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Outlines – Book 20: Proverbs (20170904)

Proverbs Outlines

Disclaimer: These outlines are, to the best of my knowledge, original materials.  Where appropriate, acknowledgement is given for “inspiration”. Content is intended to be mostly devotional in nature, although doctrine may “slip in.” Long-term intent is to post at least one outline for every chapter of the Bible.

Keith Anthony, 04 September 2017.

Proverbs  1 Outlines

The Call of Wisdom

  1. An Obvious Call (Proverbs 1:21)
  2. There are Oblivious Rebels (Proverbs 1:22)
  3. There is an Obstinate Response (Proverbs 1:22)
  4. There is the Obstacle of Rejection (Proverbs 1:22)
  5. There is the Obedience Required (Proverbs 1:22)
  6. There should be Obiesance in Response (Proverbs 1:22)

Marks of a Fool

  1. Despises wisdom (Proverbs 1:7)
  2. Makes a mock at Sin (Proverbs 14:9)
  3. Meddles in other peoples business (Proverbs 20:3)
  4. Slanders people (Proverbs 10: 18)
  5. Imitates a dog eating vomit (Proverbs 26: 11)
  6. Has his eyes in the ends of the earth (Proverbs 17:24)
  7. Resists punishment for correction (Proverbs 17: 10)
  8. Trusts in his own heart (Proverbs 28:26)

The Place of Understanding

  1. It is Commanded (Proverbs 1:6, Proverbs 8:1)
  2. It Comes from God (Proverbs 2:6)
  3. It Comes after Knowledge (and before wisdom) (Proverbs 4:1, Proverbs 4:7, Proverbs 24:3)
  4. It is Coupled with Counsel (and before wisdom) (Proverbs 8:14)
  5. After Correction (and before wisdom) (Proverbs 10:13)
  6. Controls Behavior (and before wisdom) (Proverbs 11:12, Proverbs 14:29)
  7. Is Commended (and sought out) (Deuteronomy 01:13, 1 Chronicles
    12:32, Job 34:10, 12) (men of understanding)

Proverbs  2 Outlines

Choosing Wisdom

  1. Make it an Active Pursuit (Proverbs 2:1–4)
  2. Make it an Absolute Priority (Proverbs 2:5–10)
  3. It will give Adequate Protection (Proverbs 2:11–19)
  4. And provide an Alternate Path (Proverbs 2:19–22)

Seeking Wisdom

  1. Pursuing Wisdom (Proverbs 2:1)
  2. Applying Wisdom (Proverbs 2:2)
  3. The Promise of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:5)
  4. The Provenance of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:6)
  5. The Provision of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:7)
  6. The Preservation of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:8)
  7. The Path of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:9)

Two Paths

  1. The Following Words (Proverbs 2:1)
  2. Finding Wisdom (Proverbs 2:10)
  3. The Froward & Wicked (Proverbs 2:12)
  4. The Flattering Words (Proverbs 2:16)
  5. Those Who’ve Forsaken the Way (Proverbs 2:17)
  6. The Faithful Rewards (Proverbs 2:21)
  7. The Finish of the Wicked (Proverbs 2:22)

Proverbs 3 Outline

7 More Promises from Wisdom

Introduction: Wisdom not only delivers one from evil, but promises certain

  1. Longevity – – promise repeated in Proverbs 3:17 (Proverb 3:1)
  2. Prosperity – – promise repeated in Proverbs 3:17 (Proverb 3:1)
  3. Favour with God and Man (Proverb 3:3)
  4. Guidance (Proverb 3:5, 6)
  5. Health and Refreshment (Proverb 3:7, 8)
  6. Sustenance (Proverb 3:10)
  7. A Proper Response to Discipline (Proverb 3:11, 12)

Proverbs 4 Outlines

Instructions Concerning Wisdom

Introduction: Scripture has much to say concerning wisdom.

  1. Regard It (Proverbs 4:1)
  2. Retain It (Proverbs 4:4)
  3. Reach for It (Proverbs 4:5)
  4. Remember it as a Priority (Proverbs 4:5)
  5. Reject what is Not Wisdom (Proverbs 4:14-15)
  6. Realise what Wisdom Provides (Proverbs 4:21-22)
  7. Reflect upon the Wisdom of your Ways (Proverbs 4:26)

Desiring Wisdom

What should our attitude be concerning wisdom?

  1. Realize its Practical Benefits (Proverbs 4:1-27)
  2. Make it a Priority (Proverbs 4:7)
  3. Recognize the Principles of Wisdom (Proverbs 4:1)
  4. Expect it to Promote You (Proverbs 4:8, 9)
  5. Expect it to Preserve You (Proverbs 4:22)
  6. Should Be a Preoccupation (Proverbs 4:20-22)
  7. Revel in its Presence (Proverbs 4:8)
  8. Regard it as Precious (Proverbs 4:13)

What Wisdom Does!

