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  • Wisdom, Gender, and Strength in Proverbs

    Why isn’t Proverbs better known as the Bible’s book on “manliness”? I use quotation marks because the term almost seems archaic in our present culture, along with “manhood.” Perhaps the Church is too embarrassed to admit the Bible addresses that much attention to the topic. But another reason can be found in Proverbs itself. Solomon […]

  • Solomon’s Argument against Living by Plunder

    The first section of Proverbs (chapters 1-9) contains two lengthy descriptions of temptations that a young man should resist and avoid (1:10-19 and 7). The two temptations are recruitment into a robber gang and being enticed by an adulterous wife. I’ve argued before that these are the two perversions of the Dominion Mandate in Genesis […]

  • The Dramatic Structure of Proverbs

    The book of Proverbs appears as a largely random collection of aphorisms drawn from experience saturated in law. Despite its random arrangement, however, the book does have an over-arching structure that reinforces its main themes. One way to gather clues regarding the structure of a biblical book (or any book) is to look at the […]

  • The Dramatic Structure of Proverbs

    The book of Proverbs appears as a largely random collection of aphorisms drawn from experience saturated in law. Despite its random arrangement, however, the book does have an over-arching structure that reinforces its main themes. One way to gather clues regarding the structure of a biblical book (or any book) is to look at the […]

  • The Strange Woman

    Proverbs 7:6-23 is one of several passages early in the Proverbs in which Solomon warns his son about the wiles and dangers of the “strange woman.” It is certainly quite proper to take these as straightforward warnings against sexual sins, and these are certainly warnings that need to be impressed upon the teenagers or young […]

  • The Dramatic Structure of Proverbs

    The book of Proverbs appears as a largely random collection of aphorisms drawn from experience saturated in law. Despite its random arrangement, however, the book does have an over-arching structure that reinforces its main themes. One way to gather clues regarding the structure of a biblical book (or any book) is to look at the […]

  • Advice From a Sojourner, Part 3

    Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 We come now to Proverbs 30:5-6. The Sojourner (Agur) has already told us that he is “more stupid than any […]

  • Advice From a Sojourner, Part 2

    In our first essay in this series (Biblical Horizons , No. 4), we saw that Proverbs 30 opens with a puzzle, a cryptic sentence that challenges the reader to search out a matter in order to gain understanding. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to […]

  • An Antidote for Yuppie Postmillennialism

    1. The Blessed Hope “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:13 I was recently asked how I as a postmillennialist would preach on “The Blessed Hope.” This is often a sticky question, because postmillennialists believe that history has a long way […]