The book of Proverbs has been understood and misunderstood in countless different ways. In God’s Wisdom in Proverbs, Dan Phillips explores this “kaleidoscopic microcosm of the wisdom of God.” Phillips takes special care to convey the distinctive style and rhetorical effect of the original Hebrew. God’s Wisdom in Proverbs provides an excellent introduction and selective exposition of this much misunderstood book. For the seasoned expositor, student, or layperson, Phillips work will challenge, encourage, and instruct in wise living as revealed in Proverbs.
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“If I am upset by the good fortunes of those without a relationship with God, I betray a lack of perspective. God does not have His rightful place in my hierarchy of the universe.” (Page 96)
“Remember, Solomon asked for ‘an understanding mind’ in verse 9. The phrase translated ‘understanding mind’ is a לֵב שֹׁמֵע, a lēḇ šōmē‘a, which very literally means a listening heart, or a hearing heart. The meaning of this expression is a heart that hears with a mind to obey. It is what a mother means when she tells her children, ‘Listen to me!’” (Page 7)
“Instruction may produce knowledge, but discipline produces character.” (Page 42)
“One is not truly wise unless he knows the Lord personally.” (Page 39)
“Proverbs convey pithy points and principles, not precious particular promises37” (Page 20)
One of the great pleasures of life is puzzling through the book of Proverbs, and if you’re looking to navigate life with Solomonic skill, Dan Phillips is ready to show you the ropes. This book’s author is not too proud to learn from the Bible and he’s not too scared to think for himself. This is the first book I would recommend for those wanting to study Proverbs.
—James M. Hamilton Jr., associate professor of biblical theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Finding practical skill for living life is always a challenge. Dan Phillips has produced a highly readable, text driven, and practical exposition of the book of Proverbs. This work is technical enough for the scholar, yet clear and relevant for the layman. Phillips’ commentary will help anyone navigate the challenges of contemporary life by explaining God’s ancient book of wisdom.
—Michael Rydelink, professor of Jewish studies, Moody Bible Institute
The list of really useful literature on the book of Proverbs is rather short. God’s Wisdom in Proverbs is a welcome and needed addition to that list. Proverbs is a book rich with insight and instruction, motivation and exhortation. However, for too many Christians it’s a book of pithy sayings that make one either nod the head with feigned (but mystified) agreement or which are applied in ways that would have made even the wise Solomon scratch his head in bewilderment. Dan’s book goes a long way to help clear one's head of mystery and misapplication.
—Kevin D. Zuber, professor of theology, Moody Bible Institute