  1. Covers the Issues of Life (Proverbs 4:22)
  2. Contains Instructions that Liberate (Proverbs 4:13)
  3. Condemns the Ignorant Losers (Proverbs 4:19)
  4. Contains Illuminating Light (Proverbs 4:18)
  5. Challenges Us to Incessant Learning (Proverbs 4:22)
  6. Corrects Ill-Conceived Lies (Proverbs 4:14-19)
  7. Counteracts Ill-focused Living (Proverbs 4:14-19)

Knowledge, Understanding & Wisdom, in Context

  1. A Father’s Care (Proverbs 4:1)
  2. A Faithful Choice (Proverbs 4:1-27)
  3. A Firm Consideration (Proverbs 4:1-27)
  4. A First Concern (Proverbs 4:7)
  5. A Final Crown (Proverbs 4:9)
  6. A Full Course (Proverbs 4:10)
  7. A Future Challenge (Proverbs 4:5, 6, 7, 8, 13)

Proverbs 5 Outlines

Regrets of a Sensual Son

Introduction: In Proverbs 5 we see what the sensual son regrets he did
not do. He wishes he had:

  1. Not Chased the Honeycomb! (Proverbs 5:3)
  2. Not Wasted His Health (Proverbs 5:11)
  3. Not Given Away his Honor (Proverbs 5:9)
  4. Hated Instruction (Proverbs 5:12)
  5. Heeded Correction (Proverbs 5:12)
  6. Harkened Unto Teachers (Proverbs 5:13)
  7. Heard His Instructors (Proverbs 5:13)

See the Seductress

Introduction: Proverbs 5 is entirely devoted to the subject of sexual and
marital purity. The chapter contains 4 verses with 13 words, with 4 being
the number for creation (all 4 directions on a compass) and 13 the number of
rebellion. The number 5, the chapter address, is also the number of death,
suggesting the serious of the issue. Verses 3-5 even have a 5-fold description of
the the strange woman:

  1. She has lips of honey (Proverbs 5:3)
  2. She has a mouth smooth as oil (Proverbs 5:3)
  3. Her end is as bitter wormwood (Proverbs 5:4)
  4. Her feet walk the road to ruin (Proverbs 5:5)
  5. Her steps (direction) are to death (Proverbs 5:5)

Conclusion: Chapter 5, though, also contains God’s wonderful solution to the
problem of mankind’s promiscuity. This suggests that the problem discussed
in the chapter is a very common and natural (to a natural lost man and lost
culture) thing. Adultery assuredly is a common problem even among Christian
marriages. Pre-marital relationships are trap which often keeps one for life.
Proverbs 5 does not deal with the issue delicately: it deals with the issue directly. There are sexual urges and appetites that exist and which must be controlled
and directly the correct way. Otherwise, it will be misery and ruin.

Stay Pure and Enjoy it

Introduction: Proverbs 5 is entirely devoted to the subject of sexual and
marital Proverbs 5 contains essential wisdom on pre-marital and extra-marital
sexual relations:

  1. The Father’s Appeal (Proverbs 5:1, 7) There are two separate appeals in
    the proverb, in verses 1 and 7. Some divide the chapter into three sections:
    verses 1-6, verses 7-14, and verses 15-23. The first two contain the father’s
    emotional appeal.
  2. A Fleshly Appetite The appetite for sexual relations is built into mankind.
    It exists. It is natural. It is even wholesome when directed according to
    God’s will. As with all things, though, Satan provides counterfeit and
    convenient ways to get side-tracked.
  3. A Fatal Attraction (Proverbs 5:3-5) Consider the death spiral of verses
  4. A Foolish Absurdity – It is foolish and absurd to think that marital
    infidelity can be done is secret or with impunity. (Proverbs 5:21) reminds
    that the “eyes of the Lord” are watching, and seemingly watching especially
  5. Faithful Attention The challenge is given to the son to stay faithful to
    only the one God has provided, and to garner immense satisfaction from
    the relationship. The challenge is given to want, to be ravished by, what
    you already have, and not to want something else.
  6. A Fruitful Arrangement (Proverbs 5:15-19) In verses 15 and 16, the
    author uses the metaphor of a flowing waters (cisterns, wells, foundations,
    rivers). In verse 17, attention is brought to the unique privilege of marriage.
    In verses 18 and 19, a request is made to bless the wife in the context of
    marital relations.
  7. Final Accountability (Proverbs 5:21) The passage, finally, and teach-
    ers of it should also, reminds us that God will hold all accountable for
    behavior, including sexual behavior. In the temporal experience, even
    modern medicine, psychology, and sociology confirm that promiscuity is

Proverbs 6 Outline

Some Things Not to Do

  1. Don’t Become Liable (Proverbs 6:1-3) – and when you do, get out of
    that liability
  2. Don’t Became Lazy (Proverbs 6:19)
  3. Don’t Lie (Proverbs 6:12, 19)
  4. Don’t get an Evil Longing (Proverbs 6:14)
  5. Don’t Get a Proud Look (Proverbs 6:17)
  6. Don’t Yield to Lust (Proverbs 6:25)
  7. Don’t Lack Understanding (Proverbs 6:32)

Proverbs 7 Outline

Practical Wisdom from Proverbs

  1. Portrayed as a Desirable Woman
  2. Propagated by a Disciplined Way
  3. Promoted by Dutiful Warnings
  4. Pictured as a Devoted Wife (Proverbs 31)
  5. Proclaimed and Displayed Worldwide
  6. Present in the Daily World
  7. Provided to Devoted Wayfarers (Pilgrims)
  8. Points to the the Darling Word (the Living Word)

