12.040.07 Proverbs (s01e07) 720p.mp4 from GNPI Mbale
In our previous lessons, we have covered in the first nine chapters of Proverbs, the seven speeches of the father to his son and Wisdom’s two speeches. We discovered in chapter nine the dilemma that the houses and invitations of Wisdom and Folly are similar. How can we differentiate the two? The answer begins to take shape as we turn our attention to the second section or literary unit of Proverbs that begins in chapter 10:1 and continues all the way to 22:16.
This second unit changes in literary technique from a speech format of the first 9 chapters to the more traditional form of dispensing wisdom – the short, pithy, sometimes humorous wisdom teaching commonly called a proverb. This format fills the majority of the book – hence the name – Proverbs.
Chapter 10 begins with a superscription in the original Hebrew, marking a new section and giving our English translations a title for unit two of Proverbs. It simply says, “The Proverbs of Solomon.” This title attributes the proverbs from chapters 10:1 to 22:11 to King Solomon the patron of proverbial wisdom in Israelite history.
This second literary unit consists of 373 brief, wise observations on life. They make their point in mostly two-line proverbs. The two lines of a proverb are intended to balance, complete, and reflect on one another.