The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding; Proverbs 1:3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness and judgment and equity; Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion: Proverbs 1:5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; and that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels: Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: [but] the foolish 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 For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause; Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, and whole, as those that go down into the pit; Proverbs 1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil; Proverbs 1:14 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; we will all have one purse: Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:17 For in vain is the net spread, in the eyes of any bird: Proverbs 1:18 And these lay wait for their own blood, they lurk privily for their own lives. Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; she uttereth her voice in the broad places; Proverbs 1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; at the entering in of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words: Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and scorners delight them in scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; Proverbs 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh in [the day of] your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; Proverbs 1:27 When your fear cometh as a storm, and your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you. Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me diligently, but they shall not find me: Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: Proverbs 1:30 They would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof: Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. Proverbs 1:32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, and shall be quiet without fear of evil.