Proverbs 8 Outlines

Wisdom is There

  1. There at the Beginning (Proverbs 8)
  2. There for a Blessing (Proverbs 8)
  3. There as a Barrier (Proverbs 8)
  4. There as a Banner (Proverbs 8)
  5. There to Behold (Proverbs 8)
  6. There in Boldness (Proverbs 8)
  7. There to Abide (Proverbs 8)

What Wisdom Does

  1. It Cries (Proverbs 8:1)
  2. It Calls (Proverbs 8:4)
  3. It Cares for those who seek it (Proverbs 8:11)
  4. It Provides Counsel (Proverbs 8:14)
  5. It Offers Communion (Proverbs 8:17)
  6. It Causes Success (Proverbs 8:21)
  7. It Condemns (Proverbs 8:36)

More About Wisdom

  1. The Message of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:5) – Is an appeal for mankind to
  2. The Majesty of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:6) – Speaks of excellent things and
    of right things.
  3. The Manner of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:6) – Wisdom responds to those that
    seek her. It rewards those that follow. It enriches. It rightens those who
  4. The Mouth of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:7, 8) – Speaks truth and only truth.
    It is dependable. It is distinct. It is definite.
  5. The Mastery of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:22-31) – Wisdom was there during
    the acts of creation. Verse 31 tells us that it rejoiced at creation.
  6. The Manna of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:30) – Wisdom should be and is like
    manna to one who follows it. It is a delight. It is his diet. It is his
  7. The Man of Wisdom (Proverbs 8:34) – Seeks, follows, obeys, and contin-
    ues in wisdom. He is blessed for it. Verse 34 describes a follower of wisdom
    as one who is waiting for wisdom to arrive, waiting at wisdom’s doorway.

Proverbs 9 Outlines

Wisdom: The Good Choice

Introduction: In Proverbs 9, wisdom and folly both invite men to take part in
them. Folly invites those walking a straight (right) path (verse 15) to turn unto
a way that ends in the depths of hell (verse 18). But the path of wisdom:

  1. Builds a Life (Proverbs 9:1)
  2. Has a Banquet (Proverbs 9:2)
  3. Gives out Bread (Proverbs 9:5)
  4. Has Blessings (Proverbs 9:9)
  5. Was there from the Beginning (Proverbs 9:10)
  6. Provides Lasting Benefits (Proverbs 9:11)
  7. Is Betrayed (Proverbs 9:13)

Looking for Wisdom

  1. The Rendering of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1)
  2. The Reaction to Wisdom (Proverbs 9:9)
  3. The Reach for Wisdom (Proverbs 9:10)
  4. The Road to Wisdom (Proverbs 9:11)
  5. The Rejection of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:13)
  6. Man’s Regard & Reverence for Foolishness (Proverbs 9:14)
  7. A Reunion of Fools (Proverbs 9:15)

Wisdom at Work

Introduction: Proverbs 9:1-3 lists the activities of wisdom:

  1. Builds a House (Proverbs 9:1)
  2. Hews out Pillars (Proverbs 9:1)
  3. Kills her Beats (Proverbs 9:2)
  4. Mingles Her Wine (Proverbs 9:2)
  5. Furnishes her Table (Proverbs 9:2)
  6. Sends forthe her Maidens (Proverbs 9:3)
  7. Cries from the High Places (Proverbs 9:3)

Proverbs 10 Outlines

Comparing the Righteous and Wicked
Introduction: Proverbs 10 begins a section of Solomon’s proverbs comparing
the righteous and wicked. There is:

  1. Shame to the Lazy (Proverbs 10:5)
  2. Sure Footing for the Upright (Proverbs 10:9)
  3. Strife to the Hateful (Proverbs 10:12)
  4. More Sin for the Wicked (Proverbs 10:16)
  5. Sustenance form the Righteous (Proverbs 10:21)
  6. Stinging Eyes to the Sluggard (Proverbs 10:26)
  7. Strength to the Upright (Proverbs 10:29)

Proverbs 11 Outlines

Missing the Important Things

  1. No Balance (Proverbs 11:1)
  2. No Integrity (Proverbs 11:3)
  3. No Expectation (Proverbs 11:7)
  4. No Wisdom (Proverbs 11:12)
  5. No Counsel (Proverbs 11:14)
  6. No Corn (food) (Proverbs 11:20)
  7. No Discretion (Proverbs 11:22)

A Person Out of Balance

  1. Tends to Fall a Lot
  2. Breaks Things
  3. Bumps Into Things
  4. Looks Funny or Foolish or Pathetic
  5. Usually Needs a Crutch
  6. Requires Extra Attention
  7. Throws off Judgment

7 Things to Not Depend Upon

Scripture gives us many sure and certain things, like God’s love and faithfulness.
Proverbs 11 tells us about some things we ought not to depend upon:

