Proverbs 1:1-2 (ESV)

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction,

to understand words of insight,

The book of Proverbs begins with its title: the proverbs of Solomon. He was the last king to reign over all of Israel, and took the seat of his father David. Unlike other texts found in the ancient Near East, this book begins with no specific addressee and is directed toward Israel as a whole. The first declared goal of Proverbs is to know wisdom and instruction.The Hebrew word for “to know” means “to become aware of,” which can’t be achieved without putting wisdom into practice. Instruction involves correction. If we really want to become wise, we have to be teachable.We must be willing to submit ourselves to an authority or source higher than ourselves and make changes when we are wrong.We either respond to wisdom or we don’t, and if we don’t, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Will you be more teachable this year than you were last year?

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