Timothy is a Christian who enjoys creating visual art and writing. He has a B.S. in Psychology.
The Book of Proverbs – Origin
The Books of Proverbs is well known as the book of Wisdom for the ages, Solomon the third King of Israel is credited with being the author of most of the Book of Proverbs. The book of Proverbs was penned almost 3000 years ago.
The Book of Proverbs was written in order to help people make wise decisions when dealing with everyday practical concerns. The Book of Proverbs is filled with timeless advice for people of all ages on such topics as parenting, business, family life, humility, patience and various other topics. Here in this article are 20 verses from the book of Proverbs on having good morals and living a better life.
Proverbs 1:2a states the Book of Proverbs was written for the purpose of “gaining wisdom” and “offering instruction”. Solomon uses each of his proverbs to help us make the right moral decisions. Nothing escaped Solomon's attention. He offers moral advice on such topics as marriage, business, debt, discipline, child rearing and the list goes on. All of his advice is designed to help us choose to do the right thing no matter what comes our way..
Here are 10 keys verses from throughout The Book of Proverbs on having integrity in order succeed at living a good moral life.
1. Proverbs 1:5, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…” Part of having good morals is listening when people tell you things. Then using that advice to live a right life.
2. Proverbs 11:13, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”
3. Proverbs 10:9, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”
4. Proverbs 12:1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
5. Proverbs 4:23 – Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
6. Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
7. Proverbs 25:28 – Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.
8. Proverbs 4:23 – Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
9. Proverbs 31:9 – Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
10.Proverbs 10:9, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”
Moral Advice for Life
Proverbs 1:2b tells us the Book of Proverbs was also written in order to also help us have a better mental “understanding” of this thing called life. Solomon understood the importance of not only “listening'' to wise instruction but also having a good mental outlook in order to have a good moral outlook. His central theme which flows throughout the book, focus your mind on God your heart will follow.
The Book of Proverbs – Chapter 1:3-6
The next four verses of Proverbs continue the idea of using the Book of Proverbs as a model of “prudent behavior” throughout our lifetime. Why is Solomon so adamant about the reader of his proverbs following his advice. It is because when Solomon became king he was asked by God which he wanted more of – wealth or wisdom. Of course Solomon chose wisdom. In the end however he did not listen to his own advice and committed many affronts in the eyes of the Lord. He doesn't was us to make the same mistakes.
Here are 10 more verses from The Book of Proverbs of advice for a moral life.
1. Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.
2. Proverbs 3:5-8 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
3. Proverbs 19:11, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
4, Proverbs 23:31, Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly
5. Proverbs 15:20, A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
6. Proverbs 11:24, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”
7. Proverbs 28:27, “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”
8. Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
9. Proverbs 21:13, “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.”
10. Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
The Book of Proverbs – A Warning
Proverbs 1:7b, Closes out the first section of Proverbs with this warning, “fools despise wisdom and instruction,”. Solomon warns about the folly of not taking advice from someone who clearly has more experience than you. Someone who is more seasoned in life then you are or has a better moral outlook.
The good news is whether you're a Christian or not the Book of Proverbs has a lot of advice to help you get morally and mentally through this road trip we call life. You only have to do as Solomon says “listen” to the words as you read them, “learn” from from what you've read and then let what you've learned guide your actions.
© 2012 Timothy Whitt
Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on April 12, 2013:
You make a great point - even for a non-Christian the wisdom of Proverbs is no less valid, and can lead to a better life. A person can never have the best of life without Christ. But anybody will benefit by paying heed, for example, to the admonition in Prov 1 to not run with those who lie in wait to rob and kill people. I suppose the lesson is that we shouldn’t shy away from sharing those truths even with people who don’t yet believe.