  1. Riches in the Day of Wrath (Proverbs 11:4, 28)
  2. A Hypocrite to Keep his Word (Proverbs 11:9)
  3. Mouth of the Wicked (Proverbs 11:11)
  4. A Foolish Neighbor Providing Wisdom (Proverbs 11:12)
  5. Lasting Blessing from a Deceitful Work (Proverbs 11:18)
  6. Discretion from an Evil Woman (Proverbs 11:22)
  7. A Fool to not Withhold (Proverbs 11:24, 27)

Proverbs 12 Outlines

13 “P” words and sounds in Proverbs 12

  1. Reproof (Proverbs 12:1)
  2. Upright (Proverbs 12:6)
  3. Perverse (Proverbs 12:8)
  4. Persons (Proverbs 12:11)
  5. Recompence (Proverbs 12:14)
  6. Presently (Proverbs 12:16)
  7. Prudent (Proverbs 12:16)
  8. Piercings (Proverbs 12:18)
  9. Peace (Proverbs 12:20)
  10. Proclaimeth (Proverbs 12:23)
  11. Prudent (Proverbs 12:23)
  12. Precious (Proverbs 12:27)
  13. Pathway (Proverbs 12:28)

Parts of Life in Proverbs 12

  1. Path to Growth (Proverbs 12:1)
  2. Promise of God (Proverbs 12:2)
  3. Perennial Aggravation (Proverbs 12:04)
  4. Perverse Goals (Proverbs 12:08)
  5. Presence of Grief (Proverbs 12:08)
  6. Practical Regard (Proverbs 12:10)
  7. Pattern of Goodness (Proverbs 12:24)

Sure Things

  1. Contented Man (Proverbs 12:1)
  2. Contentious Mate (Proverbs 12:4)
  3. Commended Man (Proverbs 12:8)
  4. Condemned Man (Proverbs 12:9)
  5. Correct Mouth (Proverbs 12:17)
  6. Continual Misery (Proverbs 12:25)
  7. Comforting Materials (Proverbs 12:27)

Describing the Virtuous Woman

  1. Correctable (Proverbs 12:4)
  2. Conformable (Proverbs 12:4)
  3. Cooperative (Proverbs 12:4)
  4. Calm (Proverbs 12:4)
  5. A Crown (Proverbs 12:4)
  6. Caring (Proverbs 12:4)
  7. Considerate (Proverbs 12:4)

Following Vain Persons

Introduction: Why are they being Followed:

  1. Their Promises (Proverbs 12:11)
  2. Their Popularity (Proverbs 12:11)
  3. Their Performance (Proverbs 12:11)
  4. Their Presence (Proverbs 12:11)
  5. Their Prevarications (Proverbs 12:11)
  6. Their Presentation (Proverbs 12:11)
  7. Their Promotion (Proverbs 12:11)

Proverbs 13 Outline

A Wise Man

  1. Hears Instruction (Proverbs 13:1)
  2. Holds His Tongue (Proverbs 13:3)
  3. Hates Lying (Proverbs 13:5)
  4. Is Help up by Righteousness (Proverbs 13:6)
  5. Has True Wealth (Proverbs 13:7)
  6. Hearkens to God’s Word (Proverbs 13:13)
  7. Hangs out with other wise Men (Proverbs 13:20)

Proverbs 14 Outlines

What a Fool Does

  1. Derides Righteousness (Proverbs 14:9 – verse with 13 words) (Proverbs
  2. Dealeth in Anger (Proverbs 14:17)
  3. Despises Good (Proverbs 14:1, 21)
  4. Devises Evil (Proverbs 14:22)
  5. Deceives Souls (Proverbs 14:25)
  6. Destroys Order (Proverbs 14:28)
  7. Deserves Destruction (Proverbs 14:35)

What the Wise Do

  1. A Wise Woman Builds (Proverbs 14:1)
  2. A Walking Man Fears (Proverbs 14:2)
  3. A Winsome One Chooses Words (Proverbs 14:3)
  4. A Witnessing Person Utters Truth (Proverbs 14:5)
  5. A Wary Person Runs from Foolishness (Proverbs 14:7)
  6. A Watching Person Gains Knowledge (Proverbs 14:6)
  7. A Working Man Profits (Proverbs 14:23)

Proverbs 15 Outline

Righteous Lips

  1. Turn Away Wrath (Proverbs 15:1)
  2. Dispense Knowledge (Proverbs 15:2, 7)
  3. Are Wholesome (Proverbs 15:4)
  4. Offer counsel (Proverbs 15:22)
  5. Speak in Due Season (Proverbs 15:23)
  6. Are Pure and Pleasant (Proverbs 15:26)
  7. Answer Slowly (Proverbs 15:28) – because some answers are not easy

Proverbs 16 Outline

Some Prayers for the Faithful

Introduction: There are some things we should want that only God can
provide. How about asking?

