Proverbs: An Overview

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 134–135

Studying the Scriptures

Do six of the following twelve activities (A–L) as you study the book of Proverbs.

Activity A iconMake up a Title

  1. 1.

    Some people feel that Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10 are the theme of the book of Proverbs. Read these verses. Based on what you read, write a title for the book of Proverbs. (Note: The word fear, as used in these verses, means reverence or deep respect for God.)

  2. 2.

    From what you have experienced and learned, explain how what these two verses teach is true.

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Proverbs 3:5–6

  1. 1.

    Draw something that represents the meaning of Proverbs 3:5–6. For example, you could draw a diagram or a picture with a short, catchy phrase. Show your drawing to your family and see if they understand the meaning; then read the scripture and explain the meaning to them.

  2. 2.

    Who have you read about in the Old Testament who was an example of Proverbs 3:5–6? Explain why.

Activity C iconGive an Example

In Proverbs 3:11–12 the phrase “to chasten” means to punish for the purpose of correcting. Write a brief situation or story that shows the truth of this proverb.

Activity D iconMake a Chart

Make a chart like the one below and fill it in with information from Proverbs 6:16–19 and from your own thoughts and experiences about what the Lord “hates” (there should be seven characteristics listed in Proverbs).

Characteristics the Lord Hates

Why You Think He Hates Them

Activity E iconGive Advice to a Friend

Imagine you are helping someone who is struggling with why he or she should live the law of chastity. What verses in Proverbs 6:23–33 would you read to him or her? For each verse you choose, tell how you would explain what the verse teaches. For example, if you were to choose verse 32, you might ask “What understanding do you think a person who commits adultery lacks?”

Activity F iconTry It Out

Try living the principles taught in Proverbs 15:1, 18; 16:32 for two or more days, and write in your notebook about your experience.

Activity G iconWrite It in Your Own Words

Write Proverbs 27:12 in your own words. How might verse 12 apply to the counsel we get from the prophets in the booklet For the Strength of Youth (36550)?

Activity H iconWrite the Opposite

Rewrite Proverbs 30:11–14 so that the verses express ideas opposite from the ones found in the scriptures. So, instead of the verses speaking of an unrighteous generation, they will tell about a righteous generation of Latter-day Saints. What could you do to help bring about this righteous generation?

Activity I iconFor Great Women

Proverbs 31:10–31 gives a description of a godly woman. List what you think are the five most important qualities mentioned, and explain why each one you chose is important.

Activity J iconIf You’re So Wise …

Solomon is supposedly the author of most of the proverbs. Considering what you know about Solomon’s life, find a proverb you think could have saved him from the problems he had later in his life.

Activity K iconProverbs about Riches

Read the following proverbs and summarize what they say about riches: 11:4, 28; 13:7–8; 15:16; 19:17; 21:6, 17; 22:1–2, 4, 7, 9, 16, 22–23; 28:6, 8, 11, 20, 22, 27; 30:7–9.

Activity L iconProverbs about Work

Read the following proverbs and summarize what they say about work: 6:6–11; 10:4, 26; 12:24, 27; 13:4; 14:23; 19:15; 20:4, 13; 21:25–26; 24:30–34; 26:13–16; 28:19.