These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David's son, Israel's king -
Written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going;
A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There's something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn - Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God
Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)