  1. Prepare my Heart (Proverbs 16:1)
  2. Peruse my Ways (Proverbs 16:2)
  3. Purify my Thoughts (Proverbs 16:3)
  4. Point out the Path (Proverbs 16:9)
  5. Passify my Anger (Proverbs 16:14)
  6. Preserve my Soul (Proverbs 16:17)
  7. Impart Wisdom (Proverbs 16:18)

Proverbs 17 Outlines

The Fruit of Fools

Introduction: We all have exhibited foolishness in our lives, but hopefully we are not living
Lives of Foolishness. There is much in Proverbs 17, but focusing on fools and
folly, for now, we see:

  1. Unwanted Family (Proverbs 17:1) a home full of strife and contention…
    it is better to be poor and happy
  2. Unteachable Fool (Proverbs 17:10) Have you ever been one of these? If
    you are a Christian, we have a faithful and dedicated teacher, who will not
    cease the lesson until it is learned.
  3. Unstoppable Fool (Proverbs 17:11) Hell has no fury as a woman scorned
    or as a fool with a mission… if history only recorded the damage done by
    unfettered stupidity
  4. Unrestrained Fanatic (Proverbs 17:11) often in self-righteous and reli-
    gious zeal
  5. Uncontrollable Flood (Proverbs 17:14) once the finger is taken out of
    the hole on the dike the flood will come… There will be damage, there will
    be hurt, things will be irrecoverably affected
  6. Unshakeable Fealty (Proverbs 17:17) another word for loyalty is fealty
  7. Unfulfilled Father (Proverbs 17:21) – – the father of fool Proverbs 17
  8. Unobtainable Focus (Pro 17:24) the fool ever seeking and not finding,
    he has no roots, he has no reason, there is no rhyme in his life… a fool
    is often one who never settles down, always jumping from one thing to


  1. A Dry Morsel (Proverbs 17:1)
  2. A Dim-Witted Mocker (Proverbs 17:5)
  3. A Divisive Matter (Proverbs 17:9)
  4. A Disruptive Messenger (Proverbs 17:11)
  5. Destructive Meddling (Proverbs 17:14)
  6. Dangerous Mischief (Proverbs 17:20)
  7. A Discerning Man (Proverbs 17:28)

Proverbs 18 Outlines

The Pursuit of Wisdom

Introduction: At issue in the pursuit of wisdom, is the underlying heart motive. I contest that “Wisdom” is not a thing, but a person, an individual, who is reading our motives as we go. I also context that going to wisdom with the wrong motive could lead to disastrous results. Motives range from 100 per cent evil, to (seldom if ever) 100 per cent right. Some of these motives:

  1. Then Perverted Motive – to learn how manipulate events and circumstances. (Proverb 18:1)
  2. Then Prideful Motive – To become exalted as wise.
  3. Then Public Motive – to be known and famous.
  4. Then Personal Motive – to achieve understanding.
  5. Then Practical Motive – to learn how live without mistakes or errors.
  6. Then Purposeful Motive – to learn navigate a specific problem.
  7. Then Perfect Motive – to learn how to live righteously before God.

What Your Speech Reveals

Introduction: Consider the verses Proverbs 18:4, Proverbs 18:6, Proverbs 18:7, Proverbs 18:8, and Proverbs 18:13. These verses say a lot about what people say. What does your speech reveal? Listen to someone long enough and their tongue will betray their innermost secrets… The things that they love… The things that they focus on… It will reveal if they swim with the deep thinkers or wade in the shallow end of the pool with the other immature and self-focused babies… Your concept of God, Christianity, and spiritual truth will eventually be reflected in your speech, in casual conversation… Some things your tongue will tell about you:

  1. Your Education – or more often, the lack thereof … better to stay quiet than to remove any doubt
  2. Your Excellence – or more often, the lack thereof … the daily barrage of compromise and complacency that you settle for
  3. Your Excitements – what gets you going
  4. Your Enmity – the issues that disturb you,
  5. Your Enemies – who you just might hurt if you had the chance
  6. Your End – considering the rest of Proverbs, it if usually clear where your
    road is headed
  7. Your Emptiness
  8. Your Entanglements – what preoccupies you is what has you in chains

A Man Focused on God’s Wisdom

Introduction: Proverbs 18:1 gives some hints about a man who is ostensibly focused on getting God’s wisdom. Can we relate to this kind of person? Do we have any biblical examples? Could it be Elijah, or John the Baptist?

  1. Will be an Inspired Man –
  2. Will be Separate from the Ignorant Masses –
  3. For him most things in life will have Insignificant Meaning –
  4. Lives in an Isolated Manner
  5. Lives by an Individual Mandate – seldom supported by friends, and
  6. Has an intense and Insular Mentality –

So, this is a guy who is mostly unwanted and unwelcome. Vast majority cannot related to him. How much are you like this man? How much do you want to be? How much do you think you should be?

