Biblical Studies Old Testament Studies Proverbs Wisdom

Structure and Content of Proverbs

Structure and Content of Proverbs: Following the one-page, basic outline, the PDF contains a twenty-page detailed outline (a preliminary proposal) with summaries and notes suggesting literary / rhetorical features.

Basic outline with headings

  • Prologue: The purpose of proverbs (1.1-7)
    “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel” (1.1a)
  • Odes on the value of wisdom (1.8–9.18)
  • Collections of proverbs (10.1–29.27)
    1. Solomon I: Collection of Solomon’s proverbs (10.1–22.16)
      “The proverbs of Solomon …” (10.1a)
    2. The Sayings of the Wise (22.17–24.34)
      • Collection of thirty sayings (22.17–24.22)
        “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise” (22.17a)
      • Collection of four sayings (24.23-34)
        “These also are sayings of the wise.” (24.23a)
    3. Solomon II: Collection of Solomon’s proverbs at the time of Hezekiah (25.1–29.27)
      “These are also the proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.” (25.1)
  • Appendix: Additional collections of proverbs (30.1–31.31)
    1. The words of Agur (30.1-33)
      “The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle.” (30.1a)
    2. The words of Lemuel (31.1-9)
      “The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him.” (31.1)
    3. The excellent wife (31.10-31)
      “An excellent wife, who can find?” (31.10)

An exegetical study of individual proverbs in the original Hebrew will increase sensitivity to additional rhetorical devices, e.g., Hebrew word meanings, synonyms, assonance, etc. This will provide additional supports for or alterations to this preliminary outline.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
21 pp. 8.5 x 11″ .2 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2010-03-08: Updated Detailed Outline re: Prv 2
2009-08-05: New release

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Biblical Studies Old Testament Studies Proverbs Wisdom

Introduction to the Proverbs

The 11-page article, Introduction to the Proverbs, includes text and supporting charts that develop and support the following statements:

  • The Book of Proverbs belongs to that portion of the Old Testament we refer to as the Poetic Books or the Wisdom Books.
  • They were collected over a period of some 150 years from 900–750 B.C.: from the time of King Solomon to that of King Hezekiah.
  • They were originally used as instruction for those entering the service of the king, but are at home in all the corners of everyday life.
  • The proverbs themselves are short and concise statements in the place of many words—that they may be readily recalled when needed.
  • After almost 3000 years, they still serve as good advice for navigating the storms of life.


  • PDF includes two charts of individual proverbs contrasting the reality and consequences of learning and not learning:
    • “Learning vs. Not Learning: Present Reality” (Proverbs 1.7, 22; 3.11-12; 6.23; 9.7-8; 12.1, 15; 13.14; 14.8; 15.12, 32; 17.10; 18.2; 25.12; 27.5, 9)
    • “Learning vs. Not Learning: Future Consequences” (Proverbs 1.23, 24-27, 28-30, 31, 32; 2.5, 9, 10, 11; 3.2, 13-14; 4.8; 9.12; 10.17; 15.31; 29.1)
  • The PDF also includes a chart on “Levels of Thinking.”
    1. Recognize
    2. Memorize
    3. Understand
    4. Apply
    5. Analyze
    6. Synthesize
    7. Evaluate

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
11 pp. 8.5 x 11″ .18 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2009-08-11: New release

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