“To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” (Prov. 1:6)
Many people believe that the Book of Proverbs is just a book of lessons on the practical principles of daily living.
But here we read at the beginning of the book that it says of itself there is an interpretation to these dark sayings.
The Hebrew word for dark sayings literally means puzzle or riddle. So we see that just as it is with the parables that Jesus told, so it is with the Book of Proverbs.
On the surface they seem like practical stories or instructions concerning the natural world around us, but underneath the surface there are deeper spiritual meanings.
Although there are many subjects touched upon in the Book of Proverbs, there are two main and prevalent themes written about and woven throughout the book.
These are the comparison of the wise and the foolish, and the warnings concerning the strange or adulteress woman.
By understanding the spiritual truths underlying these two themes, we can better comprehend how the flesh and the world operate to deceive us into yielding to temptation and hindering our walk in the Spirit.