Journey through the complete Book of Proverbs with insightful commentary and a special focus on the Land of Israel. Includes the full, original Hebrew text with clear English translation. Proverbs contains the collected wisdom of King Solomon, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. In I Kings 3, the Bible relates how this son of King David achieved such greatness. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever his heart desired. Young King Solomon asked only for the wisdom to guide God’s people in righteousness. So pleased was the Lord with Solomon’s request that He also granted him great wealth and success.
On the surface, the lessons of Proverbs seem very straightforward, but in his own introduction to the book, King Solomon promises great secrets lie behind his words. The metaphors in the text can be understood both literally and figuratively, and can be projected onto a number of different situations.
Throughout the text, wisdom is portrayed as a righteous woman, while temptation is personified by the harlot. King Solomon tells the reader that God founded creation itself on wisdom, making order out of the chaos. That wisdom has been understood to be God’s Torah, and following its precepts will earn the faithful His reward.