O! church family,
The Bible is a large and difficult omnibus of literary styles. Some of it is meant to be read like history or story, some like poetry, and some like proverbs, particularly the book of Proverbs, which comes just after the Psalms.
Proverbs is a book with a quiver full of Verse Arrows for life. It is addressed, as the book tells us, at young men who are beginning on the road to life and must choose the path of Wisdom over being sidetracked by the seduction of Folly.
It should be read that way, but also with an eye toward good advice and principles. Good advice can save your life, but it is not always applicable. A principle, though, is almost always applicable.
This past week, as I preached about memorizing Bible verses, it was hard to imagine not including the book of Proverbs as a source of wisdom.
But I would not recommend sitting down to read whole long passages. I would read one or two chapters slowly and attentively, letting each verse be a stand-alone and part of the whole.
You probably shouldn’t read much else that way in the Bible. Whole passages make for whole understanding. But in the book of Proverbs, they are proverbs for the most part.
“The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for want of wisdom.” Proverbs 10:21