GOT KIDS? Interpreting Proverbs for Parents

Tomorrow in our class on the Book of Proverbs and parenting, we are going to go through a crash course on how to properly interpret the Book of Proverbs. As wisdom literature, it is written in a format that is unfamiliar to most of us. When it is properly understood, it is a very helpful resource. When it is misapplied, it can be a tool to feed selfish and short-sighted behavior.

bibleAccording to Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart in their book, “How To Read the Bible for All Its Worth,” (Zondervan, 2003) there are usually 3 ways we can end up abusing the Book of Proverbs.

  1. Reading it only in parts. There is an overall message to the book in accordance with the intention of the writers. Bits and pieces of the book, taken out of context, may seem profound and practical, but can be easily misapplied.
  2. The terms, categories, styles, and literary modes of the book can be easily misunderstood.
  3. We often fail to follow the line of argument in a discourse and can end up applying something incorrectly.

I would add one more way we abuse the book … we fail to apply 1 Corinthians 1:18-30 and not understand how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of wisdom.


I will in the next few days unwrap the rules I share in class tomorrow for working towards a proper understanding of interpreting the Book of Proverbs.


About drivingthegospel

I am a follower of Jesus Christ; a husband to Deb; a father to Brit and her husband Bill and to Travis and his wife Megan, a grandfather to Simon, Thadd, Nathanael, Eli, Isaac, Ezra, Asa, and Xavier. I am currently serving as the Coordinator of Spiritual Development at Lincoln Christian School in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as the head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach.

Posted on April 13, 2013, in Parenting, Proverbs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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