The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The Parables of Salomon the sonne of Dauid King of Israel, Proverbs 1:2 To knowe wisdome, and instruction, to vnderstand ye wordes of knowledge, Proverbs 1:3 To receiue instruction to do wisely, by iustice and iudgement and equitie, Proverbs 1:4 To giue vnto the simple, sharpenesse of wit, and to the childe knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:5 A wise man shall heare and increase in learning, and a man of vnderstanding shall attayne vnto wise counsels, Proverbs 1:6 To vnderstand a parable, & the interpretation, the wordes of ye 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 thy fathers instruction, and forsake not thy mothers teaching. Proverbs 1:9 For they shalbe a comely ornament vnto thine head, and as chaines for thy necke.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My sonne, if sinners doe intise thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with vs, we will lay waite for blood, and lie priuilie for the innocent without a cause: Proverbs 1:12 We wil swallow them vp aliue like a graue euen whole, as those that goe downe into the pit: Proverbs 1:13 We shall finde all precious riches, and fill our houses with spoyle: Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among vs: we will all haue one purse: Proverbs 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou in the way with them: refraine thy foote from their path. Proverbs 1:16 For their feete runne to euill, & make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:17 Certainely as without cause the net is spred before the eyes of all that hath wing: Proverbs 1:18 So they lay waite for blood and lie priuily for their liues. Proverbs 1:19 Such are the wayes of euery one that is greedy of gaine: he would take away the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdome cryeth without: she vttereth her voyce in the streetes. Proverbs 1:21 She calleth in the hye streete, among the prease in the entrings of the gates, and vttereth her wordes in the citie, saying, Proverbs 1:22 O ye foolish, howe long will ye loue foolishnes? and the scornefull take their pleasure in scorning, and the fooles hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 (Turne you at my correction: loe, I will powre out my mind vnto you, and make you vnderstand my wordes)
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I haue called, & ye refused: I haue stretched out mine hand, & none woulde regarde. Proverbs 1:25 But ye haue despised all my counsell, and would none of my correction. Proverbs 1:26 I will also laugh at your destruction, and mocke, when your feare commeth. Proverbs 1:27 Whe your feare cometh like sudden desolation, & your destruction shall come like a whirle wind: whe affliction & anguish shal come vpo you, Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call vpon me, but I will not answere: they shall seeke me early, but they shall not finde me, Proverbs 1:29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not chuse the feare of the Lord. Proverbs 1:30 They would none of my counsell, but despised all my correction. Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shal they eate of ye fruite of their owne way, and be filled with their owne deuises. Proverbs 1:32 For ease slaieth the foolish, and the prosperitie of fooles destroyeth them. Proverbs 1:33 But he that obeyeth me, shall dwell safely, and be quiet from feare of euill.