Proverbs 1
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1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:1These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;2Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;3Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--4These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
5let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--5Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance
6for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.6by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.7Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom
8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.8My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.9What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
10My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.10My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
11If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;11They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
12let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;12Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave ; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
13we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;13Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
14cast lots with us; we will all share the loot"--14Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.”
15my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;15My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.
16for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.16They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder.
17How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!17If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away.
18These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!18But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed.
19Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.19Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life. Wisdom Shouts in the Streets
20Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;20Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.
21on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:21She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate:
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, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will 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.23Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.
24But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,24“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,25You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.
26I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--26So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,28“When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.29For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.
30Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,30They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.31Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes.
32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;32For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."33But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
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Psalm 150
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