objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Proverbs 1: Introduction & early warnings
Comments: This first chapter lays out the purpose of
the proverbs [v.1-9] and as a contrast, the life of the sinner
is shown and warned against [v.10-19]. Then the writer personifies
‘wisdom' and imagines ‘her' calling out and warning the foolish
against their ways. [v.20-33] Each part is clear and distinct.]
Purpose and theme
The Author – Solomon
proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
The Uses of the Proverbs
wisdom and instruction;
for [ii] understanding
words of insight;
[iii] receiving instruction
in prudent behaviour,
doing what is right and just and
[iv] giving prudence
to those who are simple,
and discretion to the young –
For the wise & discerning to develop
the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning
get guidance –
understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The starting place
fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hold on to your parents' teaching
my son, to your father's instruction
and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
Warnings against the invitation of sinful men
Reject the ways sinners entice
son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
they say, ‘Come along with us;
let's lie in wait for innocent blood,
let's ambush some harmless soul;
swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the
will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
lots with us;
we will all share the loot'–
Avoid such people who look for ways to sin and injure others
son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
Such behaviour is obviously foolish, self-destructive
useless to spread a net
where every bird can see it!
men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!
They grab for gain but lose their lives
are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get
Wisdom Personified brings a rebuke
Wisdom can be found out in the world
in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
Ways of the foolish and how they can change
long will you who are simple love your simple
How long will mockers
delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
How they ignore wisdom
since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention
when I stretch out my hand,
you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
Wisdom will be justified when disaster comes on them
in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you –
calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
By then it will be too late to change
they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find
they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
A man reaps what he sows
they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their
Such folly is self-destructive but wisdom brings security
the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools
will destroy them;
whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.'
to Proverbs 2