Proverbs 1:1-3 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair. . .
King Solomon was the wisest of men as he was wise enough to know that he needed to ask God to give him wisdom as the King. Proverbs 3:5, 6 are perhaps the most known and quoted of the verses in this book: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. It points to the source of all wisdom, God Himself. And it puts in a nutshell the benefits of following wisdom, straight paths or knowing the way to go to live in blessing.
The wisdom of Proverbs covers a plethora of wise instructions concerning many facets of life. To reject wisdom, we are told, is to live foolishly with disastrous results. Much attention is given to avoiding adultery and the lusts of the flesh. Integrity, generosity, righteousness are exalted. Pride is warned against. There is much comment given concerning the importance of the words of our mouths. For example, The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (18:21). It instructs us in rearing our children, in dealing with our neighbors as well as our enemies. In short, we are implored to seek wisdom. The rewards are great! By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures (24:3, 4). Proverbs are an insight into the mind of God. They give us His counsel.
One final note concerning wisdom: we can know about a lot of things but if we don't put it into practice in our lives, it does us no good. King Solomon used his wisdom for many things as he ruled his people, settled their disputes, and established the kingdom. However, he failed to walk in the wisdom of God as he was drawn away by foreign women and lured into opening his life and kingdom to serving other gods, who are not gods at all.
God's wisdom far surpasses the wisdom of all in this world. Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 2. Wisdom is revealed to us by the Spirit of the Lord. God gives us spiritual discernment. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
Colossians tells us that Christ is the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (2:3). 'For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).' As Jesus sent out His disciples, He instructed them, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)."