Book of Proverbs
Late tradition attributed the entire Book of Proverbs to King Solomon. However, Solomon may have been the author of some of the proverbs, but it seems that most of them originated from other sources. As the meaning of the word “proverb” is “to be like”, the Book of Proverbs teaches moral, fundamental values about how to be wise and avoid the pitfall of the realities of life. They constitute wholesome advice about the way a person should live in order to attain a happy and satisfactory life.
The book is split roughly into three sections:
1. General wisdom
2. Insights from the royal court
3. Advice from parents to children on meditation with God.
The major themes found in the book of proverbs are those of wisdom and foolishness and how they are overlapping in many ways. Wisdom is built on the fear of God and God’s word. It is all about knowledge, understanding, obedience, discretion and instruction. And folly is everything that falls opposite that of wisdom. It is written to instruct the reader on how to live a wise and not a foolish life.
In this section we have presented the Bible Book of Proverbs in six different languages. You can easily navigate the 31 chapters of the book and cross reference to the other languages at the end of each chapter.
Reading the book in English will get you familiar with the words and phrases, and then rereading the same passages in a different language will give you an idea of how they are interpreted and translated elsewhere. It can also be a fun endeavour to try and learn passages from the Book of Proverbs in different languages, especially if you are already familiar with the English translation. Expand the mind by investigating other languages with the basis of these fascinating proverbs.