Proverbs 11

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Proverbs 11 (1994) (5″ x 7″)
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This chapter has such memorable sayings as “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without good sense” and “By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted.”

Proverbs 10

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“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence…Doing wrong is like sport to a fool, but wise conduct is a pleasure to a person of understanding.”

Proverbs 9

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“Wisdom has built her house..to those that are simple she says “Turn in here..lay aside immaturity and live.”  By contrast, “The foolish woman is loud…calling to those who pass by…But they do not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.”

Proverbs 8

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Wisdom was established before the foundation of the earth. She takes her stand at the crossroads and cries out to the people. She speaks only righteous words and hates arrogance and perverted speech. Her fruit is better than gold.

Proverbs 7

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In most of Proverbs, women are used as metaphors representing either wisdom or temptation. In Chapter 7 the specific perils of literal adultery is the subject.

Proverbs 6

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This chapter is a collage in itself with various teachings about not desiring the charms of an adulteress, the sudden and unpleasant fate of a villain who goes about devising evil, and the dangers of idleness.

Proverbs 4

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This chapter deals exclusively with a contrast between the way (or path) of the wise versus the way of the wicked. The former leads to a crown while the latter is like deep darkness.

Proverbs 3

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“The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.”  These words echo the last chapter of Job in which God zeroes in on the wonders of His creation–especially the strange creatures Leviathan and Behemoth, often pictured as an alligator and a rhinoceros, respectively.

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
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The Book of Proverbs lends itself to surrealistic illustration since (a) there is usually a wide variety of subjects covered side by side within each chapter and (b) the author utilizes vivid imagery in his metaphors and similes. See if you can pick out the various sources for the images above.