The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel: Proverbs 1:2 For the knowledge of wisdom and correction, for discerning the sayings of intelligence; Proverbs 1:3 For receiving the correction of prudence, righteousness and justice, and equity; Proverbs 1:4 For giving To the simple shrewdness, To the young man, knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:5 A wise man, will hear, and will increase learning, and a, discreet man, wise counsels, will acquire, Proverbs 1:6 By gaining discernment of proverb, and satire, the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 The reverence of Yahweh, is the beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and correction, the foolish have despised. Proverbs 1:8 Hear, my son, the correction of thy father, and do not reject the instruction of thy mother; Proverbs 1:9 For, a wreath of beauty, shall they be to thy head, and chains of ornament, to thy neck.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, do not consent. Proverbs 1:11 If they sayCome with us,Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us watch in secret for him who is needlessly innocent; Proverbs 1:12 Let us engulf them, like hades, alive, While in health, like them who are going down to the pit; Proverbs 1:13 All costly substance, shall we find, We shall fill our houses with spoil; Proverbs 1:14 Thy lot, shalt thou cast into our midst, One purse, shall there be, for us all. Proverbs 1:15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Withhold thy foot from their path. Proverbs 1:16 For, their feet, to mischief, do run, and haste to the shedding of blood. Proverbs 1:17 Surely, in vain, is spread the net, in the sight of aught that hath wings! Proverbs 1:18 Yet, they, for their own blood, lie in wait, They watch in secret for their own life. Proverbs 1:19 Such are the ways of every one that graspeth with greed, The life of the owners thereof, it taketh away!
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom, in the open place, soundeth forth, in the broadways, she raiseth her voice; Proverbs 1:21 At the head of bustling streets, she crieth aloud,at the openings of the gates in the cityher sayings, she doth utter: Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and, scoffers, in scoffing, delight them? and, dullards, hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 Will ye turn, at my reproof? Lo! I will pour out to you my spirit, I will make known my words to you.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I called, and ye refused, I stretched out my hand, and no one regarded; Proverbs 1:25 But ye dismissed all my counsel, and, to my rebuke, would not yield, Proverbs 1:26 I also, at your calamity, will laugh, I will mock, when cometh your dread; Proverbs 1:27 When cometh as a crashing your dread, and, your calamity, as a storm-wind, overtaketh, when there come upon you, distress and anguish. Proverbs 1:28 Then, will they call me, but I will not answer, they will seek me diligently, but shall not find me. Proverbs 1:29 Because they hated knowledge, and, the reverence of Yahweh, did not choose; Proverbs 1:30 Consented not to my counsel, disdained all my rebuke, Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and, with their own counsels, be filled. Proverbs 1:32 For, the turning away of the simple, will slay them,and, the carelessness of dullards, will destroy them. Proverbs 1:33 Whereas, he that hearkeneth unto me, shall dwell safely, and be at rest, without dread of misfortune.