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Proverbs 1


The Usefulness of Proverbs

Proverbs 1:1   The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
Proverbs 1:2   To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
Proverbs 1:3   To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;
Proverbs 1:4   To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
Proverbs 1:5   A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
Proverbs 1:6   To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
Proverbs 1:7   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

Proverbs 1:8   Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;
Proverbs 1:9   Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.
Proverbs 1:10   My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
Proverbs 1:11   If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
Proverbs 1:12   Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
Proverbs 1:13   We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
Proverbs 1:14   Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"
Proverbs 1:15   My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,
Proverbs 1:16   For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.
Proverbs 1:17   Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;
Proverbs 1:18   But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.
Proverbs 1:19   So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

Wisdom Warns

Proverbs 1:20   Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;
Proverbs 1:21   At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
Proverbs 1:22   "How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs 1:23   "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
Proverbs 1:24   "Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
Proverbs 1:25   And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;
Proverbs 1:26   I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,
Proverbs 1:27   When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
Proverbs 1:28   "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
Proverbs 1:29   Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
Proverbs 1:30   "They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
Proverbs 1:31   "So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
Proverbs 1:32   "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
Proverbs 1:33   "But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."
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