Yes! No more Psalms! On to Solomon's advice book. Let us never forget that despite everyone telling us how smart Solomon was, the only actual evidence we have of his brilliance is that he once tried to cut a baby in half.
Solomon starts off his self-help book by telling us The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (v. 7). Jerry Falwell informs us: 'it is a healthy fear, like the fear of electricity' which just underlines the importance of science education, so you won't be afraid of your own light bulbs.
Then he tells us to obey our parents and not to succumb to peer pressure from sinners. Solomon's ideas of what today's youth are up to are much the same as any old person's ever in the history of the world, 'in my day, sinning was breaking your curfew and sneaking into clubs to hear your favourite band play, but kids today, they rob you and murder you without a second thought!'
Wisdom, apparently, has never heard the expression, 'The medium is the message,' because she wanders around the streets calling out to people to follow her or when their destruction comes, she'll laugh at them and ignore their pleas for help. Because people totally believe crazy street preachers.
And so ends the first chapter.