THE PROVERBES. Chapter 1
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1 The vse of the Prouerbes. 7 An exhortation to feare God and beleeue his word. 10 To auoyd the intisings of sinners. 20 Wisdome complaineth of her contempt. 24 She threatneth her contemners.
1The Prouerbes of Solomon the sonne of Dauid, King of Israel,
2To knowe wisedome and instruction, to perceiue the words of vnderstanding,
3To receiue the instruction of wisdome, iustice, and iudgement & equitie,3
4To giue subtiltie to the simple, to the yong man knowledge and discretion.4
5A wise man wil heare, and wil increase learning: and a man of vnderstanding shall attaine vnto wise counsels:
6To vnderstand a prouerbe, and the interpretation; the wordes of the wise, and their darke sayings.6
7¶ The feare of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fooles despise wisedome and instruction.7
8My sonne, heare the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
9For they shall be an ornament of grace vnto thy head, and chaines about thy necke.9
10¶ My sonne, if sinners entise thee, consent thou not.
11If they say, Come with vs, let vs lay wait for blood, let vs lurke priuily for the innocent without cause:
12Let vs swallow them vp aliue, as the graue, and whole, as those that goe downe into the pit:
13Wee shall finde all precious substance, wee shall fill our houses with spoile:
14Cast in thy lot among vs, let vs all haue one purse:
15My sonne, walke not thou in the way with them; refraine thy foot from their path:
16For their feete runne to euil, and make haste to shed blood.16
17Surely in vaine the net is spread in the sight of any bird.17
18And they lay wait for their owne blood, they lurke priuily for their owne liues.
19So are the waies of euery one that is greedie of gaine: which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20¶ Wisedome crieth without, she vttereth her voice in the streets:20
21Shee crieth in the chiefe place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she vttereth her words, saying,
22How long, ye simple ones, will ye loue simplicitie? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fooles hate knowledge?
Reward of fooles.
23Turne you at my reproofe: behold, I will powre out my spirit vnto you, I will make knowen my wordes vnto you.
24¶ Because I haue called, and yee refused, I haue stretched out my hand, and no man regarded:24
25But ye haue set at nought all my counsell, & would none of my reproofe:
26I also will laugh at your calamitie, I wil mocke when your feare commeth.
27When your feare commeth as desolation, and your destruction commeth as a whirlewinde; when distresse and anguish commeth vpon you:27
28Then shall they call vpon mee, but I will not answere; they shall seeke me early, but they shall not finde me:28
29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the feare of the Lord.
30They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproofe.
31Therefore shall they eate of the fruite of their owne way, and be filled with their owne deuices.
32For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fooles shall destroy them.32
33But who so hearkneth vnto mee, shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from feare of euill.
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Proverbs Chapter 1
3 Hebr. equities.
4 Or, aduisement.
6 Or, an eloquent speach.
7 Iob 28.28. psal. 111. 10. prou.9. 10. , Or, the principall part.
9 Hebr. an adding.
16 Isa.59.7. rom.3. 15.
17 Hebr. in the eyes of euery thing that hath a wing.
20 Hebr. wisedomes, that is, excellent wisedome. , Prou.8. 1.
24 Isa.65.12. and 66.4. ier.7.13. ezech.8.18
27 Iob.27. 9 isa. 1. 15. ier.11.11. & 14. 12.
32 Or, ease of the simple.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania