Chapter 1

PRO.1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
PRO.1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
PRO.1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;
PRO.1:4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion-
PRO.1:5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
PRO.1:6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.
PRO.1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
PRO.1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;
PRO.1:9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
PRO.1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
PRO.1:11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
PRO.1:12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
PRO.1:13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;
PRO.1:14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse” –
PRO.1:15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;
PRO.1:16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
PRO.1:17 Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;
PRO.1:18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.
PRO.1:19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
PRO.1:20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
PRO.1:21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:
PRO.1:22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
PRO.1:23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
PRO.1:24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
PRO.1:25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke,
PRO.1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,
PRO.1:27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
PRO.1:28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
PRO.1:29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
PRO.1:30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.
PRO.1:31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
PRO.1:32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
PRO.1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

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