Proverbs 19 Outlines

The Basics of Life

Introduction: The book of Proverbs offers God’s perspective on the key parts
of life:

  1.  Wealth (Proverbs 19:1, Proverbs 19:17)
  2. Words (Proverbs 19:1, Proverbs 19:7, Proverbs 19:29)
  3. Witness (Proverbs 19:5, Pro 19:28)
  4. Wisdom (Proverbs 19:2, Proverbs 19:8, Proverbs 19:27)
  5. Women (Proverbs 19:14)
  6. Ways (Proverbs 19:16)
  7. Work (Proverbs 19:24)

Not-so-Small Things that Matter

  1. A Man’s Discernment (Proverbs 19:8)
  2. A Man’s Delight (Proverbs 19:10)
  3. A Man’s Discretion (Proverbs 19:11)
  4. A Man’s Direction (Pro 19:16, 19:27)
  5. A Man’s Devices (Proverbs 19:21)
  6. A Man’s Desire (Proverbs 19:22)
  7. A Man’s Discipline (Proverbs 19:29)

Negative Things in Proverbs 19

  1. Foolish Lips (Proverbs 19:1)
  2. Feet that lead Astray (Proverbs 19:2)
  3. A Fretting Heart (Proverbs 19:3)
  4. Friends only in the Good Times (Proverbs 19:4, 6, 7)
  5. False Witnesses (Proverbs 19:5)
  6. Undeferred Anger (Proverbs 19:11)
  7. Favor Not Found (Proverbs 19:12)

Proverbs 20 Outline

Principles to Observe

  1. A Fool and His Wine (Proverbs 20:1)
  2. The Fear of the King (Proverbs 20:2) – pay attention to those who can help you and those who can hurt you!
  3. Fields Unplowed (Proverbs 20:4) – the bill for neglect comes with interest
  4. The Faithful Man Unseen (Proverbs 20:6) – when you find someone faithful (like a friend) hang on to hat one
  5. Finding Things out (with God’s Help) (Proverbs 20:12)
  6. The Flatterer to Avoid (Proverbs 20:19)
  7. The False Balance Decried (Proverbs 20:23) – treat things with equity

Proverbs 21 Outline

God in Control of All

Introduction: Despite the events that seemingly appear to be out of control and in the hands of the ungodly, God is in control and working all things out according to his plans. As Christians following Gods will, further, we have the promise that it will all to our good. (Romans 8:28)

  1. The King’s Heart (Proverbs 21:1)
  2. The Lord’s Hand (Proverbs 21:4)
  3. The Look that is High (Proverbs 21:4)
  4. Lust that is Hasty (Proverbs 21:5)
  5. Languish on the Housetop (Proverbs 21:9)
  6. The Lament Unheard (Proverbs 21:13)
  7. The Life that is Honored (Proverbs 21:21)

Proverbs 22 Outline

An All-Seeing God

Introduction: The phrase “eyes of the Lord” is found 22 times in scripture, with each on describing what these “eyes of the Lord” are all about. Ever wonder if someone was watching? Someone is. These eyes:

  1. Are all Around! (Proverbs 5:21, Proverbs 15:3, Zechariah 4:10)
  2. Appraise the Situation (1 Kings 16:25, 2 Chronicles 14:2, 2 Chronicles 21:6, 2 Chronicles 29:6)
  3. Are Active (Proverbs 22:12)
  4. Approve (2 Samuel 15:25, Isaiah 49:5)
  5. Are Attentive (Genesis 06:08, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Psalm 34:15, 1 Peter 3:12)
  6. Are Aware (Zechariah 4:10)
  7. Analyze (Amos 9:8)

Proverbs 23 Outlines

Steps to Ruin

  1. Controlled by Flesh-eating (Appetite) (Proverbs 23:1-3)
  2. Compelled by Fantasy (Pro 23:4)
  3. Counseling Fools (Proverbs 23:9)
  4. Corrupted by Falsehoods (Proverbs 23:16)
  5. Consumed by “Floosies” (Whores) (Proverbs 23:27)
  6. Uncorrected by Fathers (Proverbs 23:13)
  7. Confused by Firewater (Proverbs 23:29-35)

A Fool and Wisdom

  1. Wisdom is Readily available (Proverbs 23:9)
  2. Despises Revelation available (Proverbs 23:9)
  3. Becomes a Fool by Rejection (Proverbs 23:11)
  4. Remains a Fool by Rejecting (Proverbs 23:9)
  5. Associated with Removing Landmarks (Proverbs 23:10)
  6. At Odds with the Redeemer (Proverbs 23:11)
  7. Slim Chance it Could be Reversed (Proverbs 23:12)

Proverbs 24 Outline

The House Built by Wisdom

Introduction: There are all sorts of practical reasons why we should want our house to be built by wisdom:

  1. It is Put Up (Built) (Proverbs 24:3)
  2. It is Permanent (Proverbs 24:5)
  3. It is Provided For (Proverbs 24:4)
  4. It has Precious Riches (Proverbs 24:4)
  5. It is Pleasant (Proverbs 24:5)
  6. It is Plenteous (Proverbs 24:4)
  7. It is Replete with Goods (Proverbs 24:4)

Proverbs 25 Outlines

Haste Makes Waste

  1. Let Calmness Prevail
  2. Consider Patiently
  3. Beware! Conflict Approaches (Proverbs 16:32)
  4. Cool your Passion (Jam 01:19,20)
  5. Take Counsel and Prepare (Proverbs 20:18, Proverbs 24:06 )
  6. Consult with the Prudent (Luke 14:31,32)

The Water of Salvation

Introduction: (Proverbs 25:25) The typology in the verse should be crystal clear: The “good news” is clearly the gospel, the “far country” is that spoken of in Isaiah 33:17 and Luke 19:12, and the “thirsty soul” is a repentant man ready for salvation:

