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Proverbs 1

To Know Wisdom

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
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To know wisdom and discipline,
To understand the sayings of understanding,
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To receive discipline that leads to insight,
Righteousness, justice, and equity,
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To give prudence to the simple,
To the youth knowledge and discretion;
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Let the wise man hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire guidance,
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To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.

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The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge;
Ignorant fools despise wisdom and discipline.

The Enticement of Sinners


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Hear, my son, your father’s discipline
And do not abandon your mother’s instruction;
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For they are a garland of grace for your head
And ornaments about your neck.
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My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not be willing.
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If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait for blood,
Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
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Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
And whole, as those who go down to the pit;
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We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
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Cast in your lot with us,
We shall all have one purse,”
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My son, do not walk in the way with them.
Withhold your feet from their pathway,
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For their feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
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For it is no use that a net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
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But they lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
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So are the paths of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its possessors.

The Call of Wisdom


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Wisdom shouts in the street,
She gives forth her voice in the square;
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At the head of the noisy streets she calls out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
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“How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity?
And scoffers delight in scoffing
And fools hate knowledge?
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Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
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Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
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And you neglected all my counsel
And were not willing to accept my reproof;
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I will also laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when your dread comes,
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When your dread comes like a storm
And your disaster comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
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Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me earnestly but they will not find me,
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Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of Yahweh.
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They were not willing to accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
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So they shall eat of the fruit of their way
And be satisfied with their own devices.
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For the turning away of the simple will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
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But he who listens to me shall dwell securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”