Proverbs 1
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1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:1The proverbs of David's son Solomon, king of Israel.
2To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,2These proverbs are for gaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;3for acquiring the discipline that produces wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and upright living;
4to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—4for giving prudence to the na´ve, and knowledge and discretion to the young.
5Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,5Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance
6to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.6in understanding proverbs, clever sayings, words of the wise, and their riddles.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,8My son, listen to your father's instruction, and do not let go of your mother's teaching.
9for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.9They will be a graceful wreath for your head and a chain for your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.10My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason;11If they say, "Come with us! Let's lie in wait for blood; let's ambush some innocent person for no reason at all.
12like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;12Let's swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole like those who go down into the Pit.
13we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;13We'll find all kinds of valuable wealth, and we'll fill our houses with spoil.
14throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”—14Throw your lot in with us, and all of us will have one purse."
15my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,15My son, do not go along with them, and keep your feet away from their paths!
16for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.16For they run toward evil; these enticers shed blood without hesitation.
17For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,17Look, it is useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds,
18but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.18but these people lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush only themselves.
19Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.19Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain— it takes away the lives of those who possess it.
20Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;20Wisdom cries out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares.
21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:21She calls out at the busiest part of the noisy streets, and at the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words:
22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?22"You na´ve ones, how long will you love naivete? And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing or fools hate knowledge?"
23If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.23Return to my correction! Look, I will pour out my spirit on you, and I will make my words known to you.
24Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,24"Because I called out to you and you refused to respond— I appealed, but no one paid attention—
25because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,25because you neglected all my advice and did not want my correction,
26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,26I will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when what you fear comes,
27when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.27when what you dread comes like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.28"Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,29"Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD;
30would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof,30they did not want my advice, and they rejected all my correction.
31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.31They will eat the fruit of their way, and they will be filled with their own devices.
32For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;32Indeed, the waywardness of the na´ve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”33"But the person who listens to me will live safely and will be secure from the fear of evil."
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