A little background information first from a classic Christian author. The book of Proverbs is a poem, the first nine chapters of which are a discourse on wisdom (personified). The major part of the book consists of the proverbs of Solomon, some of which chapters 25-29 — were collected and added later by King Hezekiah. Chapters 30 and 31, however, do not claim Solomon for their author.

This book was probably the last production of Solomon. At the end of his life, he had the promised wisdom from above, but also had experiences gained under very peculiar and varied circumstances. Solomon related his understandings in numerous concise and pithy sayings for the guidance and instruction of all who would live godly. 1 Kings 4:29-32 informs us of Solomon’s superior wisdom and his many proverbs and poems. Only some were deemed worthy by God to be preserved as a portion of the sacred scriptures.

However well or poorly Solomon followed his own teachings, it is conceded by all that those teachings were sound wisdom –as true today as when uttered. While Solomon's writings may not be ranked exactly with the inspired prophecies of the Scriptures, the fact that we are told that the Lord heard his prayer for wisdom(1 Kings 3:5-15), and granted the request, together with the fact that his writings were accepted as a part of the sacred canon in our Lord's day, and not objected to by New Testament writers, but on the contrary quoted from,(see Pro. 3:11 cited in Heb. 12:5,6; Pro. 3:34 cited in James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5) is sufficient guarantee to us that the wisdom of these Proverbs is of a kind that cometh from above.

Here are a few examples of wisdom from Proverbs:

“A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones”  17:22

“He that answers a matter before he hears it is a folly and shame unto him” 18:13

“he that passes by and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears” 26:17

Our Lord refers to the wisdom of Solomon (Matthew 12:42) so it would be a benefit to us to read through Proverbs.