Proverbs 1:1-9

revised in discussion with Ken

A (1) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

B (2,3) To know wisdom <02451> and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom <07919>, justice, and judgment, and equity;

C (4) To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

D (5) A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

F (6) To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;

D1 (6) the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

C1 (7) The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge:

B1 (7) but fools despise wisdom <02451> and instruction.

A1 (8,9) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

One thought on “Proverbs 1:1-9”

  1. How about:

    A The proverbs of Solomon
    B the son of David, king of Israel;
    C To know wisdom and instruction;
    D to perceive the words of
    E understanding;
    F To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and
    judgment, and equity;
    G To give subtilty to the simple, to the young
    man knowledge and discretion.
    F’ A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
    [‘learning’ = ‘something received’]
    E’ and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise
    counsels: To understand a proverb, and the
    interpretation;
    D’ the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
    C’ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    B’ My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law
    of thy mother:
    A’ For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. [Note: ‘proverb’ = from Heb. “mashal” = to rule the mind. i.e. the instruction and law of the head]

    The point being that Proverbs is written to give instruction to the young – a theme that is repeated throughout the book.

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