All rights reserved From Paul Apple’s Introduction… Helpful general comments on the significance and usefulness of Proverbs for our daily life. The teachings of Chapters are considered: Job and Ecclesiastes are speculative wisdom, for they investigate why things are as they are and how we can make sense of them. Proverbs is practical wisdom, showing us what we can do to get on in this puzzling world without losing our way and ending in disaster. Whether or not we ever come to solve the problems aired in the other two books, we can still come to terms with this world. We don’t have to opt out and spend the whole of our lives thinking. We can get on with living in the real world, conquer our limitations and get along with other people. No book gives us more help in this than Proverbs. By God’s grace, the book of Proverbs enables each of us to have God’s insight on how to live lives that will glorify Him; how to build up others; and how to be at peace with ourselves.