Detailed outline of the Book of Proverbs

  1. Prologue: Purpose and Theme (1:1–7)
  2. The Superiority of the Way of Wisdom (1:8—9:18)
    1. Appeals and Warnings Confronting Youth (1:8–33)
      1. Enticements to secure happiness by violence (1:8–19)
      2. Warnings against rejecting wisdom (1:20–33)
    2. Commendation of Wisdom (chs. 2–4)
      1. Benefits of accepting wisdom’s instructions (ch. 2)
      2. Wisdom bestows well-being (3:1–20)
      3. Wisdom’s instructions and benefits (3:21–35)
      4. Challenge to hold on to wisdom (ch. 4)
    3. Warnings against Folly (chs. 5–7)
      1. Warning against adultery (ch. 5)
      2. Warning against perverse ways (6:1–19)
      3. Cost of committing adultery (6:20–35)
      4. Warning against the enticements of an adulteress (ch. 7)
    4. Appeals Addressed to Youth (chs. 8–9)
      1. Wisdom’s appeal (ch. 8)
      2. Invitations of wisdom and folly (ch. 9)
  3. The Main Collection of Solomon’s Proverbs (10:1—22:16)
  4. The Thirty Sayings of the Wise (22:17—24:22)
  5. Additional Sayings of the Wise (24:23–34)
  6. Hezekiah’s Collection of Solomon’s Proverbs (chs. 25–29)
  7. The Sayings of Agur (ch. 30)
  8. The Sayings of King Lemuel (31:1–9)
  9. Epilogue: The Ideal Wife (31:10–31)
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