Proverbs 1

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and discipline, to comprehend the words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise living, in righteousness, justice, and equity, 4 to impart prudence to the simple,
The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs refers to one who is naive, without moral direction, or inclined to evil
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 {let} the wise listen and gain instruction, and the discerning acquire wise counsel— 6 to understand the proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [but] fools
The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs denote one who is morally deficient
despise wisdom and discipline.

The Enticement of Sin

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother. 9 For they [are] a garland of grace on your head, and a pendant around your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not yield [to them] . 11 If they say, “Come along, let us lie in wait for blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause, 12 let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole like those descending into the Pit. 13 We {will} find all manner of precious goods; we {will} fill our houses with plunder. 14 Throw in your lot with us, let us all have one purse”— 15 my son, do not walk the road with them or set foot upon their path. 16 For their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed blood. 17 How futile to spread the net where any bird can see it. 18 But they lie in wait for their [own] blood; they ambush their [own] lives. 19 Such [is] the fate of all who are greedy, whose unjust gain takes the lives of its possessors.

Wisdom Calls Aloud

20 Wisdom calls out in the street, she lifts her voice in the square, 21 in the main concourse
Or from the top of the wall
she cries aloud, at the city gates she makes her speech:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge? 23 If you had repented at my rebuke, then surely I would have poured out my spirit on you; I would have made my words known to you. 24 Because you refused my call, and no one took my outstretched hand, 25 because you neglected all my counsel, and wanted none of my correction, 26 in turn I will mock your calamity; I will sneer when terror strikes you, 27 when your dread comes like a storm, and your destruction like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish overwhelm you. 28 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they {will} earnestly seek me, but {will} not find me. 29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. 30 They accepted none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. 31 So they {will} eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the waywardness of the simple {will} slay them, and the complacency of fools {will} destroy them. 33 But whoever listens to me {will} dwell in safety, secure from the fear of evil.”
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