This book begins the proverbs of Solomon, as announced in the very first verse. Solomon is famous for his wisdom, greater than any man or king in the known world of his day. He begins the chapter by extollling the value of wisdom. He says that a wise man will hear and learn in order to know wisdom and instruction. He will pursue justice, judgment, discretion, and equity. He follows up with this statement:
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
He then discusses the need to shun evil counsel. He begins by encouraging young people to heed the instruction of their parents, for that instruction is like a beautiful jewel. He further instructs young people to shun the enticements of sinners, who seek to draw them into sin and criminal activity, such as assault and theft. He tells them not to walk with them or keep company with them, because they will be caught in their sins and suffer, like a bird in a net. Their crimes will return upon their own heads.
This book will be full of Solomon’s wisdom, plus others who contribute to these writings. He offers here the admonition to listen to the right teaching. There are many voices vying for your attention. There are many groups hoping to have you join forces with them. However, if you listen to the wrong temptation you can be harmed for life. Listen to the right voices, heed the wisdom of the ages, and be Godly in all that you do. The wisdom that begins with the fear of the Lord is the only true wisdom!