3 Weeks in Proverbs

We’ve just wrapped up our study of Ecclesiastes and will be starting a study of Ephesians on July 22. Until then, we want to encourage you to spend the next 3 weeks in Proverbs. The reading plan is for 5 days a week starting July 2 and you can catch up over the weekends. Be sure to join us over the next couple of weeks for This Is Us. Below is the reading plan and some help for reading Proverbs.

  • July 2 – Proverbs 1-2
  • July 3 – Proverbs 3-4
  • July 4 – Proverbs 5-6
  • July 5 – Proverbs 7-8
  • July 6 – Proverbs 9-10
  • July 7 – Catch Up
  • July 8 – Worship
  • July 9 – Proverbs 11-12
  • July 10 – Proverbs 13-14
  • July 11 – Proverbs 15-16
  • July 12 – Proverbs 17-18
  • July 13 – Proverbs 19-20, Worship & Prayer Night at 7pm
  • July 14 – Catch Up
  • July 15 – Worship
  • July 16 – Proverbs 21-22
  • July 17 – Proverbs 23-24
  • July 18 – Proverbs 25-26
  • July 19 – Proverbs 27-28
  • July 20 – Proverbs 29-31
  • July 21 – Catch Up
  • July 22 – Pick Up Ephesians Practice Guide

Studying Proverbs

Like Ecclesiastes, Proverbs is a part of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament. It differs from many of the other books because it doesn’t tell a story or have a central narrative. It is, as the title of the book suggests, a book of Proverbs.  The focus of Proverbs is to offer wisdom for everyday life. The first 9 chapters of Proverbs is Solomon writing in praise of Wisdom and there rest of the book is a series of wise sayings, most of which are attributed to Solomon.  In the context of the book of Proverbs, a proverb is a wise saying that is presented is poetic form and is as short as possible. After chapter 9, there is not much commentary offered, it is simply a book of short sayings offered up as wisdom for life. When reading Proverbs, remember that they are not promises. Instead they offer principles that are generally true when applied in the right circumstances. Some questions to ask when you read Proverbs:

  1. Is the passage an observation, a bit of advice, a warning, a reflection, or some other kind of teaching?
  2. Under what circumstances does the proverb apply or not apply to a situation? How can you tell?
  3. Does the New Testament address the topic or teaching of the passage you are studying?

(Questions from How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman) As always, we encourage you to carve out special time read the bible. Try to find a quiet & distraction free place. This is a special time with God. Open your time in prayer and consider writing down some of your reflections in a journal. If it helps, pray this prayer when before you read: Father, you are the source of all wisdom. Open my heart and mind to receive the wisdom you have to offer me today and help me to put that wisdom into practice today.

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