Proverbs 1


The Purpose of Proverbs

1 The proverbs of Solomon a son of David, king of Israel:
2 For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
3 for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity; b
4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,
Or simple, or gullible
knowledge and discretion e to a young man
5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning, f
and a discerning man will obtain guidance
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable,
Or an enigma

the words of the wise, and their riddles. h

7 The
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge; j
fools despise wisdom and discipline. k

Avoid the Path of the Violent

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, l
9 for they will be a garland m of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck. n
10 My son, if sinners entice you, o
don’t be persuaded. p
11 If they say – “Come with us!
Let’s set an ambush q and kill someone.
Lit Let’s ambush for blood

Let’s attack some innocent person s just for fun!
Lit person for no reason

12 Let’s swallow them alive, u like
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
still healthy as they go down to the
Pit: Either the grave or the realm of the dead
Pit. x
13 We’ll find all kinds of valuable property
and fill our houses with plunder. y
14 Throw in your lot with us,
and we’ll all share our money
Lit us; one bag will be for all of us

15 my son, don’t travel that road with them aa
or set foot on their path, ab
16 because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder.
Lit to shed blood
17 It is foolish to spread a net
where any bird can see it,
18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves;
Lit they ambush for their blood

they attack their own lives.
19 Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; af
it takes the lives of those who receive it.
Lit takes the life of its masters

Wisdom’s Plea

20 Wisdom calls out in the street;
she raises her voice in the public squares. ah
21 She cries out above
Lit at the head of
the commotion;
she speaks at the entrance of the city
gate(s): The center for community discussions, political meetings, and trying of court cases
22 “How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance?
How long will you mockers ak enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge? al
23 If you respond to my warning,
Lit back to my reprimand
then I will pour out my spirit on you ao
and teach you my words.
24 Since I called out and you refused, ap
extended my hand and no one paid attention, aq
25 since you neglected all my counsel ar
and did not accept my correction,
26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. as
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
28 Then they will call me, but I won’t answer;
they will search for me, but won’t find me. at
29 Because they hated knowledge,
didn’t choose to fear the Lord, au
30 were not interested in my counsel,
and rejected all my correction, av
31 they will eat the fruit of their way aw
and be glutted with their own schemes. ax
32 For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, ay
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me will live securely
and be free from the fear of danger.” az
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