Proverbs 1 Commentary And Bible Study


Here is a brief Bible study and commentary on chapter one of Proverbs.

Proverbs One – The Beginning of Wisdom

This chapter is all about the wisdom of God and it is not that we have divine wisdom within ourselves, but the wisest thing we can ever do is to give glory to God and to fear Him. This type of fear is not a dread filled fear of being struck to death by God at any time, but a deep and holy reverent respect for the holiness of God which compels us to obedience. It is the beginning and the end of all wisdom. This does not mean that we have all the knowledge of course, but we do have the wisdom to know where all the knowledge comes from.

Proverbs 1: 1-4 “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand the words of insight, to receive instruction in wisdom, in righteousness, in righteousness and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.

The specific purpose of this proverb and all of Solomon’s proverbs is to acquire wisdom, receive instruction, and understand how to live and live righteously, justice, equality, prudence for those who are too young people to know when to use discretion and how to apply the knowledge. Solomon’s specific purpose is to “May the wise hear and increase his learning, and may he who understands obtain advice“(Prov 1: 5) to realize that”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [but] fools despise wisdom and education”(Prov 1: 7).

Proverbs 1: 10-12 “My son, if sinners attract you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us watch for the blood; ambush the innocent for no reason; like Sheol, let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the pit.

If I had only read this when I was younger I might have stepped away from dire consequences, but even the sins of my youth have worked my best in the sovereignty of God (Rom 8:28). How easy is it to get swept up in the crowd and be swayed by a reckless decision? It’s very easy, speaking of experience. Paul warned: “Make no mistake: “Bad company ruins good morals”(1 Cor 15:33).

Proverbs 1: 15-16a, 18-19 “My son, do not walk with them in their way; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run towards evil… but these men watch for their own blood; they are ambushing their own lives. These are the ways of all who are hungry for unjust gains; it takes the life of its owners.

Again Solomon speaks to us like a wise father and calls his readers “my son” and of course that includes “my daughter”. He exhorts us, the children of God, to “not walk with them (sinners)” for it is very expensive, and could even cost them their lives (Prov 1:19). The point is, those who ambush others will eventually be trapped in their own right. It may not be today or tomorrow, but it will come.

Proverbs 1: 22-23 “How long, O simple, will you like to be simple? How long will mockers enjoy mocking and fools hate knowing? If you turn away from my rebuke, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make known my words to you. “

Today’s scoffers are those who hate the knowledge of God. The psalmist tells us what God thinks of the mocker or the fool ”The fool says in his heart: “There is no God. They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is no one who does good(Psalm 14: 1). The King James has some of those words in italics and it’s “There is …” so this verse actually reads “The fool says in his heart,” no God “as said in defiance, No God! “There is nothing more foolish than to challenge or deny God (Rev 20: 12-15), however, Solomon leaves room for hope when he writes”If you turn away from my rebuke, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will let you know my words. This ‘turn’ is like the word ‘repent’ and means to turn around, go the other way, forsake the way you were going and turn to God and only then will God pour out His Spirit on you. that the Spirit dwells, then the words can be communicated to us, the words being the Bible, and we know from Jesus that “the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have said to you. “(John 14:26).

Proverbs 1: 25-27 “Because you ignored all my advice and wanted none of my rebuke, I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish assail you.

Ignorance is no excuse. Try this speed through an area of ​​30 MPH to 50! By the way, the Bible says that we are all without excuse (Rom 1:20). How many times have those who refuse to repent and trust Christ been exposed to the gospel? The more a person hears the gospel and rejects it, the harder his heart becomes; and the less likely they will be to turn to Christ.

Proverbs 1: 29-31 “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they did not want any of my counsel and despised all my rebuke, therefore they will eat the fruit of their way and will be satisfied with devices themselves. “

Not only do unbelievers reject the knowledge of God, but they reject the fear (respect, reverence) of the Lord. They plugged their ears to the counsel found in the faithful witnesses and in the written Word. They despised God’s rebuke just as they thought the cross was foolish, just as Paul wrote “the word of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but for us who are saved it is the power of God“(1 Co 1,18). In time, they will suffer the consequences (Prov 1:31).

Proverbs 1: 32-33 “For the simple are slain when they turn aside, and the complacency of fools destroy them; but he who listens to me will dwell in safety and be at ease, without fear of disaster.

The wisdom here is that those who will listen to God can be safe without fear of condemnation (Rom 8: 1) and be comfortable in the face of any disaster because they are at peace with God (Rom 5: 1). There is no peace with God until you make peace with God. The simple one goes straight on the wide path that leads to destruction (Matthew 7: 13b) which is why Jesus said “Enter through the narrow gate. “(Mt 7: 13a).


There is great wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. It is a shame to let such wisdom be locked away in a closed Bible. One of the wisest things you can do is read one chapter a day from the Book of Proverbs and you will find a very common theme in this book; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [but] fools despise wisdom and education”(Prov 1: 7).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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