The word “proverbs” is taken from the Hebrew word “masal” meaning parable or “sentences constructed in parallelism.”

So what’s that mean exactly? What is a proverb?

Remember when Jesus told parables in the Gospel? The story was intended to parallel a concept.  It did not literally take place.  For example, there was no woman who lost a coin and went about frantically searching for it.  The woman doesn’t exist. Nor are we suppose to mimic her behavior. Jesus simply told a fictitious story meant to parallel the concept of how the Father searches for sons and daughters who have walked away from Him and rejoices when they return.  In fact, Jesus tells three stories intended to parallel, expound, explain, compare, or paint a vivid picture, of the Father’s agape love for us.  Just to clarify, that’s what a proverb is. 

Interestingly, there are short proverbs and long proverbs.  Throughout the book, you’ll find one-liners and entire chapters, both classified as proverbs. 

What are they meant to parallel?

Wisdom. It’s the purpose of the entire book.

The focal point of every page .

The entire reason the book was written.

The chief principle.

                                                The primary function. Intention. Objective.

How does that apply to Proverbs 31? Hope you will continue to dig deep in His word with me.