Proverbs 1

Introduction to the Book

1:1 The Proverbs1 of2 Solomon3 son of David,4 king of Israel:5

1:2 To6 learn7 wisdom8 and moral instruction,9

and to discern10 wise counsel.11

1:3 To receive12 moral instruction13 in skillful living,14

in15 righteousness,16 justice,17 and equity.18

1:4 To impart19 shrewdness20 to the morally naive,21

and22 a discerning23 plan24 to the young person.25

1:5 (Let the wise also26 hear27 and gain28 instruction,

and let the discerning29 acquire30 guidance!31)

1:6 To discern32 the meaning of33 a proverb and a parable,34

the sayings of the wise35 and their36 riddles.37

Introduction to the Theme of the Book

1:7 Fearing the Lord38 is the beginning39 of moral knowledge,40

but41 fools42 despise43 wisdom and instruction.44

1:8 Listen,45 my child,46 to the instruction47 from48 your father,

and do not forsake the teaching49 from50 your mother.

1:9 For they will be like51 an elegant52 garland53 on54 your head,

and like55 pendants56 around57 your neck.

Admonition to Avoid Easy but Unjust Riches

1:10 My child, if sinners58 try to entice59 you,

do not consent!60

1:11 If they say, “Come with us!

We will61 lie in wait62 to shed blood;63

we will ambush64 an innocent person65 capriciously.66

1:12 We will swallow them alive67 like Sheol,68

those full of vigor69 like those going down to the Pit.

1:13 We will seize70 all kinds71 of precious wealth;

we will fill our houses with plunder.72

1:14 Join with us!73

We will all share74 equally in what we steal.”75

1:15 My child, do not go down76 their way,77

withhold yourself78 from their path;79

1:16 for they80 are eager81 to inflict harm,82

and they hasten83 to shed blood.84

1:17 Surely it is futile to spread85 a net

in plain sight of86 any bird,87

1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood,88

they ambush their own lives!89

1:19 Such90 are the ways91 of all who gain profit unjustly;92

it93 takes away the life94 of those who obtain it!95

Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom

1:20 Wisdom96 calls out97 in the street,

she shouts loudly98 in the plazas;99

1:21 at the head of the noisy100 streets she calls,

in the entrances of the gates in the city101 she utters her words:102

1:22 “How long will you simpletons103 love naiveté?104

How long105 will mockers106 delight107 in mockery108

and fools109 hate knowledge?

1:23 If only110 you will respond111 to my rebuke,112

then113 I will pour114 out my thoughts115 to you

and116 I will make117 my words known to you.

1:24 However,118 because119 I called but you refused to listen,120

because121 I stretched out my hand122 but no one paid attention,

1:25 because123 you neglected124 all my advice,

and did not comply125 with my rebuke,

1:26 so126 I myself will laugh127 when disaster strikes you,128

I will mock when what you dread129 comes,

1:27 when what you dread130 comes like a whirlwind,131

and disaster strikes you132 like a devastating storm,133

when distressing trouble134 comes on you.

1:28 Then they will call to me, but I will not answer;

they will diligently seek135 me, but they will not find me.

1:29 Because136 they hated moral knowledge,137

and did not choose to fear the Lord,138

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned139 all my rebuke.

1:31 Therefore140 they will eat from the fruit141 of their way,142

and they will be stuffed full143 of their own counsel.

1:32 For the waywardness144 of the

simpletons will kill145 them,

and the careless ease146 of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But the one who listens147 to me will live in security,148

and will be at ease149 from the dread of harm.

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