ax 1 Sam 8:18; Job 27:9; 35:12; Ps 18:41; Is 1:15; Jer 11:11; 14:12; Ezek 8:18; Mic 3:4; Zech 7:13; James 4:3
The Usefulness of Proverbs1The a proverbs of Solomon b the son of David, king of Israel: 2To know c wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of d understanding,
3To e receive instruction in wise behavior,
f Righteousness, justice and equity;
4To give g prudence to the ▼naive,
To the youth i knowledge and discretion,
5A wise man will hear and j increase in learning,
And a k man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their l riddles.
7 m The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Enticement of Sinners8 n Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And o do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
9Indeed, they are a p graceful wreath to your head
▼ Lit necklaces, r ornaments about your neck.
10My son, if sinners s entice you,
t Do not consent.
11If they say, “Come with us,
Let us u lie in wait for blood,
Let us v ambush the innocent without cause;
12Let us w swallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who x go down to the pit;
13We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14Throw in your lot ▼
▼ Lit in the midst of uswith us,
We shall all have one purse,”
15My son z do not walk in the way with them.
aa Keep your feet from their path,
16For ab their feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
17Indeed, it is ▼
▼ Lit in vainuseless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any ▼
▼ Lit possessor of wingbird;
18But they ae lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
19So are the ways of everyone who af gains by violence;
It takes away the life of its possessors.
Wisdom Warns20 ag Wisdom shouts in the street,
▼ Lit giveslifts her voice in the square;
21At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
22“How long, O ▼ , aj naive ones, will you love ▼
▼ Or naivetebeing simple-minded?
And al scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools am hate knowledge?
23“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will an pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24“Because ao I called and you ap refused,
I aq stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25And you ar neglected all my counsel
And did not as want my reproof;
26I will also at laugh at your au calamity;
I will mock when your av dread comes,
27When your dread comes like a storm
And your calamity comes like a aw whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28“Then they will ax call on me, but I will not answer;
They will ay seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29Because they az hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30“They ba would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
31“So they shall bb eat of the fruit of their own way
And be bc satiated with their own devices.
32“For the bd waywardness of the ▼naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33“But bf he who listens to me shall ▼
▼ Lit dwelllive securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
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