Proverbs 1

The Usefulness of Proverbs

The a proverbs of Solomon b the son of David, king of Israel: To know c wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of d understanding,
To e receive instruction in wise behavior,
f Righteousness, justice and equity;
To give g prudence to the
Lit simple ones
naive,
To the youth i knowledge and discretion,
A wise man will hear and j increase in learning,
And a k man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their l riddles.

m The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

n Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And o do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
Indeed, they are a p graceful wreath to your head
And
Lit necklaces
,
r ornaments about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners s entice you,
t Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us u lie in wait for blood,
Let us v ambush the innocent without cause;
12 Let us w swallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who x go down to the pit;
13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 Throw in your lot
Lit in the midst of us
with us,
We shall all have one purse,”
15 My son z do not walk in the way with them.
aa Keep your feet from their path,
16 For ab their feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
17 Indeed, it is
Lit in vain
useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any
Lit possessor of wing
bird;
18 But they ae lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
19 So 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;
21 At 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
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?
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;
25 And you ar neglected all my counsel
And did not as want my reproof;
26 I will also at laugh at your au calamity;
I will mock when your av dread comes,
27 When 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,
29 Because 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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