|The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:||PROVERBS. The value of Proverbs. Pr.1.1-6|
|That men may know wisdom and instruction, |
understand words of insight,
|receive instruction in wise dealing, |
righteousness, justice, and equity;
|that prudence may be given to the simple, |
knowledge and discretion to the youth -
|the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, |
and the man of understanding acquire skill,
|to understand a proverb and a figure, |
the words of the wise and their riddles.
|The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; |
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
|Advice to young men. Pr.1.7-19|
|Hear, my son, your father's instruction, |
and reject not your mother's teaching;
|for they are a fair garland for your head, |
and pendants for your neck.
|My son, if sinners entice you, |
do not consent.
|If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, |
let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
|like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, |
like those who go down to the Pit;
|we shall find all precious goods, |
we shall fill our houses with spoil;
|throw in your lot among us, |
we will all have one purse" -
|my son, do not walk in the way with them, |
hold back your foot from their paths;
|for their feet run to evil, |
and they make haste to shed blood.
|For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird;|
|but these men lie in wait for their own blood, |
they set an ambush for their own lives.
|Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; |
it takes away the life of its possessors.
|Wisdom cries aloud in the street; |
in the markets she raises her voice;
|Wisdom calls. Pr.1.20-33|
|on the top of the walls she cries out; |
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
|"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? |
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
|Give heed to my reproof; |
behold, I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
|Because I have called and you refused to listen, |
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
|and you have ignored all my counsel |
and would have none of my reproof,
|I also will laugh at your calamity; |
I will mock when panic strikes you,
|when panic strikes you like a storm, |
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
|Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; |
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
|Because they hated knowledge |
and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
|would have none of my counsel, |
and despised all my reproof,
|therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way |
and be sated with their own devices.
|For the simple are killed by their turning away, |
and the complacence of fools destroys them;
|but he who listens to me will dwell secure|
and will be at ease, without dread of evil."
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