The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The Prouerbes of Salomon the sonne of Dauid king of Israell: Proverbs 1:2 too lerne wisdome instruccion, vnderstanding prudence, Proverbs 1:3 righteousnesse, iudgement & equite. Proverbs 1:4 That the very babes might haue wit, and that yongmen might haue knowlege & vnderstanding. Proverbs 1:5 By hearing, the wyse man shall come by more wysedome: & by experience Proverbs 1:6 he shalbe more apte to vnderstande a parable, & the interpretacion therof, þe wordes of the wise, & the darke speaches of the same.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The feare of the Lord is the begynnynge of wysdome. But fooles despise wysdome & destruccion. Proverbs 1:8 My sonne, heare thy fathers doctryne, & forsake not the lawe of thy mother: Proverbs 1:9 for that shall bryng grace vnto thy head, & shall be a cheyne about thy necke.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My sonne, consent not vnto sinners, Proverbs 1:11 if they entise þe, & say: come with vs, let vs leye wayte for bloud, and lurke preuely for þe innocent without a cause: Proverbs 1:12 let vs swalow them vp like þe hel, let vs deuour them quicke & whole, as those þt go doune into the pyt. Proverbs 1:13 So shal we finde al maner of costely riches, & fil our houses wt spoiles. Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among vs, we shall haue all one purse. Proverbs 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou with them, refrayn thy fote from their ways. Proverbs 1:16 For their fete runne to euel, & are hasty to shed bloud. Proverbs 1:17 But in vayn is þe net laied forth before þe byrdes eyes. Proverbs 1:18 Yea, they themselfes laye wayte one for anothers bloud, & one of them wolde sley another. Proverbs 1:19 These are þe ways of all suche as be couetous, þt one wolde rauish anothers life.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdome crieth without, & putteth forth her voyce in the stretes. Proverbs 1:21 She calleth before þe congregacion in the open gates, & sheweth her wordes thorow the citie, saying: Proverbs 1:22 O ye chyldren, how longe will ye loue chyldyshnesse? how long wil the, scorners delite in scorning & the vnwise be enemies vnto knowlege? Proverbs 1:23 O turne you vnto my correccion: lo. I wil expres my mynde vnto you, & make you vnderstande my wordes.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Seing then that I haue called & ye refused it: I haue stretched out my hand, & no man regarded it, Proverbs 1:25 but all my counsayls haue ye despysed, & set my corrections at naught. Proverbs 1:26 Therfore shall I also laugh in your destruccion, & mocke you, when the thyng that ye feare cometh vpon you: Proverbs 1:27 euen when þe thing that ye be afrayed of, falleth in sodenly lyke a storme, & your miseri like a tempest: yea, when trouble & heuinesse commeth vpon you. Proverbs 1:28 Then shal they call vpon me, but I will not heare: they shal seke me early, but thei shal not find me: Proverbs 1:29 And þt because thei hated knowlege, & receyued not the feare of þe Lord, Proverbs 1:30 but abhorred my counsail, & despised my correction. Proverbs 1:31 Therfore shal they eate the frutes of their owne way, & be filled with their oune counsayls: Proverbs 1:32 for the turning away of the vnwyse shal sley them, & the prosperitie of foles shalbe their owne destruccion. Proverbs 1:33 But who so harkeneth vnto me shal dwel safely, and haue ynough without any feare of euell.