Proverbs 1

The reasons (vv. 2–6) and theme (v. 7) of Proverbs are stated. The wise person avoids the way of sinners (vv. 8–19) and heeds wisdom’s rebuke (vv. 20–33).

  • Verse 7 is Proverbs’ “theme” verse. “Beginning” means foundation (built upon) and fount (springs from).
  • Why should you avoid the way of sinners (vv. 16–19)?
  • There is great danger in rejecting wisdom—destruction (vv. 26–27, 32–33), trouble (v. 26), and yet more foolishness than they desire (v. 31).