Proverbs Chapter-wise, we are now in the 2nd half of the Bible. For the Old Testament person, Proverbs was a practical guide for facing all the items on one's daily plate. They are usually associated with Solomon, which means they date from about 1,000 years before Christ, or from Hezekiah, which means about 800 years before Christ. The first nine chapters deal largely with Wisdom as does the final chapter 31. The other chapters contain the practical guidance we have grown to treasure through the years. As I read this book, I simply tried to pick out a favorite verse or two in each chapter. By jotting those down, it gave me a good overall picture when I finished—and a handy reference for remembering what I liked most within this book. We are told to avoid bad company (ch. 1 & 2) and how to get wisdom (ch. 3); parental advice (ch. 3) and the straight and narrow (ch. 4) occupy the next 2 chapters; we hear the story of the idler and the ant (ch. 6), about writing on our hearts (ch. 7), the Gifts of Wisdom (ch. 8) and some general maxims (ch. 9); once Solomon kicks into gear (ch. 10), we get advice which is good even for incoming modern-day administrations: there is safety in many advisors (ch. 11), and those who hate correction are “stupid” (ch. 12); we hear the old adage “spare the rod and spoil the child” (ch. 13), how Wisdom is quite a builder (ch. 14), how a mild answer can turn away wrath (ch. 15), how all has a purpose and how white/grey hair is a crown of honor (ch. 16); we hear advice regarding pardons (ch. 17) and how presents open doors (ch. 18); we learn how we are to curb our zeal (ch. 19), how love of sleep leads to knowledge of poverty (ch. 20), how haste makes waste (ch. 21), how the rich and poor rub shoulders (ch. 22), and some motivating words for a diet (ch. 23); we hear more words for an incoming ruler: for victory, have many counselors (ch. 24); we hear about taking the lower place at the table (ch. 25), more about snow (ch. 26), and how it's best to let others do any praising (ch. 27); we learn how we are not to waver (ch. 28) how we ARE to have a vision (ch. 29), and how we should desire neither poverty nor riches (ch. 30); finally, we hear a familiar funeral reading about the woman of character, and one last bit about snow (ch. 31).