Old Testament
Lesson 31
“Happy Is the Man That Findeth Wisdom”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to be more Christlike by applying the wise counsel in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Scripture references for study:  Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
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Lesson 31 Handout (PDF format)

Introduction To The Books Of Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

  1. These two books are sometimes referred to as the "wisdom literature."
  2. The Book of Proverbs.
  3. The Book of Ecclesiastes.


  1. One of the main themes of Proverbs, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7) and "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10).
  2. READ PROVERBS 2:2-6. Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding comes from the Lord.
  3. READ PROVERBS 3:5-7. Trust in the Lord, not in our own understanding.

Other Teachings From Proverbs

  1. READ PROVERBS 6:16-19.
  2. "Only by pride cometh contention." (Proverbs 13:10)
  3. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." (Proverbs 13:20)
  4. READ PROVERBS 13:24 & PROVERBS 22:6.
  5. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)
  6. READ PROVERBS 15:31-32.


  1. Theme of the Book of Ecclesiastes:  "...the vanity of all human pursuits when made the chief end, and the consequent wisdom of making the fear of God and His commandments our main aim."
  2. READ ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8. To everything there is a season.
  3. READ ECCLESIASTES 9:11. The race is not to the swift.
  4. The Law of the Harvest:  "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days" (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Pick out three Proverbs and write down what they mean to you and ways you can incorporate the principles into your daily life.

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