Purpose and Theme
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Father, thank you for giving us words of wisdom to guide us each day. Bless your words in my heart that it will affect my behavior. Empower me so all I do will always be right, just and fair. Please give me prudence, knowledge and the ability to understand Your Word. Help me be discerning of your leading upon my life. May the fear of the Lord be upon me. Guard my heart that I may not despise Your wisdom and instructions. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!