Both books are collections written by several authors, with one predominant author in each book. These collections form part of the Old Testament. Both books point the reader to God. They give us insight into God's character. Psalms offers us a glimpse into men's hearts who followed the living God and actually sought God at some point in their lives. It answers our need of emotion. Proverbs gives us principles by which to live, but emotion is not one of its elements. Psalms is a collection of sacred poems/songs. In all the Psalms there is an element of praise. Many are prayers to God. In Psalms the heart of the writer is revealed and his dependence upon God is made manifest. There are several authors: Moses, David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, and the sons of Korah. Some psalm writers are anonymous. Most of the psalms were written by David. Here are a very few verses from Psalms.
Psalm 7:10 - My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. Psalm 8: 1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who has set thy glory above the heavens. PSALM 40: 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Proverbs is a book of wise sayings, many of which state principles. The many sayings were authored by either Solomon, Agur, Lemuel, or other unnamed persons. Solomon is responsible for most of the proverbs. When I think of Proverbs, I think of a book of facts. It is like a list of things under the heading of wisdom. Here is just a very small sample of some of the proverbs:
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh,...
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