Awesome Analogies

Scripture: Proverbs 1-4,8-9,26,30

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God wants us to follow godly wisdom like that found in Proverbs.
  • Students will learn there were several wise, godly men who taught people when Solomon was alive, but the majority of the Proverbs in the Bible were written by Solomon.
  • Students will learn any wisdom given us outside of the Bible should be compared to the Bible, to make sure the advice is indeed wise.
  • Students will learn how to write analogies.

Guiding Question: How are literary devices used in the Bible?

Materials: Paper, pencils

Procedure: Review the Proverbs of wisdom and foolishness. Emphasize Proverbs 1:20-33. Reread these verses and ask students what seems strange about how they are written. Who is the main character? Wisdom. Explain that personification is giving human characteristics to nonhuman things. It is important to understand literary devices such as this in order to better understand the Bible.

Introduce the activity. Introduce students to analogies. Explain that analogies help us understand something by comparing one thing to another. More information/examples: Have the students create as many analogies as possible for “wisdom is to ____ as foolishness is to _____”.  When the students run out of ideas, have them create other analogies about concepts in the Bible.

Additional Questions: How can students practice analogies?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create analogies for their peers to solve. Then check and see if they got the right answer.

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