Proverbs by Shawn Tyler

  1. As a missionary for the past 30 years, I have had the opportunity to teach many Bible courses. The first time I taught a series on Proverbs was in 2003. As soon as I began to dig into the book preparing for course, I fell in love with it. What I have done for this series is to take my classroom notes and supplement each lesson with pictures, graphs, maps, and Scripture quotes.

    As we work our way through this series, I want to encourage you to use each lesson as an opportunity to ask questions and add to your own understanding by discussing the lesson with those watching this series with you. You will gain a lot more from this series if you actively seek to add to your knowledge by engaging those studying with you.

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  2. In this lesson, we shall narrow our focus from proverbial wisdom found in many cultures to the book of Proverbs found in the Bible’s Old Testament. Providing a background to this book will be essential in better understanding its place, importance, and message.

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  3. In the first two lessons, we covered the proverbial wisdom of non-literate societies in general and then looked more specifically at the history of development, purpose, structure, authorship, and dating of the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.

    In this lesson, let’s look more closely at Proverbs chapter one. I want us to examine the purpose statement and learn about the literary device of parental speeches used in chapters 1 to 9. Then we can read and study the father’s first speech in 1:8-19.

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  4. As we continue our study of the parental speeches found in chapters 1 to 9 of Proverbs, we now move to the second speech of the father. It is found in chapter 2:1-22. We will skip over Wisdom’s first speech found in chapter 1:20-33 and address it later together with her second speech located in chapter 8:1-36.

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  5. Welcome once again to our study on the book of Proverbs. We have been studying the literary technique of short speeches used by the father to his son in the first nine chapters of Proverbs. In our last lesson, we looked at the unique poetical structure of speech two and briefly covered some interesting points in the three sections of speech three.

    The goal for this lesson is to cover briefly speeches four through seven. We have no time to waste, so let’s get started.

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Proverbs by Shawn Tyler

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What are some of your favourite sayings growing up? “Cat got your tongue?” or “A penny saved, is a penny earned.” or have you ever got “your hand stuck in the cookie jar?” Recently I heard a proverb from South Sudan, “If you are not strong, do not kick…


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What are some of your favourite sayings growing up? “Cat got your tongue?” or “A penny saved, is a penny earned.” or have you ever got “your hand stuck in the cookie jar?” Recently I heard a proverb from South Sudan, “If you are not strong, do not kick the buttocks of an elephant.”

We use sayings, or proverbs, as a way of transmitting truths. Proverbs are short, well-written, statement that connects a common understanding or experience to a meaningful life principle or insight. These proverbs serves as a memory device to capture truths in short sentences that can be remembered and applied at the proper time.

Here in Mbale, Uganda we are working on a project to help give people a more in-depth understanding of the book of Proverbs. Our host, Shawn Tyler, for this series has lived as a missionary in East Africa for over 30 years and shares his insights into the book and brings the book into today’s context.

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