Psalms 150** The subject of this book may be thus stated by an enlargementon the opening verses. 1. The Proverbs of Solomon, the son ofDavid, king of Israel. 2. Which treat of the knowledge ofwisdom, of piety towards God, of instruction and moraldiscipline, of the understanding wise and prudent counsels. 3.Which treat of the attainment of instruction in wisdom, whichwisdom is to be shown in the conduct of life, and consists inrighteousness with regard to our fellow-creatures. 4. Whichtreat of the giving to the simple sagacity to discover what isright, by supplying them with just principles, and correct viewsof virtue and vice; and to the young man knowledge, so that heneed not err through ignorance; and discretion, so that bypondering well these precepts, he may not err through obstinacy.Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find greatnumbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice,national contempt, and animosities. The principles of theProverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence,and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they arethe word of God. * The use of the Proverbs. (1-6) Exhortations to fear God andobey parents. (7-9) To avoid the enticings of sinners. (10-19)The address of Wisdom to sinners. (20-33)
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