Songs from Proverbs

This is the twentieth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Proverbs can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Proverbs 1:9: A Trophy of Grace (McKameys)
  • Proverbs 2:5-6: Trust in the Lord (The Goss Brothers and Jim Wesson)
  • Proverbs 2:5-6: I’m Gonna Trust in the Lord (Speer Family)
  • Proverbs 4:5: Just A Gettin’ It (Kingdom Heirs) (allusion)
  • Proverbs 18:24: Closer Than a Brother (Harvesters, Singing Americans, Imperials)
  • Proverbs 18:24: He’s All I Need (Kingsmen)
  • Proverbs 19:21: One Step at a Time (McKameys)
  • Proverbs 22:6: Train Up Your Children (Dallas Holm)
  • Proverbs 22:6: Monuments (Legacy Five)
  • Proverbs 22:28: The Old Landmark (Couriers, Statesmen, Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Proverbs 22:28: Monuments (Legacy Five) (also see Proverbs 23:10)
  • Proverbs 23:10: Monuments (Legacy Five) (also see Proverbs 22:6)
  • Proverbs 27:17: Steel on Steel (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Proverbs 30:5: Only Trust in Him (McKameys)
  • Proverbs 31: A Mother To Be Praised (Baker-Pasma Families)

What others come to mind?

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  1. I don’t know for sure, but I believe there’s a good possibility Mrs. Dianne got “Just a Gettin’ It” from Proverbs 4:5. “Just a gettin’ it, not forgettin’ it…” Whatcha think?

    • She didn’t write that one – right?

      • You know, I guess not. It sounds like one of hers, and it’s Kingdom Heirs. Now I’m racking my brain trying to think of it. Now I’m racking my brain trying to think of the writer…

        Connection to Proverbs may still apply!

      • I would like to add, in case I didn’t make it clear in that post, that I am racking my brain trying to think of it…

      • I just added it to the post!

        I don’t have song credits for the album handy, but (even though I phrased the above as a question because I liked the way that came off better) I’m fairly confident that she didn’t write it.

      • It’s Phil Cross! LOL! That wouldn’t have been the first name to pop in my head.

      • Mine, either! But I do know he likes plays on words. 🙂

  2. Don’t know it but SGHistory says there’s a song called “Closer Than a Brother” recorded by the Harvesters, Singing Americans, and Imperials. This is a reference to Proverbs 18:24. There are probably other songs out there that have a similar reference.

    • Thanks, and that also brought the Kingsmen classic “He’s All I Need” to mind!

      • Yes! I knew there was a very familiar song with that reference, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Also a little one in the chorus of their recent hit “That’s All I Need,” or “He’s Everything I Need,” or whatever it was y’all decided to call that song. 🙂

  3. Dallas Holm had a song called Train Up Your Children

    • Would it be considered Southern Gospel stylistically? Some of his earlier work probably would.

      • I’ve got a Dallas Holm LP with that song on it, and it was the first one that came to mind when I saw that verse listed above. I would classify it as a Southern Gospel song. Thinking of it now, I could hear Hissong probably singing it in the same style.

      • OK – just added. Thanks!

  4. Not sure if this pertains but the L5 song monuments for the “train up a child in the way….” verse

    “Where are the monuments we should be leaving
    so our children can find the way to get home
    We should be laying stones so they can follow
    the pathway that leads to God’s throne.”
    VS 3
    “Mothers and fathers of this generation
    there’s hope for your family keep this in mind
    Don’t move the landmarks set up for your children
    they will find the way by what we’ve left behind.”


    • There’s somewhat of an allusion there – but on top of that, that reminded me how great a fit the song is for two verses in Proverbs which talk about “don’t move the landmarks set up for your children” – thanks!

  5. It was done on a Benson artists compilation cd in 92 so I guess it would be during his more CCM years. But stylistically I think it is very southern gospel. Chorus is 3 cords and 4/4 time very straight forward. I guess growing up Dallas Holm was kind of like the Imperials to me. Even though they were considered contemporary both always had some hymns or some southern gospel on most albums.

    • Yes, and his Southern Gospel genre success with “Rise Again” (even his own rendition) played into my decision to add it. Thanks!

  6. The Baker-Pasma Families had a song a few years back called “A Mother to Be Praised,” based on Proverbs 31.