The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The Prouerbes of Solomon the sonne of Dauid, King of Israel, Proverbs 1:2 To knowe wisedome and instruction, to perceiue the words of vnderstanding, Proverbs 1:3 To receiue the instruction of wisdome, iustice, and iudgement & equitie, Proverbs 1:4 To giue subtiltie to the simple, to the yong man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:5 A wise man wil heare, and wil increase learning: and a man of vnderstanding shall attaine vnto wise counsels: Proverbs 1:6 To vnderstand a prouerbe, and the interpretation; the wordes of the wise, and their darke sayings.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The feare of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fooles despise wisedome and instruction. Proverbs 1:8 My sonne, heare the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Proverbs 1:9 For they [shall be] an ornament of grace vnto thy head, and chaines about thy necke.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My sonne, if sinners entise thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with vs, let vs lay wait for blood, let vs lurke priuily for the innocent without cause: Proverbs 1:12 Let vs swallow them vp aliue, as the graue, and whole, as those that goe downe into the pit: Proverbs 1:13 Wee shall finde all precious substance, wee shall fill our houses with spoile: Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among vs, let vs all haue one purse: Proverbs 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou in the way with them; refraine thy foot from their path: Proverbs 1:16 For their feete runne to euil, and make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vaine the net is spread in the sight of any bird. Proverbs 1:18 And they lay wait for their [owne] blood, they lurke priuily for their [owne] liues. Proverbs 1:19 So [are] the waies of euery one that is greedie of gaine: [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisedome crieth without, she vttereth her voice in the streets: Proverbs 1:21 Shee crieth in the chiefe place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she vttereth her words, [saying], Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye loue simplicitie? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fooles hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 Turne you at my reproofe: behold, I will powre out my spirit vnto you, I will make knowen my wordes vnto you.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I haue called, and yee refused, I haue stretched out my hand, and no man regarded: Proverbs 1:25 But ye haue set at nought all my counsell, & would none of my reproofe: Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamitie, I wil mocke when your feare commeth. Proverbs 1:27 When your feare commeth as desolation, and your destruction commeth as a whirlewinde; when distresse and anguish commeth vpon you: Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call vpon mee, but I will not answere; they shall seeke me early, but they shall not finde me: Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the feare of the LORD. Proverbs 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproofe. Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eate of the fruite of their owne way, and be filled with their owne deuices. Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fooles shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:33 But who so hearkneth vnto mee, shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from feare of euill.