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The book is an anthology made up of six discrete units.The first, chapters 1–9, was probably the last to be composed, in the Persian or Hellenistic periods."Proverbs" translates the Hebrew word mashal, but "mashal" has a wider range of meaning than the short catchy sayings implied by the English word.Thus, while roughly half the book is made up of "sayings" of this type, the other half is made up of longer poetic units of various types.Chapters 30 and 31 (the "words of Agur," the "words of Lemuel," and the description of the ideal woman) are a set of appendices, quite different in style and emphasis from the previous chapters.These include "instructions" formulated as advice from a teacher or parent addressed to a student or child, dramatic personifications of both Wisdom and Folly, and the "words of the wise" sayings, longer than the Solomonic "sayings" but shorter and more diverse than the "instructions".
This section has parallels to prior cuneiform writings.
The second, chapters 10–, carries the superscription "the proverbs of Solomon", which may have encouraged its inclusion in the Hebrew canon.
Proverbs is not merely an anthology but a "collection of collections" relating to a pattern of life which lasted for more than a millennium.
Wisdom is praised for her role in creation; God acquired her before all else, and through her he gave order to chaos; and since humans have life and prosperity by conforming to the order of creation, seeking wisdom is the essence and goal of the religious life.
The Book of Proverbs (Hebrew: מִשְלֵי, Míshlê (Shlomoh), "Proverbs (of Solomon)") is the second book of the third section (called Writings) of the Hebrew Bible and a book of the Christian Old Testament.When translated into Greek and Latin, the title took on different forms: in the Greek Septuagint (LXX) it became Παροιμίαι Paroimiai ("Proverbs"); in the Latin Vulgate the title was Proverbia, from which the English name is derived.