OT Lesson 31: Happy Is the Man That Findeth Wisdom

The Wisdom Literature

The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes provide an intriguing variation in our Old Testament study. Not the grand hymnal praises of the preceding Psalms, not the general prose of the Books of Moses, not the historical tomes of the Chronicles, not the highly structured poetry of Isaiah, they offer snippets of thought in the form of a collection that might almost be a Book of Famous Quotations.

"The Hebrew word rendered proverb is mashal, a similitude or parable, but the book contains many maxims and sayings not properly so called, and also connected poems of considerable length. There is much in it that does not rise above the plane of worldly wisdom, but . . . The least spiritual of the Proverbs are valuable . . . reminding us that the voice of Divine Inspiration does not disdain to utter homely truths." (Bible Dictionary)

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