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“I simply cannot say enough about Ortlund’s treatment of the book of Proverbs. There is depth here—scholarship disguised as pastoral advice. There is breadth here—quoting diverse people from Descartes to Sherlock Holmes. There is heart here—the heart of an evangelist, a pastor, a friend, and one who truly understands the Word. Proverbs: Wisdom that Works shines God’s light on your day in every area of life.”
—Woodrow Kroll, President, Back to the Bible; author, Proverbs: God’s Guide for Life’s Choices
“Ortlund not only speaks wisdom, he models how to speak it. He not only lights the way on how to preach Proverbs, but on how to walk in wisdom—and he makes me want to do both! Almost immediately I had two reactions: ‘Why am I not preaching Proverbs right now?’ and ‘Why am I not wiser by now?’ Turn here not just to hear about wisdom, but also to taste it. You’ll find the savor reverently worshipful, theologically rich, and relentlessly practical.”
—John Kitchen, Senior Pastor, Stow Alliance Fellowship, Stow, Ohio; author, Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary
“The strength of Ray Ortlund’s study of Proverbs is its Christ-centeredness. The wisdom of Proverbs loses none of its practical value, but rather is given its ultimate fulfillment as an expression of the wisdom of Christ.”
—Graeme Goldsworthy, Former Lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics, Moore Theological College
“Proverbs: Wisdom that Works models powerful, profound, relevant expository preaching. The expositions are God-centered, Christ-centered, practical, evangelistic, life-changing, and life-giving. For Proverbs 1–9, each exposition digs deeply into the meaning of the passage in its original context, connects it with the New Testament (especially with Jesus Christ), and demonstrates astutely its contemporary relevance with illustrations and quotations. The last seven chapters bring together various proverbs under seven topics: the tongue, humility, family, emotions, friendship, money, and life and death. The oral style provides easy reading for deep, wise insights. A superb source for preachers preparing a series of Christian sermons on the book of Proverbs and for Bible study groups interested in studying biblical wisdom.”
—Sidney Greidanus, Professor of Preaching Emeritus, Calvin Theological Seminary; author, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
“For the pastor who desires to preach Proverbs, this book will prove to be an important tool. Ortlund’s scholarly giftedness and his pastoral passions combine to create an accurate, readable, and Christ-centered guide to Solomon’s great book of ‘love and faithfulness.’”
—George W. Robertson, Senior Minister, The First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia; author, Deuteronomy: More Grace, More Love
“I have been an appreciative reader and user of R. Kent Hughes’ series of Preaching the Word. It is therefore a joy to commend the most recent addition to that series in Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.’s Proverbs: Wisdom that Works. It goes without saying that we in the evangelical Church have long needed an exposition of this book, for it really does deal with 'where the rubber meets the road' on the hard realities of living the Christian life. I enjoyed each chapter of Ray’s exposition and with thanksgiving to our Lord commend this work to all of God’s people—both pastors, leaders and laypersons. It touches on the basic fabric of life with a note of divine authority and practicality.”
—Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife Jan have four children.
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
Well Ray Ortlund reminds us that the book of Proverbs in the Bible gives us a great recipe for wisdom.
Since this commentary is rather concise, and since Proverbs is a notoriously difficult book to preach straight through, Ortlund opts for a hybrid approach to the text.
Here, Ortlund surveys the book of Proverbs noting the particular texts therein where the topics are addressed.
For any Christian looking to deepen their knowledge in Proverbs, this is the book!!! Ray Ortlund is truly a gifted teacher.Published 3 months ago by sandy brown
Not only is this an outstanding exposition of the wisdom of the Proverbs, it is an comforting reminder of the gospel of grace. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Luke Doiron
Really enjoyed this book. Easy to read but full of great truth that you can practically apply. I highly recommend it.Published 11 months ago by Whit G.
Daily advice in how to survive in this world of today Words of wisdom everyone should live by. Best way to teach your children how to make it in this world of todayPublished 15 months ago by Dorothy Robertson
This commentary is simply the best one I have ever read on the book of Proverbs. It is gospel centered, extremely easy to read, winsome, insightful, And extremely helpful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephen Altrogge
This is an easy informative read to aid in your daily walk with the Lord. Would be a good book for a bible study group.Published 22 months ago by Deanie
Preaching the Word Commentary Series, R. Kent Hughes, Series Editor
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I really appreciate Ortland's work here on the Proverbs. It is extremely accessible to the layman but extremely valuable to the pastor as well. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Gregory T Smith