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Proverbs (KJV)

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The book of Proverbs is referred to as wisdom literature along with several others: the book of Job, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and certain Psalms, known as wisdom psalms. Throughout Proverbs, wisdom (or the wise person) is compared and contrasted with foolishness (or the fool). 'Fool' in Proverbs indicates one who is lacking in morality and uninterested in correction, not one who is merely silly or playful. Wisdom is held up as something worth effort to attain and the reader is told that it starts with the person of God: "The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

In addition, throughout Proverbs, wisdoms are mostly come from father to son or mother to son structure. This wisdom literature is concerned with the realities of human experience, from the mundane to the sublime, and with the relationship between that experience and the divine. Not only that, we can also find many wisdoms of woman over and over, especially we find reference to Wisdom as a female figure who speaks to the young man and invites him into her house. When we talk about this Woman Wisdom, it speaks frequently in the first person and identifies herself not just as the divine companion, but also as the source of order in society and success in life. Over and over in the book of Proverbs, it addressed a warning to the young man to avoid sexual relationships with a foreign or strange woman. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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This eBook was produced by David Widger [widger@cecomet.net] with the help of Derek Andrew's text from January 1992 and the work of Bryan Taylor in November 2002.

Book 20 Proverbs

20:001:001 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

20:001:002 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

20:001:003 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

20:001:004 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

20:001:005 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

20:001:006 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

20:001:007 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

20:001:008 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

20:001:009 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck... Continue reading book >>


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