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Bible Study Questions on

the Book of Proverbs

by David E. Pratte

A workbook suitable for Bible classes,

family studies, or personal Bible study

For study questions on other books of the Bible, see our web site at


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Bible Study Questions on the Book of Proverbs


This workbook was designed for Bible class study, family study, or personal study. The questions contain minimal human commentary, but instead urge the student to study to understand Scripture. The material is copyrighted, but each student has permission to print copies of the material for his/her personal or family study. I suggest that each student print a copy of these questions and place them in a notebook. In addition, teachers are permitted to make copies for students they teach in a class or home Bible study setting. See copyright notes at the end of this material for further information.

Questions labeled "think" are intended to encourage students to apply what they have learned.

I also strongly urge teachers to use other Scriptures, questions, applications, and comments to promote productive in-class discussion. Please, do not let the class period consist primarily of the following: "Joe, will you answer number 1?” “Sue, what about number 2?" Etc. Instead, let the questions be assigned as homework so students come to class prepared. Then let class time consist of discussion that focuses on the Scriptures themselves, not just reading the questions to see whether they were answered “correctly.” I also urge the class to emphasize the Bible teaching. Please, do not become bogged down over "What did the author mean by question #5?" My meaning is relatively unimportant. The issue is what the Bible says. Concentrate on the meaning and applications of Scripture. If a question helps promote Bible understanding, stay with it. If it becomes unproductive, move on.

(Note: My abbreviation "b/c/v" means "book, chapter, and verse.") Finally, I encourage plain applications of the principles studied. God's word is written so souls may please God and have eternal life. Please study it with the respect and devotion it de serves!

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© David E. Pratte, July 25, 2016 For free study questions on other books of the Bible, see our site at www.gospelway.com/classbooks For free study notes and comments on various Bible books, go to www.gospelway.com/commentary For a complete list of printed materials available and prices, go to www.lighttomypath.net/sales

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2. Define “proverb.”

3. What men wrote various of the Proverbs? Give proof.

4. Special Assignment: List some of the main events in the life of Solomon. Give book, chapter, & verse (b/c/v) for your statements.

5. Explain why this book was written (1:2).

6. Define “wisdom,” “instruction,” and “understanding.”

7. What other purposes are accomplished by the Proverbs (1:3-6)?

8. What is the source of true wisdom – 1:7? What lessons can we learn?

9. What are some methods that evil people use to entice others to participate with them in sin – 1:10-16?

10. What advice does Solomon give to help his son avoid temptation to evil?

11. What consequences come to those who are greedy of gain – 1:17-19?

12. Application: What lessons should we learn from Solomon’s advice to his son in 1:10

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14. In what places does Wisdom call to people – 1:20,21? (Think: What lessons can we learn?)

15. What question does Wisdom ask in 1:22? How does the verse describe those who do not accept wisdom? (Think: In what sense do such people hate knowledge?)

16. What does Wisdom call on the people to do, and what promise does she make to them – verse 23?

17. How had people reacted to Wisdom’s call – 1:24,25?

18. Define reproof and counsel.

19. What problems does Wisdom say would come upon the people, and how would she react – verses 26,27?

20. What will people do when terror comes upon them, and what problems will they have – verses 28-31? Why would these problems occur?

21. Application: What lessons should we learn from the warnings in these verses? Give examples.

22. What warning does Wisdom give and what promise does she make in 1:32,33?

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2. How does Solomon describe the desire we should have for wisdom in 2:3? What does this show about our personal human wisdom compared to wisdom we obtain from another source?

3. If one has the proper appreciation for wisdom, how diligently will he work to obtain it according to 2:4? Give examples to illustrate how people search for treasure and material wealth.

4. Application: What lessons should we learn about what we should do to obtain wisdom?

What are some specific things we should do to obtain wisdom?

5. If we search for wisdom in the proper way, what promise does God make in 2:5?

6. List other passages showing that God’s word can be understood if we study it properly.

7. What is the proper source of wisdom – 2:6? What does God promise to do for those who will seek wisdom from Him – 2:7,8?

8. What will result from a diligent search for wisdom according to 2:9-11?

9. Is the Bible to blame for the fact that people do not understand it? Explain.

10. Case Study: A friend says, “I tried to study the Bible once, but I decided I just couldn’t understand it, so I quit trying.” What conclusions can we reach from the context about why some people do not understand the Bible?

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12. List several characteristics from these verses of the person who travels the way of evil.

13. Application: How does modern society – especially modern entertainment – often view the kind of person described in these verses? How does this differ from the way that wisdom views them?

14. In particular, from what kind of woman does wisdom deliver us in 2:16? Where else is such a woman described in the book of Proverbs?

15. What kind of speech is she guilty of? Why would such a woman speak this way?

16. How is she described in verse 17? Explain.

17. What are the consequences of following her according to verses 18,19?

18. Application: What lessons should young men and young women learn from the description of this woman?

19. Rather than walking in the paths of evil, what can wisdom lead us to do – 2:20?

20. Why is it important to walk in this path rather than the path of evil – verses 21,22?

21. Case Study: Suppose a person is serving God but is concerned about whether or not he is good enough to receive eternal life. Explain how this discussion of wisdom can help him.

