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Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgment and equity; To give subtilty.(JPS.has it for 'subtilty', 'prudence').to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion..(note the givingness to improve others)

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and will increase learning and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.(he'll acquire knowledge that he can use to become a better individual:.Proverbs 11:14).

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.(riddle, difficult question, parable, enigmatic saying or question, perplexing saying or question).

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father and forsake not the law of you mother.

Proverbs 1:10-14 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent you not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk.privily for the innocent without cause. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave and whole, as those that go down into the pit. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil. Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse.(we'll split evenly what we take).

Proverbs 1:15-18 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path, for their feet run to evil.(they are getting into big trouble).and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.(surely anyone can see where they are headed in life). And they lay wait for their own blood.(what they do they do to themselves); they lurk.privily for their own lives.(their purpose is always being out to see what they can get for the self).

Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof..(the fool doesn't realize these ways are tricks of the devil to eventually destroy him; many rich people are fools:.Psalms 39:6; Psalms 49:6,10 "They that trust in their wealth and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches...the fool and the brutish person perish and leave their wealth to others.".and such was ancient king Benhadad)

Proverbs 1:20,21 Wisdom cries without. She utters her voice in the streets. She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates. In the city she utters her words, saying, 

Proverbs 1:22 How long you simple ones will you love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning and fools hate knowledge?.(the simple one does whatever at the present he feels he wants to, with no idea and/or regard for what his present actions may mean later to him or to others affected)

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof.(learn).and behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(lead you in understanding the import of what I'm saying)

Proverbs 1:24-30 But because I have called and you refused I have stretched out my hand and no man regarded.(they didn't listen), but you have set at nought all my counsel.(set aside all my words of advice for your life to be better).and would none of my reproof.(didn't care at all when I brought it to your attention), I also will laugh at your calamity and I will mock when your fear comes. When your fear comes as desolation and your destruction comes as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish comes upon you, then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer. They shall seek me early, but they shall not find me, for that they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD.(what's this?). They wanted none of my counsel.(Jeremiah 5:21-31).and despised all my reproof.

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away.(turning away from wisdom, see earlier verses).of the simple.(those not thinking in time; reacting only to the moment).shall slay them and the prosperity of fools.(those addicted to wealth and power spend their lives missing the spiritual because their efforts are always toward selfish advantage; but they die anyway and then what do they have:.Jeremiah 6:15-17).shall destroy them.

Proverbs 2:2 So that you incline your ear unto wisdom and apply your heart to understanding.(begin on the pathway of understanding and you'll arrive at an overstanding).

Proverbs 2:3-5 Yea, if you cry after knowledge.(Matthew 7:7,8).and lift up your voice for understanding. If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hid treasures, then you'll understand the fear.(?) of the LORD.(what's the 'Lord'?).and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom. Out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous.(and who are they?). He is a buckler.(shield).to them that walk uprightly.

Proverbs 2:8,9 He keeps the paths of judgment and preserves the way of his saints.(Deuteronomy 33:2). Then shall you understand righteousness and judgment and equity, yea, every good path.

Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom enters into your heart and knowledge is pleasant unto your soul;

Proverbs 2:11 Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you.

Proverbs 2:12,13.To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks froward.(original 'manipulate to gain selfish advantage', the way the ego is).things; Who leave the paths of uprightness.(*).to walk in the ways of darkness.

Proverbs 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.(why? because some selfish advantage is gained by being so);

Proverbs 2:15 Whose ways are crooked and they are froward in their paths.

Proverbs 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;

Proverbs 2:17-20 Which forsakes the guide of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house inclines unto death and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That you may walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of the righteous. 

Proverbs 3:1,2 My son, forget not my law.(what law today?), but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and long life and peace, shall they add to you..(here in Proverbs, the wise Solomon was able to delineate the higher consciousness of love from the Mosaic Law in effect back then, seeing the intent of God behind all the over 600+ laborious do's and don'ts of rules, regulations, etc.)

Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them about your neck. Write them upon the table of your heart.(remember them always).

Proverbs 3:4 So shall you find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.(we often lurch off to solutions of our own concocting, not realizing the Creator can alter.circumstances in life right where we are at, like, what's not possible for the Creator to do for you? An example of leaning unto your own understanding would be if you know it's honest to return the wallet you found with a lot of money in it, but you need the money so badly at this time and so you think, God probably has worked this all out to help me out of my present dilemma; nothing ever precludes the higher consciousness ways of love, of which honesty is one of love's attributes).

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways.(including your thinking about what to do).acknowledge him.(that is, acknowledge that God is indeed inside you; talk silently to the Creator about all and anything of importance to you, why?.Matthew 6:33; Luke 11:9).and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes. Fear.(?).the LORD and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD, neither be weary of his correction.

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights..(Hebrews 12:6)

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom and the man that gets understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her and happy is every one that retains her.

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.

Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew.

Proverbs 3:21-23 My son, let not them.(the ways of wisdom as described just above in this chapter).depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion. So shall they be life unto your soul and grace to your neck. Then shall you walk in your way safely and your foot shall not stumble.

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid. Yea, you shall lie down and your sleep shall be sweet.(Psalms 127:2; *).

Proverbs 3:25,26 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes. For the LORD shall be your confidence and shall keep your foot from being taken.

Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

Proverbs 3:28 Say not unto your neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give, when you have it by you.

Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 4:5,6 Get wisdom, get understanding. Forget it not. neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not and she shall preserve you. Love her and she shall keep you.

Proverbs 4:7.Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and with all your getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:8-10 Exalt her and she shall promote you. She shall bring you to honour, when you do embrace her. She shall give to your head an ornament of grace. A crown of glory shall she deliver to you. Hear, O my son and receive my sayings and the years of your life shall be many.

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness. They know not at what they stumble..(and what is that they are stumbling at?)

Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words.(why you are here in the first place). Incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart. For.they are life.unto those that find them and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.(in the original Hebrew it means 'to guard your mind' because you make your life by thoughts and resultant.attitudes that either sever or enhance.your soul).

Proverbs 4:24 Put away from yourself a froward mouth and perverse.(lips not of love).lips put far from you.

Proverbs 4:25,26 Let your eyes look right on and let your eyelids look straight before you.(find what's good for you and others and stick to it and you won't be stuck in the dark side; how to find it). Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established..(or, closer to the original."Pondering the path of your feet.{where you are going in life and want to go}.establishes your way.".and in this, get some counsel along the way:.Proverbs 11:14)

Proverbs 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.
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