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Proverbs 1

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The use of the proverbs.

1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:

1:2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to discern the words of understanding;

1:3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;

1:4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young man:

1:5 that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;
that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:

1:6 to understand a proverb, and parables,
the words and riddles of the wise.

An exhortation to fear God, and believe his word;

1:7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

1:8 My son, listen to your fatherís instruction,
and donít forsake your motherís teaching:

1:9 for they will be a garland to grace your head,
and chains around your neck.

to avoid the enticings of sinners.

1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, donít consent.

1:11 If they say,

ďCome with us,
Letís lay in wait for blood;
letís lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;

1:12 letís swallow them up alive like Sheol,
and whole, like those who go down into the pit.

1:13 Weíll find all valuable wealth.
Weíll fill our houses with spoil.

1:14 You shall cast your lot among us.
Weíll all have one purse.Ē

1:15 My son, donít walk in the way with them.
Keep your foot from their path,

1:16 for their feet run to evil.
They hurry to shed blood.

1:17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:

1:18 but these lay wait for their own blood.
They lurk secretly for their own lives.

1:19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain.
It takes away the life of its owners.

Wisdom complains of her contempt.

1:20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
She utters her voice in the public squares.

1:21 She calls at the head of noisy places.
At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:

1:22 ďHow long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
and fools hate knowledge?

1:23 Turn at my reproof.
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you.
I will make known my words to you.

She threatens her contemners.

1:24 Because I have called, and you have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;

1:25 but you have ignored all my counsel,
and wanted none of my reproof;

1:26 I also will laugh at your disaster.
I will mock when calamity overtakes you;

1:27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind;
when distress and anguish come on you.

1:28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer.
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

1:29 because they hated knowledge,
and didnít choose the fear of Yahweh.

1:30 They wanted none of my counsel.
They despised all my reproof.

1:31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own schemes.

1:32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
The careless ease of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
and will be at ease, without fear of harm.Ē

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