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2. What qualities should we cling to according to 3:3? How firmly should we hold them? Explain. What benefits would they give us – verses 3,4?

3. From where does proper guidance come, and from where does it not come – verses 5,6?

4. Application: Give examples that demonstrate how people often trust in their own understanding rather than in the Lord.

5. What leads people to trust their own wisdom instead of that of God? What is the benefit of fearing God – verses 7,8?

6. What should we do with our possessions? Explain how we do this. What benefits will we receive – 3:9,10?

7. How should we view chastisement from the Lord? Where is this quoted in the New Testament? How does the passage illustrate God’s chastisement of us – verses 11,12?

8. Application: Discuss some ways God may chastise his people. What are some ways people sometimes demonstrate that they do not appreciate this chastisement?

9. What man is truly happy – verses 13-15? How valuable are these qualities?

10. Wisdom and understanding lead to what blessings – verses 16-18? Explain how this may happen.

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12. When people truly value wisdom and discretion, what will they do with them – 3:21? Ex plain why.

13. What benefits will wisdom and discretion give us – verses 22,23? Why is this important?

14. How will wisdom affect our fears – 3:24-26? What is the source of this confidence? What should we learn?

15. What good should we practice, and how do people sometimes try to avoid helping others – verses 27,28?

16. Application: What two conditions are given for helping others? Give examples of situations that meet the conditions and examples of situations that do not.

17. How should we treat a neighbor according to 3:29? How does this differ from the world’s conduct?

18. What conduct is forbidden in verse 30? What condition is given? (Think: What might we do if this condition is not met?)

19. Whom should we not envy according to 3:31-33? What reasons are given?

20. How does God treat those who are scornful – 3:34,35? To whom does He give grace?

21. List other similar passages about how God treats the humble.

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2. What had his parents taught him – 4:3,4?

3. Application: What are some lessons parents should learn from these instructions? What should children learn?

4. How important is it to obtain wisdom and understanding – verses 5-7? Why?

5. When we have wisdom, what should we do about it?

6. What will wisdom do for us when we have it – verses 8,9?

7. What are the advantages of following in the way of wisdom – 4:10-12?

8. What should we do with instruction when we have it – verse 13? Why is this important?

9. What should we do when we see the way wicked people walk – 4:14,15?

10. How does this differ from the way most people treat evil?

11. Case study: A friend says, “Sure I read ‘Playboy Magazine’ and watch X-rated movies. I figure it doesn’t hurt to think about those kinds of things as long as I don’t do anything immoral.” How do the principles taught in Proverbs apply to such thinking?

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13. What is the diet of those who walk in evil – 4:17? What lessons should we learn?

14. In contrast to the path of evil, what path is described in verse 18? How is it described? In what sense is this true?

15. How does the path of the wicked contrast to the path of the just – 4:19? What effect does darkness have in their lives?

16. How many paths has Solomon described for people to choose from? Why only this num ber? Where else are similar points made in Scripture?

17. Once again, what does Solomon urge his son to do in verses 20-22? Why?

18. Why is the condition of the heart important – 4:23? Explain the point.

19. Where else is the point of verse 23 taught in Scripture?

20. Application: How does verse 23 explain the evil that people often commit? What application should we make for our own lives?

21. What does Solomon teach about our speech in 4:24? What applications need to be made to modern society?

22. What must we do, according to verses 25-27, in order to make sure that we remain on the proper path in life? Explain the point.

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2. What advice does Solomon give to his son as he begins the discussion? What benefit will this be to him – 5:1,2?

3. What danger does Solomon warn his son about beginning in 5:3? Explain the significance of the oil and the honey.

4. In contrast to verse 3, what is the end result of the immoral woman – verse 4? Explain the significance of the wormwood.

5. Where do her feet lead – verse 5? Explain the point.

6. What characterizes the path that she walks – 5:6? What should a man learn from this?

7. What solution does Solomon give his son to deal with this problem – verses 7,8?

8 List and explain 3 passages elsewhere that show the importance of avoiding fornication.

9. Application: Explain how the principles of this context should be applied and how these principles would help in dealing with the problem.

10. What consequences would follow to one who does not avoid this evil – 5:9?

11. What happens to the wealth and the work of one who pursues an immoral woman – verse 10? Give examples to illustrate.

12. What is the end result of disregarding this teaching – verse 11?

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14. Explain the significance in 5:14 of the reference to the midst of the assembly and congregation. Does the fact that a person is participating in spiritual activities and giving the appearance of uprightness guarantee protection against sexual immorality? Explain.

15. Explain the illustration used in verse 15. How does this apply to the discussion about sexual immorality?

16. How do verses 16 and 17 contrast to verse 15? Again, explain the illustration.

17. What practice will help a man avoid immorality – 5:18?

18. How does Solomon describe the beauty of marital love as compared to immorality in verses 19,20?

19. List other passages that show the propriety of the sexual relationship in marriage in contrast to outside marriage.

20. Special assignment: According to the context, should a couple reserve only the ultimate union for marriage, or is there more that should also be reserved for marriage? Explain the significance to immoral conduct.

21. What reason is given in 5:21 for practicing moral uprightness?

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