The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The parables of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom, and instruction: Proverbs 1:3 To understand the words of prudence: and to receive the instruction of doctrine, justice, and judgment, and equity: Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to little ones, to the young man knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 1:5 A wise man shall hear, and shall be wiser: and he that understandeth shall possess governments. Proverbs 1:6 He shall understand a parable and the interpretation, the words of the wise, and their mysterious sayings.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Proverbs 1:9 That grace may be added to thy head, and a chain of gold to thy neck.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners shall entice thee, consent not to them. Proverbs 1:11 If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us hide snares for the innocent without cause: Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow him up alive like hell, and whole as one that goeth down into the pit. Proverbs 1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoils. Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot with us, let us all have one purse. Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou with them, restrain thy foot from their paths. Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:17 But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have wings. Proverbs 1:18 And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise deceits against their own souls. Proverbs 1:19 So the ways of every covetous man destroy the souls of the possessors.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom preacheth abroad, she uttereth her voice in the streets: Proverbs 1:21 At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying: Proverbs 1:22 O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will utter my spirit to you, and will shew you my words.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I called, and you refused: I stretched out my hand, and there was none that regarded. Proverbs 1:25 You have despised all my counsel, and have neglected my reprehensions. Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh in your destruction, and will mock when that shall come to you which you feared. Proverbs 1:27 When sudden calamity shall fall on you, and destruction, as a tempest, shall be at hand: when tribulation and distress shall come upon you: Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall rise in the morning, and shall not find me: Proverbs 1:29 Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of the Lord, Proverbs 1:30 Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof. Proverbs 1:31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and shall be filled with their own devices. Proverbs 1:32 The turning away of little ones shall kill them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:33 But he that shall hear me, shall rest without terror, and shall enjoy abundance, without fear of evils.