Proverbs 1
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1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;2For learning wisdom and discipline; for understanding insightful sayings;
3To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;3for receiving prudent instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
4To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.4for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man--
5A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:5let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance--
6To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.6for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,
9For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.9for they will be a garland of favor on your head and pendants around your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.10My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.
11If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:11If they say--"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!
12Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:12Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
13We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:13We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.
14Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:14Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share the loot"--
15My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:15my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,
16For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.16because their feet run toward evil and they hurry to shed blood.
17Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.17It is useless to spread a net where any bird can see it,
18And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.18but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.
19So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.19Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.
20Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:20Wisdom calls out in the street; she makes her voice heard in the public squares.
21She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,21She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?22"How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?
23Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.23If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.
24Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;24Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:25since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction,
26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;26I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you,
27When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.27when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.
28Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:28Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.
29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:29Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the LORD,
30They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.30were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,
31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.31they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes.
32For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.32For the apostasy of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.33But whoever listens to me will live securely and be undisturbed by the dread of danger."
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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