1 The aproverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To 1perceive the words of understanding,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the bsimple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 cA wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will 2attain wise counsel,
The words of the wise and their driddles.
7 eThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 fMy son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a ggraceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
hDo not consent.
Let us ilie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like 3Sheol,
And whole, jlike those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious 4possessions,
We shall fill our houses with 5spoil;
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, kdo not walk in the way with them,
lKeep your foot from their path;
16 mFor their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in 6vain the net is spread
In the sight of any 7bird;
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 nSo are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the 9chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
Surely pI will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 qBecause I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you rdisdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 sI also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When tyour terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then uthey will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they vhated knowledge
And did not wchoose the fear of the Lord,
30 xThey would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore ythey shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the 3turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell zsafely,
2 My son, if you receive my words, And atreasure my commands within you,
And apply your heart to understanding;
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 bIf you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 cThen you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 dFor the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
eHe is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
And fpreserves the way of His saints.
Equity and every good path.
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
gUnderstanding will keep you,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
To hwalk in the ways of darkness;
14 iWho rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 jWhose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from kthe immoral woman,
lFrom the seductress who flatters with her words,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
And her paths to the dead;
Nor do they 2regain the paths of life—
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the nland,
And the blameless will remain in it;
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
3 My son, do not forget my law,
aBut let your heart keep my commands;
And bpeace they will add to you.
cBind them around your neck,
dWrite them on the tablet of your heart,
In the sight of God and man.
5 fTrust in the Lord with all your heart,
gAnd lean not on your own understanding;
6 hIn all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall 2direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own ieyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your 3flesh,
9 kHonor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 lSo your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 mMy son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
nJust as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 oHappy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 pFor her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
And qall the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 rLength of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 sHer ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is ta tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who 5retain her.
19 uThe Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were vbroken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
And grace to your neck.
23 wThen you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 xDo not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
And will keep your foot from being caught.
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 zDo not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 aDo not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 bDo not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
cBut His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 dThe curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But eHe blesses the home of the just.
34 fSurely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
4 Hear, amy children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
Do not forsake my law.
bTender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 cHe also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
dKeep my commands, and live.
5 eGet wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
fLove her, and she will keep you.
7 gWisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8 hExalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head ian ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
jAnd the years of your life will be many.
11 I have ktaught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, lyour steps will not be hindered,
mAnd when you run, you will not stumble.
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 nDo not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 oFor they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is 1taken away unless they make someone fall.
And drink the wine of violence.
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 rThe way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
And health to all their flesh.
For out of it spring the issues of slife.
24 Put away from you a 3deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your tfeet,
And let all your ways be established.
Remove your foot from evil.
5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
1Lend your ear to my understanding,
2 That you may 2preserve discretion,
And your lips amay keep knowledge.
And her mouth is csmoother than oil;
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.
And do not depart from the words of my
understand or discern
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Lit. lord of the wing
in the street
LXX, Syr., Tg. top of the walls; Vg. the head of multitudes
Lit. good understanding
Or make smooth or straight
Body, lit. navel
hold her fast
Lit. its owners
appreciate good judgment
Lit. a strange