Proverbs 1

The Usefulness of Proverbs

1The 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
Lit simple ones
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 Sinners

8 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
And
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 us
with 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 vain
useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any
Lit possessor of wing
bird;
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 Warns

20 ag  Wisdom shouts in the street,
She
Lit gives
lifts 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:
22How long, O
Lit simple ones
,
aj  naive ones, will you love
Or naivete
being simple-minded?
And al  scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools am  hate knowledge?
23Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will an  pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24Because 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.
28Then 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
Lit simple ones
naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33“But bf  he who listens to me shall
Lit dwell
live securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

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