If there was one book of the Bible that I wish I had completely memorized, it would be the book of Proverbs. Kevin Swanson has wisely stated, “Of all of the possible curriculum choices used for the education of our children, the most important textbook of all is that which God Himself presented in the book of Proverbs.” I would add, not just the education of our children, but the education of us all. There is a reason that for centuries many Christians have been reading the Proverb of the day (reading the chapter in Proverbs that coincides with the day of the month.) The Bible, in its totality, explains who God is, who man is, and how we can be reconciled to Him through Christ. It is one big story in four major parts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. Yet within the big story of the Bible we find a manual for daily living. We find this in the book of Proverbs. It is filled with practical godly advice that is packed into short pithy sayings (which makes them great for memorization).
Life is hard and it takes great wisdom to navigate through it. Thankfully, if we are believers, we have Jesus who laid his life down for us, gave us direction, and provided the perfect example of living life in a wise way to the glory of God the Father. This is why he has often been referred to as “wisdom personified.” He perfectly obeyed all of the Father’s lawful demands and he lived with perfect wisdom. Jesus is God and yet our elder brother. If we want to live as Christ did, the book of Proverbs is a good place to start.
Our family loves the book of Proverbs. This is part of the reason that this year we have decided to commit many of them to memory. If you would like, I invite you to memorize them along with us.
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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
“24Put away from you crooked speech and put devious talk far from you.
25Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
26Ponderthe path of your feet then all your ways will be sure.
27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”
“Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.”
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.”
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death”
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
“A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.”
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”
“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
“4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.”
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
“5Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”