Proverbs Outline

Prologue: To Know Wisdom (1:1-7)

II. The Way of Wisdom (1:8-9:18)

  • A. Call to Heed Instruction (1:8-9)
  • B. Warning against Violence and Bloodshed (1:10-19)
  • C. Warning against Ignoring Wisdom’s Call (1:20-33)
  • D. Wisdom as a Gift from the LORD (2:1-22)
  • E. Benefits of Wisdom (3:1-26)
  • F. The Wisdom of Righteousness toward Others (3:27-35)
  • G. The Supremacy of Wisdom (4:1-27)
  • H. Warnings against Folly and Perversion (5:1-7:27)
    1. Warning against Adultery (5:1-23)
    2. Warning against Foolish and Perverse Ways (6:1-19)
    3. The Cost of Committing Adultery (6:20-35)
    4. Warning against the Seduction of the Adulteress (7:1-27)
  • I. The Call of Wisdom (8:1-36)
  • J. The Way of Wisdom and Folly (9:1-18)

III. The Proverbs of Solomon (10:1-22:16)

IV. Sayings of the Wise Men (22:17-24:22)

V. Additional Sayings of the Wise Men (24:23-34)

VI. Additional Proverbs of Solomon (25:1-29:27)

VII. The Words of Agur (30:1-33)

VIII. The Words of King Lemuel (31:1-31)

  • A. The Ideal King (31:1-9)
  • B. The Ideal Wife (31:10-31)