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A GOOD MAN
Proverbs 11:23, 2:20
1. The book of Proverbs is a most interesting book. It
consists of 31 chapters thereby giving us a daily
devotional book with a chapter for every day of the month.
2. It is a book of pithy maxim's that are presented to us
in a variety of literary forms. There are several forms by
which its wisdom is communicated to us.
3. The primary form of communication in the book is through
"Sayings," which express wise insight about life. In the
Hebrew these are brief, usually have two lines with only 6
to 8 words. These sayings, as one said, simply, "tell it
like it is."
4. An example of such sayings is found in:
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but
he that refuseth reproof erreth.
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but
he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord;
and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
5. The book is also made up of "Antithetical Sayings" in
which contrast opposites appear. Mixed in with these are a
few "better-than" sayings.
6. An example of these antithetical sayings is found in:
Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great
treasure and trouble therewith.  Better is a dinner of
herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred
7. The book is also made up of "Comparative Proverbs,"
where two things are set beside one another for comparison.
These comparative proverbs are found in 25:1-
8. An example of these comparative proverbs is:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures
9. The book if also made up of "Long Wisdom Poems" which
scholars call "Instructions" or "Admonitions." These are
found in 22:17-24:22 and involve imperatives or
prohibitions usually followed ...
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