The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 These are the prouerbes of Salomon the sonne of Dauid kynge of Israel: Proverbs 1:2 to lerne wysdome nurtoure, vnderstondinge, prudence, Proverbs 1:3 rightuousnesse, iudgment and equite. Proverbs 1:4 That the very babes might haue wyt, and that yonge men might haue knowlege and vnderstondinge. Proverbs 1:5 By hearinge, the wyse ma shal come by more wysdome: and by experience, Proverbs 1:6 he shal be more apte to vnderstonde a parable, and the interpretacion therof: the wordes of the wyse, and the darcke speaches of the same.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The feare of the LORDE is the begynnynge of wysdome. But fooles despyse wysdome and nurtoure. Proverbs 1:8 My sonne, heare thy fathers doctryne, and forsake not the lawe of yi mother: Proverbs 1:9 for that shal brynge grace vnto thy heade, & shalbe a cheyne aboute thy necke.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My sonne, cosente not vnto synners, Proverbs 1:11 yf they entyse the, and saye: come wyth us, let us laye wayte for bloude, & lurke preuely for the innocet wythout a cause: Proverbs 1:12 let us swalowe the vp like ye hell, let us deuoure the quycke and whole, as those that go downe in to the pytt. Proverbs 1:13 So shal we fynde all maner of costly riches, and fyll oure houses wyth spoyles. Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lott amonge us, we shal haue all one purse. Proverbs 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou wt them, refrayne yi fote fro their wayes. Proverbs 1:16 For their fete rune to euell, & are haistie to shed bloude. Proverbs 1:17 But in vayne is ye net layed forth before the byrdes eyes. Proverbs 1:18 Yee they the selues laye wayte one for anothers bloude, and one of the wolde slaye another. Proverbs 1:19 These are the wayes of all soch as be couetous, that one wolde rauysh anothers life.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wysdome crieth without, & putteth forth hir voyce in the stretes. Proverbs 1:21 She calleth before ye congregacion in ye open gates, and sheweth hir wordes thorow ye cite, sayenge: Proverbs 1:22 O ye childre, how loge wil ye loue childyshnesse? how longe wil ye scorners delyte in scornynge, & ye vnwyse be enemies vnto knowlege? Proverbs 1:23 O turne you vnto my correccion: lo, I wil expresse my mynde vnto you, and make you vnderstode my wordes.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Seinge then that I haue called, and ye refused it: I haue stretched out my honde, and no ma regarded it, Proverbs 1:25 but all my coucels haue ye despysed, and set my correccios at naught. Proverbs 1:26 Therfore shal I also laugh in yor destruccion, and mocke you, when ye thinge that ye feare cometh vpon you: Proverbs 1:27 euen whe ye thinge that ye be afrayed of, falleth in sodenly like a storme, and yor misery like a tempest: yee wha trouble and heuynesse cometh vpon you. Proverbs 1:28 Then shal they call vpo me, but I wil not heare: they shal seke me early, but they shal not fynde me: Proverbs 1:29 And yt because they hated knowlege, and receaued not ye feare of ye LORDE, Proverbs 1:30 but abhorred my councell, and despysed my correccion. Proverbs 1:31 Therfore shal they eate ye frutes of their owne waye, and be fylled wt their owne councels: Proverbs 1:32 for ye turnynge awaye of ye vnwyse shal slaye the, & ye prosperi of fooles shalbe their owne destruccio. Proverbs 1:33 But who so harkeneth vnto me, shal dwell safely, and haue ynough without eny feare of euell.