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Writing Proverbs

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Let's start writing Proverbs. What should be included in a statement that will make it a Proverb? Proverbs are statements that encourage us to follow God. They are also a collection of sayings, riddles, instructions, and poems. Proverbs can be viewed as a book with ethical and moral statements about how to live life. In writing a Proverb, we want to address issues that will improve our lives.

For example: "If the wise man listens, he will increase his learning, and the man of understanding will acquire skill to understand proverbs and parables, the sayings of wise men and their riddles." (1:1-7)

Some Proverbs start with a statement and then use a contrasting statement like
Prov 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Some Proverbs are advice given by a father to his son (daughter).
Prov 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Some Proverbs comment on bad behavior.
Prov 24:30,31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Some Proverbs warn us about corrupt leaders.
Prov 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

There are many others, but this is a good place to start. In class, work on advice parents should give their children or that children should give their parents.

Write simple statements that would help your family.
Example:

  • Wise parents teach their children to love God. (teen)
  • Fathers and Mothers, hear your children if you want them to listen to you. (pre-teen)
  • Don't get your mother angry by being late for dinner. (7 year-old boy)
  • Please, please compliment me every time I do it right. (8 year-old boy)

Don't hesitate to send BibleWise the children's wonderful responses. We all enjoy seeing their progress.

Select one of the examples of advice to parents and have the class create a poster to place in the Sunday School. You can also have each one make a poster to give to his/her parents. As this may take longer than the class session, you may assign it for homework or continue with it in class the next week.

   
 

Write a Proverb About the Importance of Being Wise

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Answer the following questions to help get at the statement.

  • Are you wise?
  • Why do you want to be wise?
  • What does wisdom bring?
  • Where do you get wisdom?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
I am only wise as You are.
I find wisdom in God.
Because God is Wise, I am wise.

  • Write a Proverb to keep people from crime.
    Answer these questions about stopping bad behavior.
    • What bad things need to stop?
    • What can we do so people want to be good?
    • How can we help people feel God's love for them?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
God is watching me be good!
If others lie, I won't.
Stealing is a no no.

  • Write a Proverb on how to treat others.
    • How do you want to be treated?
    • How do you treat others?
    • How does God treat you?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
Hey, don't hurt me - love me!
You pick me up when I am down, You make me smile, if I frown. I feel Your love is all around.

   
 

Create Picture Grams of Proverbs

Create picture grams of your own proverbs as well as the ones in the Bible.

The following exercise works well for little children who relate better to pictures than to the words themselves. For older students, skip the use of the pictures and work on the words of practicality for their proverbs. You might want to create a bulletin board in the Sunday School with their proverbs. Ask the older students to create the design for the bulletin board. Older students can also find proverbs or other Bible verses for the younger classes to use for this exercise.

Write your statement and then replace some of the words with pictures that mean the same thing.

Example:

Trust in the Lord with all your Prov. 3:5

Be not wise in your own Prov. 3:7

God guides the (path) of those who are honest.

Create your own pictures. Make a picture and put it over the word it represents.

For example above we put for the word "eyes."

Here are some statements for you to play with:

A happy heart makes a face look cheerful.

A good name is greater than riches.

Anyone who plants evil gathers a harvest of trouble.

Have a pure and loving heart, and speak kindly. Then you will be a friend of the king.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere.

The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth.

The lips of wise people spread knowledge.

By wisdom a house is built.

Eat honey, my child. It is good.

Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn away from it.

Now find some Bible verses from other books of the Bible to make your own Bible picture grams.

   
 
   
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