Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ The Book of Proverbs
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Thursday’s Bible reading for Week 36 is Proverbs 22. The third section of Proverbs, “Proverbs of Solomon,” ends at verse 16. The fourth section, “Words of Wise Men,” begins at 22:17. Since I did this for Psalms yesterday, let me give you the divisions of Proverbs. These sections and titles are from Derek Kidner.1
|The Book of Proverbs|
|1:1–7||Title, Introduction and Motto|
|1:8–9:18||A Father’s Praise of Wisdom|
|10:1–22:16||Proverbs of Solomon|
|22:17–24:22||Words of Wise Men
|24:23–34||Further Words of Wise Men|
|25:1–29:27||Further Proverbs of Solomon (Hezekiah’s Collection)
|30:1–33||Words of Agur|
|31:1–9||Words of King Lemuel|
||An Alphabet of Wifely Excellence
I looked at three other sources and while, as you may think, different titles are given, these divisions are fairly standard. I’ve used A. F. Walls previously and his are the same. D. A. Hubbard groups 1:1–9:18 into one section, and Gleason Archer divides the first nine chapters into two sections, but at 1:1–6 and 1:7–9:18.3, 4
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1Derek Kidner, Proverbs, p. 57.
2A. F. Walls, “Proverbs,” The New Bible Commentary: Revised, D. Guthrie, J. A. Motyer, eds., A. M. Stibbs, D. J. Wiseman, contributing eds., p. 550.
3D. A. Hubbard, “Proverbs, Book of,” The New Bible Dictionary, J. D. Douglas, organizing ed., F. F. Bruce, J. I. Packer, R. V. G. Tasker, D. J. Wiseman, consulting eds., pp. 1049–1050, 1050.
4Gleason Archer, “The Books of Wisdom: Job and Proverbs,” A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, pp. 466–467.
Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter