The Dark Sayings of Proverbs

by William J. Boyd

The title of this book caught my attention immediately. In the introduction the author explains he took the title directly from Proverbs 1:6. "Dark sayings" in Hebrew is the word chiydah (khee-daw) meaning riddle. Dr. Boyd says, "A riddle must be solved by deep thought and meditation." Solomon wrote Proverbs to teach his son principles for leadership. He wanted his son to think deeply so presented him with 31 CHIYDAHs.

In the first complete sentence of each chapter in Proverbs there's a principle for leadership. Understanding the principle opens up a wealth of understanding about the rest of the chapter. I've chosen Proverbs 11:1 and 19:1 to illustrate Dr. Boyd's approach to studying the book of Proverbs.

"A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight" Proverbs 11:1. The first verse tells us the importance of wisdom to avoid deceitful (bad) habits. The rest of the chapter tells what these bad habits are and how to avoid being trapped by them.

"Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool" Proverbs 19:1. Solomon says integrity is the choice of a godly leader. A good reputation is more important than wealth. The rest of Proverbs 19 reinforces the principle.

This little volume provides a fresh perspective of Proverbs for people who want to grow in their Christian life. The book is conservative and accurate in its doctrinal content.

The Dark Sayings of Proverbs (God's Secret Principles For Your Success) may be obtained by mail, phone, or email. Write to Dr. William Boyd, Route 1, Box 155, Little Hocking, OH 45742, call (740) 989-2533 or email

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