The opening verses of the book of Proverbs give a great summary of their purpose:
For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
If it sounds like a pretty important book, it is! That's why I suggested that we get into the
habit of reading a chapter each day.
The first actual proverb ("wise saying") tells us the foundation of real wisdom:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
In other words, there can be no true wisdom apart from trust in God.
God bless your reading,