The use of the proverbs.
Proverbs 1:1 Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: Proverbs 1:2 For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding sayings of intelligence, Proverbs 1:3 For receiving the instruction of wisdom, Righteousness, judgment, and uprightness, Proverbs 1:4 For giving to simple onesprudence, To a youthknowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:5 (The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the intelligent doth obtain counsels.) Proverbs 1:6 For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, Words of the wise and their acute sayings.
An exhortation to fear God, and believe his Word.
Proverbs 1:7 Fear of Jehovah [is] a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and instruction fools have despised! Proverbs 1:8 Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, And leave not the law of thy mother, Proverbs 1:9 For a graceful wreath [are] they to thy head, And chains to thy neck.
To avoid the enticings of sinners.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee be not willing. Proverbs 1:11 If they say, 'Come with us, we lay wait for blood, We watch secretly for the innocent without cause, Proverbs 1:12 We swallow them as Sheolalive, And wholeas those going down [to] the pit, Proverbs 1:13 Every precious substance we find, We fill our houses [with] spoil, Proverbs 1:14 Thy lot thou dost cast among us, One purse isto all of us.' Proverbs 1:15 My son! go not in the way with them, Withhold thy foot from their path, Proverbs 1:16 For their feet to evil do run, And they haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird. Proverbs 1:18 And they for their own blood lay wait, They watch secretly for their own lives. Proverbs 1:19 So [are] the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, The life of its owners it taketh.
Wisdom complaineth of her contempt.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom in an out-place crieth aloud, In broad places she giveth forth her voice, Proverbs 1:21 At the head of the multitudes she calleth, In the openings of the gates, In the city her sayings she saith: Proverbs 1:22 'Till when, ye simple, do ye love simplicity? And have scorners their scorning desired? And do fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:23 Turn back at my reproof, lo, I pour forth to you my spirit, I make known my words with you.
She threateneth her contemners.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refuse, I stretched out my hand, and none is attending, Proverbs 1:25 And ye slight all my counsel, And my reproof ye have not desired. Proverbs 1:26 I also in your calamity do laugh, I deride when your fear cometh, Proverbs 1:27 When your fear cometh as destruction, And your calamity as a hurricane doth come, When on you come adversity and distress. Proverbs 1:28 Then they call me, and I do not answer, They seek me earnestly, and find me not. Proverbs 1:29 Because that they have hated knowledge, And the fear of Jehovah have not chosen. Proverbs 1:30 They have not consented to my counsel, They have despised all my reproof, Proverbs 1:31 And they eat of the fruit of their way, And from their own counsels they are filled. Proverbs 1:32 For the turning of the simple slayeth them, And the security of the foolish destroyeth them. Proverbs 1:33 And whoso is hearkening to me dwelleth confidently, And [is] quiet from fear of evil!'