Eat This Book: Episode #22


“Solomon Says”

HOST: Michael Whitworth


The word proverb comes from a combination of two Latin words that mean “instead of words” or “instead of many words.” Therefore, a proverb is a short and concise statement given instead of “many” words. The Hebrew idea of a proverb simply meant comparison. Practically all ancient eastern cultures wrote proverbs and the Jews were no exception.


King Solomon wrote most of the proverbs of this book (cf. 1:1; 10:1; 25:1) for he was the author of over 3000 proverbs in his lifetime (1 Kings 4:32). The men of Hezekiah copied the material from Prov. 25-29 (cf. 25:1) while chapters 30-31 were written by King Lemuel whom we know nothing about. Some speculate that this is another title for Solomon but we cannot know for sure.

Keys to Reading

  1. Proverbs are not legal guarantees from God.
  2. In Hebrew poetry, the 2nd line often sharpens/intensifies the first.
  3. Unpack the imagery of a proverb (e.g. 10:26; 11:22).
  4. Is there a circumstance when this proverb wouldn’t be true?
  5. Any stories from Scripture that illustrate this proverb?
  6. Are there ancient customs that need translating?
  7. Tag proverbs in your Bible by topic ($ sign for money, briefcase for work, etc.)
  8. What does the NT say?
  9. How does Christ fulfill this proverb?

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Michael Whitworth is the founder of Start2Finish and author of several books, including the award-winning "The Epic of God" and "The Derision of Heaven." In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his awesome family and furry golden retriever.

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