Proverbs

 

Chapter 1

Does the Bible really show us what life means? Where it's going?

Give one example from your life how God's word (particularly in Proverbs, if you can) has shown you what life means or where its going.

What is so important about a disciplined and prudent life?

Why should Christians be disciplined?

1 Timothy 4:6-8

What does prudent mean and how does it apply to you?

Why is the fear of the Lord the beginning of knowledge?

Can you have knowledge without fearing God?

What are some fundamental assumptions we have in our approach to life in regards to God and Scripture?

Even though we are not generally tempted to go to the extent talked about in verses 10-14, what are some principles of evil that we can see here?

What is the common warning in Scripture that we see in verse 15?

Verse 19 mentions the ultimate destiny of sinners. What is it? Is this always true?

Wisdom (verses 20-33)

Why do you suppose Solomon chose to personify Wisdom as a woman?

Is wisdom hard to find? James 1:5-10

How does wisdom rebuke us? (23)

If we respond to the rebuke of wisdom, what will happen? If we don't respond?

Verses 28-31 reiterate verse 19. (Romans 1:24-32--The Message)

When is someone past hearing the rebuke of wisdom?

Is verse 31 really all that bad?

Is verse 33 true? How is it true?

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Chapter 2

How are some of the ways we seek wisdom (verses 1-4)?

How do we understand the "fear of the LORD"?

What is the "knowledge of God"? (Genesis 3:5, 22)

How is "knowledge" different from "understanding"?

What is the theme of verses 7 and *8?

Lets discuss the various words here: victory, shield, guards, protects; and how these are used.  (Deuteronomy 33:29)

Why are rightness, justice, and fairness so important? Why is God so concerned with these values? What was the context here?

When wisdom enters our heart, why is our soul pleased?

How do discretion and understanding guard us?

What does verse 17 have to say about marriage? What does this passage have to say about sexual sin?

What is the promise and comfort in verse 21?

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Chapter 3

How does wisdom prolong our life and bring us prosperity?

Why/how are love and faithfulness tied together?

How does wisdom win us favor and a good name? (Philippians 4:8)

Reflect on verses 5 and 6. How do these verses apply to you?

How much of us does God desire?

What do verses 9 and 10 tell us about the wisdom of giving?

How does the Lord discipline us? How does discipline show love? (Ephesians 6:4, Hebrews 12:5-13)

Contrast 3:18 with 2:18. What are the differences?

How does our confidence in the Lord's wisdom give us untroubled sleep and keeps us from fear of sudden disaster? (vv 23-26)

What do verses 27 and 28 say about giving? How do these verses tie wisdom and action together?

"34 He gives proud skeptics a cold shoulder, but if you're down on your luck, he's right there to help. 35 Wise living gets rewarded with honor; stupid living gets the booby prize." The Message

Why does God have no use for "proud skeptics" or "mockers"?

Hebrews 11:6 (The Message) "It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him."

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Chapter 4:16-27

Why does evil breed more evil?

Why is light so much more powerful than darkness?

How can we guard our hearts? Is it true that "garbage in, garbage out"?

What are some of the ways in which we let perversity and corruption creep into our speech? (Ephesians 5:4, 2 Timothy 2:16)

Why is it so important to keep our focus?

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Chapter 5

What is this chapter focused on?

How does the saying, "discretion is the better part of valor" apply in this context?

How is seduction achieved? What other sins are particularly seductive? (2 Corinthians 11:1-14)

Why and how does pleasurable sin destroy our ability to reason effectively?

What are verses 10 and 11 talking about? (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)

What do you regret? When have you looked back and said, "I wish I would have listened to ____. It would have saved me from ____."

What are verses 15-20 talking about?

Why has God created marriage? Is it ok to enjoy your marriage partner?

How does intimacy intensify pleasure and passion? How does promiscuity diffuse pleasure and passion?

Albeit verse 20's questions are rhetorical, what could the answers be?

What three basic points do verses 21-23 make? (Jeremiah 32:17-19)

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Chapter 10

What is the basic metaphor/theme of this chapter?

 

Why are ill-gotten treasures of no value?

 

Verse 8 begins a theme in Proverbs that is repeated over and over again. What is that theme? (V14, 18, 19)

 

Why does too much talking generally get you in trouble?

 

What is “winking maliciously”?

 

Verse 15? What do you think?

 

What does verse 18 say about our dealings with other people, particularly in the Church?

 

Contrast verse 22 with verse 16.

 

What does verse 24 tell us about motivation?

 

Why is laziness so strongly condemned in Scripture? (19:24, 20:4, 21:25, 26:14)
Verses 31 and 13 show very strong punishment for perversity/foolishness. Does this tell us anything about punishments we should advocate?

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Chapter 11: How to Succeed in Business

Two Sections:

1-14: General Proverbs on the Benefits of Righteousness

Verse 1 sets up the contrasts between righteous and wicked. What is the overarching point of verse one concerning business ethics?

Does it only apply to measuring things in retail?

Ps 119: 104, Pr 20: 23, Pr 16:11

Verses 4, 7 and 10 talk about the ultimate insurance or reliability of wealth. What is it?

What do people really think of someone who gets his wealth illegitimately or through dodgy business practices? What does God think? 

15-31: Benefits of Generosity

What does verse 14 tell us about planning? What has this verse got to do with righteousness and wickedness?

See also 15:22, 20:18, 24:6

Why is verse 15 so strongly stated? Does it still apply in our culture?

De 23: 19

Who is this verse talking about in our culture? How does this verse address modesty?

1 Peter 3:3-5

Verses 24-27 address the practical results of generosity. What are these results? How does generosity benefit a person?

What is verse 31 talking about?

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Proverbs 12-22:16: Various Proverbs of Solomon

12.8, 9, 10, 25

13.4, 11, 24 (19.18, 23-13-14)

14.12-13*, 20-21, 34

15.1#, 17-18, 30

16.18, 24, 25*, 28

17.1, 5, 8, 19

18.13, 14, 22m

19.11#, 13-14m

20.1, 9, 11, 22,  29

21.9m

22.1-2, 6

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Sayings of the Wise

Proverbs 22:17-24:34

Made obvious by the introduction in 22:17-19. Also 10:1-22:16 has 375 single-line proverbs which equals the Hebrew numerical value of the name "Solomon" given in the title of 10:1.

These are also admonitions, and not sayings as. Moreover, these are couplets and not stand-alone sayings as in the previous 12 chapters.

Who are these verses meant for?

What will you gain from listening to the sayings of the wise?

What do 22.22-23 say about the poor?

What does 22.29 say about "blue-collar" work and/or work in general?

23.1-8 seem to be talking about food. What are they really talking about?

What are 23.29-35 talking about? Is this good advice?

What does 24:11-12 say about accountability?

What does 24.24-25 have to say about "live and let live"?

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Proverbs 30 and 31

The Sayings of Agur (30:1-14)

What is God like? How does human wisdom compare to God's Word? (1-6)

What should we desire in life? What are some bad examples (7-14)

Numerical Sayings (30:15-33)

What are your impressions?

Again, what do this verses say about man and his relationship to nature?

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

What makes a good king?

The Wife of Noble Character (31:10-31)

What is the primary characteristic of the noble wife?

What are some of the ways in which she prepares for the future?

What is the end result for this noble woman?

What makes this woman particularly attractive?

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