The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The prouerbes of Salomon, the sonne of Dauid kynge of Israel: Proverbs 1:2 to learne wisdome, & to perceaue the instruccyon, and to perceaue the wordes of vnderstondynge: & therby to receaue prudence, Proverbs 1:3 ryghteousnes, iudgement and equite. Proverbs 1:4 That the very simple myght haue wyt, and þt the yonge men myght haue knowledge and true vnderstanding. Proverbs 1:5 By hearing the wise man shall come by more wysedome: and he þt is endewed wt vnderstanding Proverbs 1:6 shal optayn wit to perceaue a parable, & the interpretacyon therof, þe wordes of the wyse, & 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 begynnyng of wysdome. But fooles despyse wysdome & instruccion. Proverbs 1:8 My sonne, heare thy fathers doctrine: & forsake not the lawe of thy mother: Proverbs 1:9 for that shall bringe grace vnto thy heed, and shalbe as a cheyne about thy neck.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My sonne, consente not vnto synners, Proverbs 1:11 yf they entise the, & saye: come with vs, we will laye wayte for bloude, & lurcke preuely for the innocent without a cause: Proverbs 1:12 we shall swalowe then vp lyke the hell, & deuoure them quycke and hole, as those þt go downe into the pyt. Proverbs 1:13 So shall we fynde all maner of costelye ryches, & fill our houses wt spoyles. Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among vs: & let vs haue all one purse. Proverbs 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou with them: refrayne thy fote from their waye. Proverbs 1:16 For their fete runne to euell: & are hasty to shed bloud. Proverbs 1:17 But in vayn is þe net laied forth before þe byrdes eyes: Proverbs 1:18 yee they them selues laye wayte one for anothers bloud & one of them wold sleye another. Proverbs 1:19 These are þe wayes of all soch as be couetous, þe one wold rauysh anothers lyfe.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdome cryeth wtout, & putteth forth her voyce in þe stretes. Proverbs 1:21 She calleth before the congregacyon in the open gates, & sheweth her wordes thorow þe citye, saying: Proverbs 1:22 O ye children, how longe wyll ye loue childesshnes? how longe wyll þe scorners delyte in scorning, & the vnwyse be enemyes vnto knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 O turne you vnto my correccion: lo, I wyll expresse my mynde vnto you, & make you vnderstande my wordes.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 I haue called, & ye refused it: I haue stretched out my hande: & no man regarded it: Proverbs 1:25 but all my councels haue ye despised: & set my correccion at naught. Proverbs 1:26 Therfore shall I also laugh in youre destruccion, & mocke you, when that thinge that ye feare commeth vpon you: Proverbs 1:27 euen when the thynge that ye be afrayed of, falleth in sodenly lyke a storme, & your misery lyke a tempest: yee, when trouble & heuines commeth vpon you. Proverbs 1:28 Then shal they call vpon me, but I wyll not heare: they shall seke me early, but they shall not fynde me. Proverbs 1:29 And that because they hated knowledge, & receaued not the feare of the Lorde: Proverbs 1:30 but abhorred my councell, and despysed all my correccion. Proverbs 1:31 Therfore shall they eate the frutes of theyr awne waye, & be filled with their awne inuencions: Proverbs 1:32 for the turnynge awaye of the vnwyse shall sleye them, and the prosperytie of fooles shalbe their awne destruccyon. Proverbs 1:33 But whoso harkneth vnto me, shall dwell safely, and be sure from any feare of euyll.