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Proverbs 4:1-27

The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day is Proverbs 4:1-27.

Here are some questions to assist you in previewing this chapter.

1. In verses 3-9, Solomon describes the instruction he received from his father David. In your own words, what did David instruct Solomon to do? At what age did Solomon receive this instruction?

2. In 1 Kings 3:5-9, we read of Solomon asking the Lord for a wise and discerning mind. In light of your answer to question #1 above, what influence do you think David had on Solomon’s request? According to the Bible, what other factors influenced Solomon’s decision? See also 2 Chronicles 1:8-12.

3. In verses 14-19, Solomon contrasts the life of the righteous with the life of the wicked. List five or more ways you have witnessed this contrast in your own life or the lives of others around you.

4. Read Luke 11:11-12. What point is Jesus making here? What unspoken assumption does Jesus make to support His point? How is that assumption demonstrated through Proverbs 4? (hint: Proverbs 4:2a)

5. We’ve seen from earlier portions of Proverbs that Wisdom, when personified, is a reference to Jesus. How is faith and dependence upon Jesus demonstrated in Proverbs 4? What is the significance of verse 23?