The Lord and the Apostles take special care to point out to the church the serious significance of her present position, upon which the weighty considerations of her eternal welfare depend. They mark out the specially perilous times, and forewarn us what to expect in the way of persecution and fiery trials of faith and patience, and then minister to us beforehand all the words of counsel, warning, encouragement, hope and promise that are necessary to enable us to war a good warfare and lay hold upon eternal life.
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In the Book of Proverbs, two women are very noticeable. (Similarly, the Song of Solomon features two especially prominent women.) In Proverbs, one is the true woman, leading to life, and the other is the false woman, leading to extinction. The false woman, who is worldly or Satanic wisdom—a very dangerous type of wisdom—shows her face only occasionally in different chapters.
The Book of Proverbs does two things: it shows (1) what wisdom is and (2) how to attain it. We are especially interested in the latter. True wisdom is reflected in the face of Jesus, “who … is made unto us wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:30).
A note of pathos permeates the Book of Proverbs. For those who do attain the true wisdom, there will be joy evermore.
The Book of Proverbs contains very deep thinking. It is difficult to teach that which is very deep. The proverbs are presented from the standpoint of experience, scholastic understanding, the study of fallen human nature, etc.