          1. By being wise (10:1;15:20;29:3)

          2. By being righteous (23:24)

          3. By being diligent (10:5)

      2. To his wife

        1. He appreciates her

          1. As a gift from the Lord (18:22;19:14)

          2. As his crowning glory (12:4;31:10-31)

        2. He praises her (31:28)

        3. He trusts her (31:11)

        4. He is faithful to her (5:15-20)

      3. To his children

        1. He loves them (3:12;13:24)

        2. He is concerned about them (1:8-9:18)

        3. He trains them (22:6)

          1. Reasons for training them

          2. Own peace of mind and joy (29:17)

          3. Child's honor and well-being (1:8-9;4:9;19:18;23:13-14)

          4. By teaching/instructing them (1:10; chapters 5-7; 28:7; cf. 4:1-9)

          5. By disciplining them

          6. By verbal correction (13:1)

          7. By physical discipline (13:24;23:13-14)

        4. He provides for their

          1. Physical needs (21:20;27:23-27)

          2. Spiritual heritage (14:26;20:7)

    • To His Friends and Neighbors

      1. To his friends

        1. He values them (27:10)

        2. He is constant to them (17:17; 18:24)

        3. He gives them counsel (27:9,17; cf. 27:6; 28:23)

      2. To his neighbors

        1. He fulfills his obligations (3:27-28)

        2. He strives for peace (3:29-30)

        3. He does not outstay his welcome (25:17)

        4. He does not deceive or mislead them (16:29;26:18-19)

  • His Words

    • The Power of His Words

      1. Their power

        1. The power of life and death (12:6;13:14;15:4;18:21)

        2. The power to heal or to wound (11:9,11;12:18;15:4,30;16:24)

      2. Their limitation

        1. No substitute for deeds (14:23)

        2. Cannot alter the facts (26:23-26)

        3. Cannot compel response (29:19)

    • The Character of His Words

      1. They are honest, not false (12:22;16:13)

      2. They are few, not many (10:19)

        1. Not boastful (27:2)

        2. Not argumentative (17:14)

        3. Not contentious (29:9)

        4. Not a gossip

          1. Revealing secrets (11:13;20:19)

          2. Spreading slander (10:18;26:20-22)

      3. They are calm, not emotional

        1. Rational (15:28;17:27)

        2. Gentle and peaceable (15:1,18)

        3. Yet persuasive (25:15)

      4. They are apt, not untimely (15:23;25:11)

    • The Source of His Words

      1. His heart/character (compare 4:23 with Mt 12:33-35)

        1. Positively, he is righteous (10:11;13:14)

        2. Negatively, he is not

          1. Proud (13:10;6:16-19)

          2. Hateful (26:24,28)

      2. His companions (13:20;27:17)

      3. Reflections (15:28)


May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.


I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.


May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength.


Love you much.


Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!


-Humble Servant


P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation


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