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Introduction

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I. COLLECTION 1: DISCOURSES ON WISDOM chs. 19

A. Introduction to the Book 1:1-7

1. The title of the book 1:1

2. The purposes of the book 1:2-6

3. The thesis of the book 1:7

B. Instruction for Young People 1:88:36

1. Warning against consorting with sinners 1:8-19

2. Wisdom's appeal 1:20-33

3. Wisdom as a treasure ch. 2

The difficulty of obtaining wisdom 2:1-5

The giver of wisdom 2:6-9

The fruit of moral integrity 2:10-22

4. Divine promises and human obligations 3:1-12

The fruit of peace 3:1-10

The importance of continuing to seek wisdom 3:11-12

5. The value of wisdom 3:13-35

6. Teaching the love of wisdom 4:1-9

7. The two paths 4:10-19

8. The importance of persistence 4:20-27

9. Warnings against unfaithfulness in marriage ch. 5

The danger of seduction 5:1-6

The price of unfaithfulness 5:7-14

The importance of fidelity 5:15-23

10. Other dangerous temptations 6:1-19

11. The guilt of adultery 6:20-35

12. The lure of adultery ch. 7

13. The function of wisdom ch. 8

Wisdom as guide 8:1-5

Wisdom and morality 8:6-13

Wisdom and success 8:14-21

Wisdom and creation 8:22-31

The appeal to gain wisdom 8:32-36

C. Wisdom and folly contrasted ch. 9

1. Wisdom's feast 9:1-6

2. The open or closed mind 9:7-12

3. Folly's feast 9:13-18

II. COLLECTION 2: SOLOMON'S COUPLETS EXPRESSING WISDOM 10:122:16

A. Marks of Wise Living chs. 1015

1. Things that produce profit 10:1-14

2. Things of true value 10:15-32

3. Wise living in various contexts 11:1-15

4. Wise investments 11:16-31

5. The value of righteousness 12:1-12

6. Avoiding trouble 12:13-28

7. Fruits of wise living ch. 13

8. Further advice for wise living chs. 1415

B. How to Please God 16:122:16

1. Trusting God ch. 16

2. Peacemakers and troublemakers ch. 17

3. Friendship and folly ch. 18

4. Further advice for pleasing God 19:122:16

III. COLLECTION 3: THIRTY SAYINGS OF THE WISE 22:1724:22

A. Introduction to the 30 Sayings 22:17-21

B. The 30 Sayings 22:2224:22

IV. COLLECTION 4: SIX MORE SAYINGS OF THE WISE 24:23-34

V. COLLECTION 5: SOLOMON'S MAXIMS EXPRESSING WISDOM chs. 2529

A. Introduction of the Later Solomonic Collection 25:1

B. Instructive Analogies 25:227:22

1. Wise and foolish conduct 25:2-28

2. Fools and folly ch. 26

3. Virtues and vices 27:1-22

C. A Discourse on Prudence 27:23-27

D. Instructive Contrasts chs. 2829

VI. COLLECTION 6: THE WISDOM OF AGUR ch. 30

A. The introduction of Agur 30:1

B. Wisdom about God 30:2-9

C. Wisdom about life 30:10-33

VII. COLLECTION 7: THE WISDOM OF LEMUEL ch. 31

A. The introduction of Lemuel 31:1

B. The wise king 31:2-9

C. The wise woman 31:10-31

Conclusion

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