Are you a Proverbs 32 guy? Yes, we know there is no thirty-second chapter in the book of Proverbs. And, in deference to the admonition of Revelation not to add or take away from God’s word, Proverbs 32 is merely a compilation of verses that profiles godly manhood. The scriptures that comprise Proverbs 32 were chosen and arranged to parallel the principles of Proverbs 31. It was compiled by Dr. Bob Wenz to serve as a complement to Proverbs 31 and is reproduced here by permission.
A man and his walk
A godly man – who can find him?
He walks humbly with his God. [Micah 6:8]
He makes it his ambition to lead a quiet and Godly life [1Tim 2:2]
so that his daily life may win the respect of outsiders [1 Thess 4:11-12]
He does not let the book of the Law depart from his mouth —
for he meditates on it day and night
so that he may be careful to do everything written in it [Josh 1:8]
for the Lord his God is with him wherever he goes [Josh 1:9]
A man and his wife
He loves his wife, just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her to make her holy.
He loves his wife as he loves his own body,
Whom he feeds and cares for it just as Christ does the church. [Eph 5:25-29]
In the same way he is considerate as he lives with his wife,
treating her with respect as the weaker partner
and as his joint heir of the gracious gift of life. [1 Peter 3:7]
Living in harmony with one another,
he is sympathetic, compassionate and humble. [1 Pet 3:8]
He keeps his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech. [1 Pet 3:10]
A man and his children
He must manage his own family well
and sees that his children obey him with the proper respect. [1 Tim 3:12]
A godly father, he does not exasperate his children,
but brings them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. [Eph 6:5]
He strives to be above reproach, [1 Tim 3:2]
worthy of respect and respectable — [1 Tim 3:8]
in order that he may provide for daily necessities
and not live an unproductive life. [Titus 3:14]
He is strong and courageous –
not terrified and not discouraged.
He does not pursue dishonest gain
and is not a lover of money [1 Tim 3:8]
He is generous on every occasion [2 Cor 9:11]
for God loves a cheerful giver. [2 Cor 9:7]
A man and his world
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders
so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. [1 Tim 3:7]
He is temperate, self-controlled,
not indulging in much wine and is not give to drunkenness.
He is not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome.
His regular physical training is of some value,
but his training for godliness has value for all things,
holding a promise for both the present life and the life to come. [1 Tim 4:8]
A man and his worth
Have you considered my servant?
He is blameless and upright
— a man who fears God and shuns evil
There is not one on earth like him. [Job 1:8]
© 1995, Dr. Bob Wenz. Bob Wenz served for nearly thirty years in pastoral ministry in Michigan, New York, California, and Washington, DC before a tenure as Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals. He now wears several hats –- seminary professor, preaching coach, author, and Minister at Large with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. He lives in Colorado Springs with his “Proverbs 31 wife,” of 31 years, Suellen.