Proverbs 1
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;2To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
3for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;3To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;
4for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--4To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--5A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.6To understand a proverb and a figure, 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 instruction.
8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.8Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.9Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.
10My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.10My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
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 us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;12Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
13we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;13We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
14cast lots with us; we will all share the loot"--14Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"
15my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;15My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,
16for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.16For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.
17How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!17Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;
18These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!18But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush 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.19So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
20Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;20Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;
21on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:21At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
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, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
23Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.23"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,24"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,25And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;
26I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--26I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,
27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.27When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
28"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,28"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.29Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
30Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,30"They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.31"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;32"For the waywardness of the naive 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."33"But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."
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