Psalms 150

** The subject of this book may be thus stated by an enlargement

on the opening verses. 1. The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of

David, king of Israel. 2. Which treat of the knowledge of

wisdom, of piety towards God, of instruction and moral

discipline, of the understanding wise and prudent counsels. 3.

Which treat of the attainment of instruction in wisdom, which

wisdom is to be shown in the conduct of life, and consists in

righteousness with regard to our fellow-creatures. 4. Which

treat of the giving to the simple sagacity to discover what is

right, by supplying them with just principles, and correct views

of virtue and vice; and to the young man knowledge, so that he

need not err through ignorance; and discretion, so that by

pondering well these precepts, he may not err through obstinacy.

Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find great

numbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice,

national contempt, and animosities. The principles of the

Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence,

and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are

the word of God.

* The use of the Proverbs. (1-6) Exhortations to fear God and

obey parents. (7-9) To avoid the enticings of sinners. (10-19)

The address of Wisdom to sinners. (20-33)

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