Proverbs 1
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1Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2For knowing wisdom and instruction, "" For understanding sayings of intelligence,

3For receiving the instruction of wisdom, "" Righteousness, judgment, and uprightness,

4For giving to simple ones—prudence, "" To a youth—knowledge and discretion.

5(The wise hear and increase learning, "" And the intelligent obtain counsels.)

6For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, "" Words of the wise and their acute sayings.

7Fear of YHWH [is the] beginning of knowledge, "" Fools have despised wisdom and instruction!

8Hear, my son, the instruction of your father, "" And do not leave the law of your mother,

9For they [are] a graceful wreath to your head, "" And chains to your neck.

10My son, if sinners entice you, do not be willing.

11If they say, “Come with us, we lay wait for blood, "" We watch secretly for the innocent without cause,

12We swallow them as Sheol—alive, "" And whole—as those going down [to] the pit,

13We find every precious substance, "" We fill our houses [with] spoil,

14You cast your lot among us, "" One purse is—to all of us.”

15My son! Do not go in the way with them, "" Withhold your foot from their path,

16For their feet run to evil, "" And they hurry to shed blood.

17Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird.

18And they lay wait for their own blood, "" They watch secretly for their own lives.

19So [are] the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, "" It takes the life of its owners.

20Wisdom cries aloud in an out-place, "" She gives forth her voice in broad places,

21She calls at the head of the multitudes, "" In the openings of the gates, "" In the city she says her sayings:

22“Until when, you simple, do you love simplicity? And have scorners desired their scorning? And do fools hate knowledge?

23Turn back at my reproof, behold, "" I pour forth my spirit to you, "" I make known my words with you.

24Because I have called, and you refuse, "" I stretched out my hand, and none is attending,

25And you slight all my counsel, "" And you have not desired my reproof.

26I also laugh in your calamity, "" I deride when your fear comes,

27When your fear comes as destruction, "" And your calamity comes as a windstorm, "" When adversity and distress come on you.

28Then they call me, and I do not answer, "" They seek me earnestly, and do not find me.

29Because that they have hated knowledge, "" And have not chosen the fear of YHWH.

30They have not consented to my counsel, "" They have despised all my reproof,

31And they eat of the fruit of their way, "" And they are filled from their own counsels.

32For the turning of the simple slays them, "" And the security of the foolish destroys them.

33And whoever is listening to me dwells confidently, "" And [is] quiet from fear of evil!”

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