The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise words, mostly written by King Solomon, the third king of united Israel around 900 BC (1). Solomon’s wisdom was a gift of God. The Lord offered him anything when he first became king as a youth. He asked for wisdom so that he could lead Israel. (1 Kings 3:1-15; 2 Chronicles 2:1-17)
Solomon’s purpose was to use his Godly gift to help people gain wisdom and discipline. Modern education consists mostly of retaining information and understanding how to use the information. The proverbs of Solomon go beyond. They are for acquiring wisdom, discipline, and prudence for even the simplest mind.
When I ask God to give me a gift I should consider and intend to use it for others as well as for myself. God gives gifts to bring people together and form an interactive and connected community.