Authorship and Origin:

This book whch is frequently called 'The book of wise sayings', is attributed to Solomon (970-930 B.C..). Books of this type were common in the ancient world as collections of the sayings of esteemed rulers. While Solomon wrote most of the proverbs, others were added to his basic collection at various times, and the book probably took it's present form during the time of Hezekiah (715-686 B.C.) as suggested by verse 25:1.

Overview and Significant sections

The collection of sayings is designed to guide the reader's daily choices and covers many topics including interpersonal relationships and attitudes toward work. Proverbs can be used by believers today in many helpful ways. Often it is read until a significant thought is prominent, or a chapter at a time seeking a new principle to apply to the current day or week. It can also be studied for wisdom on a single topic.

Significant sections:

For more detailed study:
Read Chapter 1. (the entire book is available starting here.)
The Concise Matthew Henry Commentary on this book. introduction of this book.
the World Wide Study Bible has Dictionary, Commentary, Scripture and sermons available on this book.