The introduction (chapters 1–9) of the Proverbs constitutes the youngest unit in the book. It consists of a series of poems or discourses in which a father exhorts his son to acquire wisdom and in which wisdom personified intervenes. These chapters have a more speculative quality than the remainder of the book. They do not treat wisdom simply as a human quality and achievement or as a cultural legacy imparted by teachers and parents; they present it as a universal and abiding reality, transcending the human scene.
Wisdom is the first of God’s works and participated with him in the creation of the world. A constantly debated aspect of this section concerns the identity of “the loose [strange] woman” who is set over against Wisdom.
We shall post this 'section' and then take a break for two-weeks for 'review'.
Without further, Proverbs Chapter 1, verbatim. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Proverbs Chapter 1 The subject of this book may be thus stated by an enlargement on the opening verses.
1. The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
2. Which treat of the knowledge of wisdom, of piety towards God, of instruction and moral discipline, of the understanding wise and prudent counsels.
3. Which treat of the attainment of instruction in wisdom, which wisdom is to be shown in the conduct of life, and consists in righteousness with regard to our fellow-creatures.
4. Which treat of the giving to the simple sagacity to discover what is right, by supplying them with just principles, and correct views of virtue and vice; and to the young man knowledge, so that he need not err through ignorance; and discretion, so that by pondering well these precepts, he may not err through obstinacy.
Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find great numbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice, national contempt, and animosities.
The principles of the Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence, and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are the word of God.
Chapter 1 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The use of the Proverbs. (1-6)
Exhortations to fear God and obey parents. (7-9)
To avoid the enticings of sinners. (10-19)
The address of Wisdom to sinners. (20-33)
1 'The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.'
7 'The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.'
We shall have an afternoon post to finish this Chapter 1. Thank you for returning for more in the 'Proverbs'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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