One of my earliest books is titled Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World: A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs. It is published by Word Aflame Press and is available at pentecostalpublishing.com and as a Kindle download from amazon.com and as an Apple Book.
It has occurred to me that some who read this blog may enjoy brief excerpts from this book, perhaps as daily devotions. I am also in the process of posting video readings from another of my books, If God Loves Me, Why Am I Hurting?
Beginning with this post, I plan to offer these excerpts. They will not be identical to the study notes I wrote on the Book of Proverbs for the Apostolic Study Bible. I hope they will be useful to you.
Proverbs 1:1: “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.”
The Book of Proverbs opens with the clear statement that Solomon, the son of David, is the author. There is no question that the first twenty-nine chapters are proverbs of Solomon. Some suppose, however, that chapters 30 and 31 were authored by others, because of the statements at the beginning of those two chapters. We will comment on that when we reach those texts.
Regardless of whether the last two chapters of Proverbs were authored by Solomon, we know they are inspired Scripture. The entire book was included in the Hebrew canon (the collection of books accepted as inspired) before the time of Christ, and He gave his stamp of divine approval to the entirety of the Old Testament, including Proverbs (Luke 24:44). In the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Proverbs was included in the section known as Psalms, which we call the poetry and wisdom literature.