Proverbs – Paul Koptak – NIV Application Commentary

NIV Application Commentary ProverbsPaul E. Koptak is the author of the Proverbs volume in the NIV Application Commentary series.

The author’s comments help preachers and teachers who are looking to relate the text to daily life.

Not many of the available commentaries on Proverbs devote as much space to application as this volume does.

What is wisdom? Does occupying the top of life’s heap mean you have it? Does being near the bottom mean you don’t?

Wisdom is a matter of understanding God’s perspectives in applying what you know and having the character to act accordingly.

That is why true wisdom―the kind that begins with fear of the Lord―frequently runs counter to what our culture values and applauds.

This is the wisdom the book of Proverbs teaches.

Proverbs deals with the relationship between heaven and earth on a practical level that covers the broad swath of human activity.

We could all use more wisdom in our lives; the book of Proverbs was designed to guide us into it.

Proverbs is far from monolithic. It has multiple authors and employs diverse styles. But its goal remains simple: to equip us for living in a way that succeeds first and foremost in God’s eyes.

Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Paul Koptak shares perspectives on Proverbs that reveal ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives.

Paul E. Koptak (PhD, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University) is Paul and Bernice Brandel Professor of Communication and Biblical Interpretation at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. [1]

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