  1. Water is more Important than food for survival
  2. For a thirsty man, water is the single Pursuit
  3. Even if starving, water is the Priority
  4. Some “visions” of water are Deceptive mirages
  5. Some Water is Poisonous
  6. Still and lukewarm water is Unpalatable (like the church of Laodicea)
  7. Water must be Partaken to be of benefit

More Things Seen

  1. Fame & Glory Self-gotten (Proverbs 25:6-7, 27)
  2. A False Gift (Proverbs 25:14)
  3. Forebearing Grace (Proverbs 25:15)
  4. Feet Gone Away (Proverbs 25:17)
  5. Fire Given out (Proverbs 25:21, 22)
  6. A Fountain Degraded (Proverbs 25:26)

Proverbs 26 Outline

Character of a Fool

Introduction: There are distinguishing traits of fools. They are changeable,
but if one never gets rid of these, he has marked himself:

  1. Uncorrected (Proverbs 26:4) – one that stays uncorrected, and even worse is proud of that
  2. Unreliable (Proverbs 26:6)
  3. Unteachable (Proverbs 26:7, 9)
  4. Unworthy (Proverbs 26:8) – of course, we are ultimately all unworthy, but if nothing worthy of praise emerges in a life then perhaps …
  5. Unchangeable (Proverbs 26:11)
  6. Unmotivated (Proverbs 26:15)
  7. Uncaring (Proverbs 26:28)

Proverbs 27 Outline

A Faithful Man in Action

  1. He is Praised (Proverbs 27:1)
  2. He is Persevering (Proverbs 27:8)
  3. He is Prudent (Proverbs 27:12)
  4. He is Protected (Proverbs 27:12)
  5. He is Principled (Proverbs 27:17)
  6. He is Purified (Proverbs 27:21)
  7. He is Provided for (Proverbs 27:27)

Proverbs 28 Outlines

Recognizing the Wicked

Introduction: The practices and destiny of the wicked are fairly easy to recognize and fairly clear from scripture.

  1. The Wicked Flee They flee without being pursued, always afraid that their misdeeds are going to catch them. (Proverbs 28:1)
  2. The Wicked Forget They forsake the law and are praised by other wicked for doing so. (Proverbs 28:4)
  3. The Wicked Forsakes his Father (Proverbs 28:7)
  4. The Wicked Fleece the Poor (Proverbs 28:8) The wicked make their substance by usury and unjust gain, by cheating and dealing falsely.
  5. The Wicked Fall into Their Own Pit (Proverbs 28:10)
  6. The Wicked are Foolish (Proverbs 28:16)
  7. The Wicked Follows his Own Heart (Proverbs 28:26)

The Ways of the Wicked

Introduction: Expressed in different terms, these are some of the ways of the wicked. Just in case we had any doubt of people who exhibit these behaviors, God calls them wicked. A wicked man:

  1. Perverts the Way of Right – The wicked rich get to their goal, riches, by perverting the ways of the Lord. But their riches do not make them better. (Proverbs 28:6)
  2. Oppresses the Poor – God has a special place in his heart and his eyes are always watching over the poor and helpless. So he notices when they are mistreated. (Proverbs 28:8)
  3. Promotes only His Own Gain – Is absolutely blind to the needs of
    others. (Proverbs 28:11)
  4. Pretends to be Righteous (Proverbs 28:13)
  5. Pursues Wealth blindly – It is blind ambition. (Proverbs 28:22)
  6. Pilfers from his Parents – The attitude is one that the parents owe the money to him anyway. The parents have been mistreating him by not financing every fleeting desire. (Proverbs 28:24)
  7. Perish in Oblivion – Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints, but what of the wicked? (Proverbs 28:28)

Proverbs 29 Outlines

Things Missing without Wisdom

  1. No Remedy (Proverbs 29:1)
  2. No Remorse (Proverbs 29:2)
  3. No Rejoicing (Proverbs 29:6)
  4. No Regard (Proverbs 29:7)
  5. No Rest (Proverbs 29:9)
  6. No Restraint (Proverbs 29:1)
  7. No Reproof (Proverbs 29:15)

Proverbs 30 Outlines

A Convert to Wisdom

  1. Responds to Revealed Truth (Proverbs 30:1)
  2. Realizes his Brutish Condition (Proverbs 30:2-3)
  3. Respects God’s Word (Proverbs 30:4-6)
  4. Requests Security from God (Proverbs 30:7-9)
  5. Is Repulsed by Wickedness (Proverbs 30:10-14)
  6. Recognizes Truth in Nature (Proverbs 30:15-31)
  7. Repents of Self-Promotion (Proverbs 30:32)

Seeing the Ascendant One

Introduction: Who can tell who this is? The one who:

  1. Who is Listening (Proverbs 30:4)
  2. Who is Longing for Satisfaction (Proverbs 30:4)
  3. Who is Looking through Scripture (Proverbs 30:4, Psalm 40:7)
  4. Who is Laboring for Salvation (Proverbs 30:4) – only to find that he cannot succeed
  5. Who is Lamenting Sin (Proverbs 30:4) – only to find that he cannot succeed
  6. Who is Lost and Seeking (Proverbs 30:4)
  7. Who is Lowly and Sorrowful (Proverbs 30:4)

Proverbs 31 Outlines

The Husband of the Virtuous Woman

Introduction: In most instances this passage is treated as a list of attributes of the virtuous woman. This is fine, but here, for a change, we’ll consider how a husband should respond to a treat the virtuous woman.

