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Proverbs 1:1 (Mini Sermon)

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1. Pro 1:1 - "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;"
A. Solomon is identified as the author of the book of Proverbs.
B. Proverb n. - 1. a. A short pithy saying in common and recognized use; a concise sentence, often metaphorical or alliterative in form, which is held to express some truth ascertained by experience or observation and familiar to all; an adage, a wise saw.
C. In that a proverb is a short wise saying, the author of it must therefore be wise.
D. There was no man more qualified to write Proverbs than Solomon.
i. He asked for an understanding heart rather than long life, riches, or the lives of his enemies (1Ki 3:9-11).
ii. Because of that, God gave him a wise and understanding heart that had never, nor would ever, be equaled (1Ki 3:12; 1Ki 4:29-31).
iii. There was only one man who was wiser than Solomon: the Lord Jesus Christ (Luk 11:31).
E. Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs (1Ki 4:32).
F. Considering that there are 915 verses in the book of Proverbs, and the actual proverbs begin in chapter 10 (Pro 10:1), Solomon spoke well over three times as many proverbs as are recorded in the book of Proverbs.