GOT KIDS? More Interpreting Proverbs Hints
Another rule of interpretation is that Proverbs must be read in the context of all of Scripture and we are not to use a limited view. For example when a Proverb indicates that following a certain path might lead to a form of prosperity, to fully understand that path I need to heed warnings in other part of Scripture to materialism and worldliness.
Proverbs is also part of the genre of Scripture that is written mostly in a poetic format. We need to be careful to consider that the statement is worded in the Hebrew to be more memorable than to express something complete and accurate. Hebrew poetry is usually not written in rhyme but has expressions with rhythm and repetition for easy memorization. An example is Proverbs 6:10 which in English states, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest” in Hebrew (transliterate form) states, “Me-hat shaw-naw, me-hat ten-o-maw, me-hat khib-book, yawd shaw-kab.” Do you catch the rhythm?