The Books of Poetry
People like to label things so they can be organized into neat little groups. That is exactly what happened here, because although these books are called Poetry and Wisdom, they are not the only books that contain poetry or bits of wisdom.
The entire Bible, infact, reveals the wisdom of God.
The Books of Poetry include:
SONG OF SOLOMON
Poetry in the Bible takes on a variety of forms. Many of them were written as songs to be sung, much like the modern hymn book. They could have been written in thanksgiving, in sorrow, for royalty, as a prayer, in regret or in mourning (lament). Much wisdom can be learned by a careful study of these beautiful poetic writings.
The Books of Wisdom include:
The wisdom literature found in the Scriptures also takes on several forms. The theme of wisdom literature is how to live a life well-pleasing to God, the Creator of all things. The topics include how to cope with daily problems, that virtue and good ultimately triumph over evil and wrongdoing.
Sometimes riddles are used to get you thinking. Othertimes deep reflection is used to make you think about the meaning of life and faith. As you read the wisdom books you will find much poetry is used in them. A deep study of the wisdom books will give you a renewed sense of joy, peace and personal responsibility toward your relationship with Jesus, God's Only Son.
The following is a brief description of each
book of poetry and wisdom.
The Book of Psalms
David wrote the majority of the Psalms, but you will notice other authors too including Asaph, Korah, Solomon and others. One Psalm was written by Moses (Ps. 90). Over the centuries these psalms have been used as a hymnbook and a prayerbook for Jewish and Christian people alike. Many of the Psalms speak of mankind's need of a savior, remind us of God's faithfulness, and prophesy of a coming Messiah, the Savior. Back to List
The Song of Solomon
The Song of Solomon is a collection of love poetry.
Not only are they an expression of human love, but they reveal the deep yearnings that Christ the bridegroom has for his beloved, the believers (known as the "Church" or the "Bride of Christ"). Back to List
Lamentations reveal the deep bitterness and mourning that the Jewish people felt after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire in 586 B.C.
Although this book was written by the prophet Jeremiah and it is located in the Bible following the Book of Jeremiah, it is considered a book of poetry for its poetical form. Back to List
The Book of Job
The Book of Job is a wonderful book that reflects on the unjust suffering of a righteous man of God. Job's three friends assume he did some evil to deserve to suffer. Job's wife even tells him to curse God and die.
But in the end, beginning in chapter 38, God answers by asking them questions far beyond man's ability to answer. In this, God makes clear His ultimate handling of circumstances beyond our control. Job is finally rewarded for his faithfulness and willingness to pray for his friends. Back to List
The Book of Proverbs
Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings. Topics include: the need for God's wisdom in life; the purpose of wise sayings; the fear of the Lord; divine providence; folly and foolishness; knowledge; discipline; repentence; wickedness; consequences; integrity; motive of the heart; worship; pride and humility; love and hate; self-control; raising children; relationships; greed; drunkenness and gluttony; temper and patience; slander and gossip; and wealth and poverty.
This is not a complete list, but it gives you an idea of the wide range of topics that the proverbs discuss. If you need to know how to handle a given situation, there is more than likely a proverb just for that. Back to List
King Solomon, which the Bible states as the wisest man to have walked on this earth, wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes. He wanted to understand the meaning of life, like so many of us do today. He had everything. He was rich beyond measure. He was powerful. He was a beloved King. He had hundreds of women. He lived in splendor. He had hundreds of servants. Most of us believe that if we had all that we would be happy.
Yet King Solomon said all of it was vanity (which means useless). In his wisdom, he realizes that this life doesn't last very long and unless you have a relationship with God, you really have nothing. He advises all people to live a life pleasing to God, full of joy, and share it with your spouse whom you have loved from your youth.
Back to List
Poetry & Wisdom