Proverbs 1
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1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;2For learning wisdom and discipline; for understanding insightful sayings;
3for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;3for receiving prudent instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
4for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--4for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man--
5let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--5let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance--
6for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.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.
8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,
9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.9for they will be a garland of favor on your head and pendants around your neck.
10My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.10My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.
11If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;11If they say--"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!
12let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;12Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
13we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;13We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.
14cast lots with us; we will all share the loot"--14Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share the loot"--
15my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;15my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,
16for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.16because their feet run toward evil and they hurry to shed blood.
17How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!17It is useless to spread a net where any bird can see it,
18These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!18but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.
19Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.19Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.
20Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;20Wisdom calls out in the street; she makes her voice heard in the public squares.
21on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:21She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
22"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery 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?
23Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.23If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.
24But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,24Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,25since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction,
26I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--26I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you,
27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.27when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.
28"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,28Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.
29since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.29Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the LORD,
30Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,30were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,
31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.31they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes.
32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;32For the apostasy of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."33But whoever listens to me will live securely and be undisturbed by the dread of danger."
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