A Month of Proverbs

Old book bindings at the Merton College library.
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I’ve always had a hard time reading the Book of Proverbs.  Although there are some extended passages, much of the book consists of verse after verse of snippets of advice – good advice, but too much of it to take in all at once.   We have some short selections in our readings at Evening Prayer in some seasons of the year – but not enough to have a sense of the entire book.  So I’ve decided to ponder over Proverbs for a month.

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs and 31 days in October.  Each morning, I will post a short reflection  on a passage or a single proverb from the chapter for the day.  Solomon, or whoever compiled the book, hoped that:

“the wise by hearing them will advance in learning,
the intelligent will gain sound guidance,
that they may comprehend proverb and parable,
the words of the wise and their riddles.” (1:5-6)

May it be so!

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