14 Best Proverbs Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) The Book Of Proverbs: Chapters 1-15. (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)



Top Proverbs Commentaries // #1

Renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke (an American Reformed evangelical professor of Old Testament and Hebrew) presents the Book of Proverbs for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. One of the strong points of this commentary is how Hartley (Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Azusa Pacific Seminary) explains matters in a way that is quite accessible to the layperson.

This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources fore their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.



2) Proverbs (The Preacher’s Commentary, Volume 15)


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Top Proverbs Commentaries // #2

Written by David A. Hubbard  and edited by Lloyd J. Ogilvie Vol. 15 Proverbs blends sound scholarship with life-related illustrations.

Although originally purposed as a minister’s preparation tool, the Preacher’s Complete Homiletical Commentary is also a fine personal study supplement.

The series distinguishes itself as being a commentary “written by preachers for preachers” and offers thousands of pages of: detailed illustrations suitable for devotional study and preaching; suggestive and explanatory comments on verses; theological outlines of passages; expository notes; ketches and relevant quotes and brief critical notes on chapters.


3) The New Interpreter’s Bible: Proverbs – Sirach (Volume 5)


Top Proverbs Commentaries // #3

The New Interpreter’s Bible presents leading biblical scholarship through an in-depth commentary on the complete Bible.  Contributors are leading biblical scholars who are theologically diverse, reflecting a wide range of denominational backgrounds: Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, Jewish, and evangelical. The NIB offers: detailed commentary, text, maps, Reflections sections, contemporary application and more.  These commentaries – including Proverbs – Sirach (Volume 5) – are specifically prepared to meet the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible.



4) Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)

Tremper III Longman thoroughly and scholarly examines Proverbs for Baker Encountering Biblical Studies. Designed for classroom use, each volume in the Baker Encountering the Bible series includes a bibliography, glossary of key terms, chapter objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and focus boxes. The eight books offer the expertise of renowned biblical scholars through an engaging and down-to-earth presentation.


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5) Proverbs: An Introduction & Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries #15)



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The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents Proverbs by Derek Kidner. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Esther has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.



6) An Exposition Of The Book Of Proverbs (1847)


Top Proverbs Commentaries // #6

Kessinger Publishing released this 2010 reproduction of Charles Bridges’ rare An Exposition Of The Book Of Proverbs.  A culturally important work, Kessinger made it available as part of their commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.


7) The Message of Proverbs (Bible Speaks Today)


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Top Proverbs Commentaries // #7

This easy-to-read book on Proverbs by David J. Atkinsonis part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.


8) Proverbs: Everyday Wisdom for Everyone (Focus on the Bible)



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The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.

In Proverbs: Everyday Wisdom for Everyone Eric Lane (who has long investigated the text) succeeds beautifully in presenting a study of Proverbs that can be used as a devotional aid or bible study companion. Lane reveals Proverbs as something much greater than a disconnected collection of inspired sayings.


9) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 22, Proverbs (murphy)


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Top Proverbs Commentaries // #9

A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Proverbs Volume 22 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Dr. Roland E. Murphy – the George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies of Duke University.  Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Proverbs and fills a void in Old Testament studies.

This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


10) Proverbs (The NIV Application Commentary)



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Paul Koptak shares perspectives on Proverbs that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. Dr. Koptak  is the Paul and Bernice Brandel Professor of Communication and Biblical Interpretation at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.
This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


11) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Vol 5) Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs



Top Proverbs Commentaries // #11

Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein, volume 5 of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary focuses on Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.

12) Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary

John Kitchen – Senior Pastor at the Stow Alliance Fellowship, Stow, Ohio – eloquently presents Proverbs for the Mentor Commentary.  The 16 volume Mentor Commentary Series combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. They are essential for pastors to use for sermon preparation, and for students and scholars of the Bible.  While they do discuss textual, linguistic, and grammatical issues, they do so using English, making them accessible for English-only study. Features include: detailed footnotes, bibliography, subject and author indexes and much more.

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13) Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary)



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Duane A. Garrett – the John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky – thoughtfully examines Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs for The New American Commentary.  Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


14) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Top Proverbs Commentaries // #14

Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.



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