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Wisdom to Live By

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The book of Proverbs was written primarily by Solomon, son of David, in the early part of his reign as king of Israel. "In the proverbs of Solomon are outlined principles of holy living and high endeavor, principles that are heaven born and that lead to godliness, principles that should govern every act of life. It was the wide dissemination of these principles, and the recognition of God as the One to whom all praise and honor belong, that made Solomon's early reign a time of moral uplift as well as of material prosperity."-Prophets and Kings, pp. 33, 34.

The last two chapters of the book are attributed to "Agur" and "Lemuel." Some scholars have assumed that these two names refer to Solomon. Others have concluded that they were unknown compilers or authors.

We know from 1 Kings 4:32 that Solomon "uttered three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five" (RSV). His fame spread abroad; the wisdom with which he was endowed was the wonder of the whole world. "And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind" (1 Kings 10:24, RSV).

The purpose of these lessons on Proverbs is to demonstrate that only as we have a living fellowship with God can we maintain purity of heart and conduct. Knowing God through Christ as Savior and King affects every area of our lives. True religion is the power for moral and ethical purity. Proverbs is a book of practical religion designed to demonstrate the results of faith in action. It is a tool for the purpose of enabling believers to act wisely, to think about what they do and why they do it, and to be more sensible and sensitive citizens as a result of integrating learning and faith.

We will study the book of Proverbs topically rather than verse by verse because the issues and themes raised in the book are not in any apparent order, and some of them recur a number of times.

The major purpose of education is the redemption of the individual-to impart God's character to those who are willing, so that their thoughts, words, and deeds are truly representative of Him. The proverbs and these lessons were designed: (1) to provide a view of our need; (2) to lead us to the Source of wisdom, power, and salvation; and (3) to furnish a practical guide for every motor area of life. Hence the title—Proverbs, Wisdom to Live By.

Contents:  (no frames, all lessons may not be posted)

No. Study


Oct 7 First Things First  (KJV)


Oct 14 A Star to Guide the Humble  (KJV)


Oct 21 What I Am Versus What You Think I Am  (KJV)


Oct 28 An Ounce of Prevention  (KJV)


Nov 4 Your Choices Determine Your Destiny  (KJV)


Nov 11 Live Within Your Means  (KJV)


Nov 18 As the Needle to the Pole  (KJV)


Nov 25 Apples of Gold  (KJV)


Dec 2 "What Hath God Wrought!" (KJV)


Dec 9 Like Father, Like Son  (KJV)


Dec 16 A Friend for All Seasons  (KJV)


Dec 23 Drink From Your Own Spring  (KJV)


Dec 30 To Make a Disciple  (KJV)

Meet the Principal Contributor to This Guide

Virginia Davidson Virginia Davidson and her husband, Jim, live in Kennewick, Washington, where he is an environmental statistician at nearby Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Their two daughters, Carol and Becky, are students at Walla Walla College and Upper Columbia Academy, respectively.

Through the years, Virginia's main emphasis has been keeper of the home. Wanting to "be there" for her girls, she also provided child care for friends, later moving to custom sewing and alterations. After a six-month stint of graphic arts at a local print shop, she returned home to design and build stained-glass windows-a pursuit that continues to furnish her days with beauty and inspiration, challenge and opportunity. Beneath her signature, she inscribes each piece: SOLI DEO GLORIA.

Ernest H. J. Steed, Ph.D. Ernest H. J. Steed, Ph.D., rejoices in 40 years as an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and 55 years as a church worker.

With his wife, Roda, and family-Lincoln, Leonie, and Martin-he came to the General Conference in 1966 and over the next 22 years served as World Temperance director, executive director of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, and special assistant to the General Conference president.

Pastor Steed, in retirement at DeBary, Florida, launched a new company, which became a church in February 1998.

Giardina Sabbath School Study Helps

Jerry Giardina of Pecos, Texas, assisted by his wife, Cheryl, prepares a series of helps to accompany the Sabbath School lesson. He includes all related scripture and most EGW quotations. Jerry has chosen the "New King James Version" of the scriptures this quarter. It is used with permission.  The study helps are provided in three wordprocessing versions Wordperfect; Microsoft Word;  RTF for our MAC friends; and HTML (Web Pages).

Last updated on November 13, 2000

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