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"Proverbs" translates to the Hebrew word mashal, and is a collection of "sayings" or "instructions" for a unique society steeped in morals and principles which stem from "right reason" or what natural law calls divine will for man's righteous conduct.

Proverbs 1–9 consists of an invitation to young men to take up the course of wisdom, ten "instructions", and five poems on personified Woman Wisdom. Proverbs mentions women more than any other book but it is not really about women. There are two women, Wisdom and a stranger to Wisdom.

  • Proverbs 1 Tells to "consent thou not" with those who want "one purse" because you will be snared in a net of your own making. They are talking about the covetous systems of socialism which brings a desolation of the character of the individual and the destruction of society which cometh as a whirlwind;
  • Proverbs 2 tells us "layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous" but those who "leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness" their "house inclineth unto death".
  • Proverbs 3 tells us to "forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments" and your " barns [will] be filled with plenty". Seeking the women of wisdom "is a tree of life". "Strive not with a man without cause" and "Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways." This again is about those Benefactors who exercise authority rather than charity.
  • Proverbs 4 This woman "Wisdom is the principal thing". "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men...For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence." This again is about the free bread of men who exercise authority rather than charity and love.
  • Proverbs 5 tells that "the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood" and "strangers [will] be filled with thy wealth" and you will labor in "the house of a stranger". You will become merchandise and a surety for debt. We should only "Drink waters out of thine own cistern" and not what is offered by women estranged to wisdom. "Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad" like bread upon the waters.
  • Proverbs 6 continues these sam warnings that "if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth". Like Nimrod, you will fall prey to the "hand of the hunter". You must work like the ant to keep thy father’s commandment".

  • Proverbs 7 tells us that we must "Keep my commandments, and live... Bind them ... upon the table of thine heart." Because of the strange woman with the her tempting offers of the harlot and "much fair speech" the fool "hasteth to the snare" of "Her house" which "is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death."
  • Proverbs 8 "Doth not wisdom cry?... I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."
  • Proverbs 9 "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars... Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell."

Proverbs 10–22 contrasts the wise man and the fool which is the same as the righteous and the wicked.

The metaphisical reality of creation, divine power, and human ignorance.

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