  1. Treasures Her (Proverbs 31:10)
  2. Trusts in Her (Proverbs 31:11)
  3. Trades by Her (Proverbs 31:14, 24)
  4. Is Taken Care of by Her (Proverbs 31:12, 15, 21, 27)
  5. Triumphs Because of Her (Proverbs 31:23)
  6. Thanks Her (Proverbs 31:28, 30)
  7. He Entrusts Her The husband of a virtuous woman will entrust her with
    resources. She will not be extravagant. She will not be foolish. Instead
    she will use the resources wisely to be a blessing to her family or others.
    (Proverbs 31:28,30)

Viewing Virtue

Introduction: So, here is one attempt at describing this virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. The  Bible has much to say about the opposite, maybe personified as the “strange woman,” but for now we this is an opportunity to View Virtue. We see, then:

  1. Her Purity (Proverbs 31:11)
    A. Purity in Heart
    B. Purity in Head (her mind and thinking)
    C. Purity in Habit
    D. Purity in her Home (this purity is reflected in what goes on in her
  2. Her Prudence Prudence is the ability or wisdom to see and o what is
    best in the situation. Godliness adds the requirement for that prudent
    decision and action to be morally right.
    A. Prudent financially (knows how to be economical – doesn’t have a
    spending problem)
    B. Prudent with time
    C. Prudent in ordering events (what needs to be done first)
  3. Her Perception (Proverbs 31:19)
    A. She recognizes the needs of others
    B. She sees the need for action
    C. She knows (maybe intuition) the root of the issues – I can think of
    many areas where I know to trust women’s intuition
  4. Her Patience (Proverbs 31:19)
  5. Her Praiseworthiness (Proverbs 31:28)
  6. Her Productivity (Proverbs 31:15, 19)
  7. Her Pricelessness (Proverbs 31:28)

The Winsome Woman of Wisdom

Introduction: Much is said in Proverbs about the strange woman and the foolish woman, Proverbs 31, gives us a picture of the opposite woman, the desirable woman, the one who can be regarded as the epitomy of wisdom.

  1. She is like Royalty in the Making – Whether or not the woman spo-
    ken of in this chapter was a queen or royalty, she considers herself to be
    something special and lives above the everyday usual and ordinary. She
    is not pretentious or presumptive. She just lives like everything she has is
    precious and should be treated as such – her time, her talent, her tools,
    her treasure, the things with which she has been entrusted. She dresses,
    works, lives, like there is meaning in life. (Proverbs 31:22, 23)
  2. She is a Rich Mine (Proverbs 31:10)
  3. She is the Role Model The noble woman presents an image of superior
    achievement in every area of life. In an era in which industry is discour-
    aged by emphasis on rights over responsibilities, get-rich-quick schemes,
    and preoccupation with goods acquired on credit, the lyiHa-tw,xe models
    an industrious and productive lifestyle that contributes to the prosperity
    of the home and of society at large. In keeping with descriptions through-
    out the Book of Proverbs, this culminating picture reinforces the thought
    that anyone whose character, commitment, godliness, and productivity
    replicate the qualities of this woman has learned to live wisely. (Proverbs
  4. She is a Reflection of Maturity – First, no young bride can possibly
    fulfill all that is pictured in this poem before developing the maturity that
    comes only with time. This portrait looks at the finished product, not
    at a young woman entering marriage. It reflects the cumulative effect of
    a life lived wisely. At any given point in life a person can only seek to
    move in the direction this superb and’ energetic woman has laid out for all to follow. She serves as d kind of pictorial mentor of the “ultimate” wife
    just as the qualities listed for church leaders in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1
    describe the direction and focus a man’s life should take if he aspires to
    be a church leader. (Proverbs 31:10-31)
  5. Her life should be Regarded as a Ministry (Proverbs 31:10-31)
  6. She is marvelous in the Realm of Motherhood (Proverbs 31:10-31)
  7. She is Notable in her Rarity as a Mate – Verse 10 has 13 words, reflecting
    the rarity of such a woman as this: (1) rebellion of females in actually
    wanting to be or being such a woman, (2) rebellion of males in wanting
    and finding such a woman (or waiting for and recognizing such), and (3)
    since there is a role in the husband in developing such a woman over time,
    the rebellion of husbands against doing so. (Proverbs 31:10-31)

A Different Sort of Woman

Introduction: Different in Her:

  1. Worth (Proverbs 31:10)
  2. Work (Proverbs 31:13)
  3. Window (Proverbs 31:18) – she sets a candle, and her place is known as a sanctuary
  4. Wardrobe (Proverbs 31:22) – not dressed for show, but to be about business
  5. Words (Proverbs 31:26)
  6. Wisdom (Proverbs 31:26)
  7. Wholesomeness (Proverbs 31:30)