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A "proverb" may be defined as "a condensed saying that personifies some significant truth of experience." The Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures that is translated as proverb is pronounced maw-shawl. It means "a saying that is widely accepted."
The proverbs of Solomon became a part of the Holy Bible:
"1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction"
Solomon's proverbs turned into, for him, a tragic irony. While living within his God-obeying wisdom, he was an omniscient teacher of proverbs.
"4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
When Solomon later became corrupt, his foolishness became a proverb in itself - and himself. The LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') warned Solomon, but Solomon lost his heed of God's Way (see the Fact Finder question below).
"9:1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do, 9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. 9:3 And the LORD said unto him,