What is the difference between “length of days” and “long life?”

Question: In Proverbs 3:2, it reads, “for length of days, and long life, and peace shall they add to thee.”  What is the difference between “length of days” and “long life?” Answer: A more literal translation of the verse is: “For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you” (Proverbs 3:2 NASB). A similar…

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Pearls From Proverbs: Frankness Finds Favor

by Irvin Himmel Via Guardian of Truth XXXI: 4, p. 108, February 19, 1987 “He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue” (Proverbs 28:23). Although there are people who do not care what others think about them, most of us desire the esteem and goodwill of our acquaintances.…

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Can you help with a Women’s Day theme around Proverbs 15:1?

Question: We are having a Women’s Day program and our theme is from Proverbs 15:1. How would you explain this in relation to a Women’s Day program? How would you write an occasion for this theme? Answer: I have this general rule to avoid answering questions which are obviously homework or test assignments. In much…

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Explain the book of Proverbs

Question: Explain the book of Proverbs from the beginning to the end? Answer: Solomon stated that the purpose of his book was: “To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and…

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How can Solomon’s writings be God’s words?

Question: I read what you said about Solomon’s writing being the words of God, but it seems to me that something must have changed. How do you explain Proverbs 10:15 (in light of James 1:9-10), Proverbs 10:27 (in light of Jesus and John the Baptist), Proverbs 12:21 (in light of people like Hugh Heffner), and…

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How dare you use Solomon’s writings to justify spanking!

Question: The fact that your website tells parents to strike or hit (you call it spanking) children of any age is bizarre and totally sick. I never have read anything where Jesus strikes a child out of anger or discipline. If you refer to “spare the rod” that was Solomon, certainly one of the evilest…

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Could you explain Proverbs 26:3 and 19:29?

Question: Well, I can’t quite figure out: Proverbs 26:3 “A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.” and: Proverbs 19:29 “Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.” Answer: Proverbs 26:3 is dealing with control or the giving of direction. A rider of a…

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