“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.”
This is a proverb. It is a wise saying that is designed to teach wisdom. A proverb is structured or worded in such a way as to cause the student to think about it. It is often worded in such colorful language that it paints a picture in the mind. This proverb paints the picture of a loving family being happy with a meager meal while a family where there is no love cannot be content with the even best of foods. It teaches that it is relationship that brings happiness, not worldly wealth.
The book of Proverbs, in the Bible, is full of wise sayings. The writing of the book is attributed to Solomon. He wrote and collected wisdom. Solomon is known as the wisest man in the Bible. God appeared to him in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted. Solomon said, “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” God was pleased with that request and gave Solomon a wise and discerning heart. Find the story in 1Kings chapter 3. There are thirty-one chapters in the book of Proverbs with teachings dealing with many subjects – all having to do with how to live life, such as family relationships, business dealings, conversation, contentment, envy, greed, love and wealth.
Why did Solomon give us these wisdom sayings? The first chapter of Proverbs tells us.
- Attaining wisdom and discipline
- Understanding words of insight
- Acquiring a disciplined and sensible life
- Giving good sense to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young
- And for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The Bible makes it clear that no one can become wise without God. In fact, it is a Proverb.
“The fear (awe-inspiring respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
The word ‘beginning’, in this instance, means ‘prerequisite’. Love of God is a requirement to attaining godly wisdom.
Test your godly wisdom. Take the Proverbs Quiz. Finish these six proverbs.
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