Themes in Proverbs

While taking a class with Professor Carl Laney, I ran across an excellent list of “Themes in Proverbs.” This is his list but I thought it was worth sharing. He starts by saying “The individual proverbs are not generally grouped together topically or in a thematic series. They are quite mixed and any one chapter may contain a great variety of topics. Some of the more important themes and topics in Proverbs include the following:

  • Anger        Prov. 14:17, 29-30; 15:18; 16:14
  • Boasting    Prov. 20:14; 25:14; 27:1
  • Business    Prov. 11:1, 15, 26; 17:8
  • Children    Prov. 10:1; 13:1, 24; 17:25; 20:11
  • Enemies    Prov. 16:7; 24:17; 25:21; 27:6
  • Eyes        Prov. 4:25; 5:21; 16:2; 17:24; 23:29
  • Fear        Prov. 1:7; 3:25; 9:10; 14:16; 15:16; 29:25
  • Fear/Yahweh    Prov. 1:7; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16; 16:6
  • Fool        Prov. 10:1, 8, 14; 12:15, 16, 23; 13:20
  • Friends    Prov. 17:9, 17; 18:24; 27:6
  • Guidance    Prov. 3:5-6; 15:22; 16:3
  • Heart        Prov. 3:5; 4:23; 14:10; 15:13; 20:9; 21:1
  • Honor        Prov. 3:9; 5:9; 15:33; 18:12; 20:3; 26:1
  • Humility    Prov. 11:2; 16:18-19
  • Kings/Rulers    Prov. 16:13-15; 19:12; 20:2
  • Laziness    Prov. 10:4-5; 12:11, 24, 27; 13:4
  • Love        Prov. 5:19; 7:18; 8:17; 10:12; 15:17; 27:5
  • Masters    Prov. 5:19; 7:18; 8:17; 10:12; 15:17; 27:5
  • Neighbors    Prov. 3:29; 11:12; 14:21; 21:10; 25:8-10
  • Parents    Prov. 1:8; 3:12; 14:31; 21:10
  • Peace        Prov. 3:17; 16:7; 20:20
  • Poor        Prov. 14:31; 19:1, 7, 17; 22:2
  • Poverty    Prov. 6:11; 10:15; 11:4, 24-25; 30:8
  • Pride        Prov. 12:9; 13:10; 16:18; 17:19; 29:23
  • Righteousness    Prov. 10:2; 11:4; 14:34; 16:8; 28:1
  • Servants    Prov. 11:29; 17:2; 30:10, 22
  • Shame    Prov. 3:35; 11:2; 18:13
  • Sin        Prov. 14:9, 34; 20:9; 24:9; 28:13
  • Sleep        Prov. 3:24; 4:16; 20:13
  • Soul        Prov. 6:32 11:25, 30; 14:25; 21:23
  • Tongue    Prov. 10:18-21, 31-32; 11:9; 12:22; 19:5
  • Trust        Prov. 3:5; 28:26; 31:11
  • Wealth    Prov. 10:15, 22; 11:4, 24-25; 13:7; 18:11; 23:5
  • Wicked    Prov. 10:28; 12:10; 15:8; 16:4; 24:20; 28:1, 12, 28
  • Wine        Prov. 20:11; 23:31; 31:4, 6
  • Wives        Prov. 12:4; 18:22; 19:14; 31:10-31
  • Women    Prov. 2:16; 11:22; 12:4; 14:1; 21:9, 19; 27:15; 31:3
  • Words        Prov. 12:6; 15:1, 30; 18:8, 14, 21
  • Work        Prov. 10:4-5; 12:11, 24, 27; 13:4; 18:9, 24:27
  • Wrath        Prov. 12:16; 14:17, 29; 16:32; 15:1; 30:33