1. What are some things that cause people to be fearful?
What are things that cause us to be in awe and reverence?
What is the difference between being scared of something (filled with fear) and being in awe and amazement (filled with fear)?
2. Read Proverbs 1:1—19. Wisdom’s motto in Proverbs is “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” How does this motto function as the foundational principle of Proverbs?
What does it mean to walk in the “fear of the LORD”?
3. What is the opposite of fearing the Lord?
How does this kind of lifestyle function as a dramatic contrast to the life of wisdom?
How has the allurement of the “easy life” led many to fall into self-destructive crime?
4. What is the purpose of the book of Proverbs, according to verse 5?
5. What benefits can we derive from studying wisdom in the book of Proverbs, according to verses 2—4 and 6?
What can we do to attain this goal?
6. The fifth commandment says, “Honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12). This command is very similar to verses 8—9. How far should we take the command to honor our parents?
7. In verses 10—14, What is the “bait” dangled before those who are enticed to go with the wrong crowd?
Should we obey our parents if they call us to do something that opposes what God teaches in Scripture? Explain your answer.
8. How is falling into peer pressure similar to the image of trapped birds in verses 17—19?
Discuss the modern problem of gangs in the cities and what the Bible would counsel us to do about this problem.
9. Read Proverbs 1:20—33. At the heart of wisdom’s appeal in these verses is the pronouncement of judgment on those who do not listen to her. What are some of the possible consequences for those who ignore the counsel of wisdom in the following areas of life?
— Business and the market place
— Government and community leadership
— Our lives and homes
— Our churches