Introduction to the Book 1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:2 To learn wisdom and moral instruction,and to discern wise counsel.3 To receive moral instruction in skilful living,in righteousness, justice, and equity.4 To impart shrewdness to the morally naive,and a discerning plan to the young person.5 (Let the wise also hear […]
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.
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.
Benefits of Seeking Wisdom 1 My child, if you receive my words,and store up my commands within you,2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom,and by turning your heart to understanding,3 indeed, if you call out for discernment –raise your voice for understanding –4 if you seek it like silver,and search for it like hidden […]
Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord 1 My child, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,2 for they will provide a long and full life,and they will add well-being to you.3 Do not let truth and mercy leave you;bind them around your neck,write them on the tablet of […]
Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 1 Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.2 Because I give you good instruction,do not forsake my teaching.3 When I was a son to my father,a tender only child before my mother,4 he taught me, and he said to me:“Let your […]
Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil 1 My child, be attentive to my wisdom,pay close attention to my understanding,2 in order to safeguard discretion,and that your lips may guard knowledge.3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,and her seductive words are smoother than olive oil,4 but in the end she is bitter as […]