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1 Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
to understand sayings of understanding,
3 to gain ⌊insightful instruction⌋,a
righteousness and justice and equity,
4 to give shrewdnessb to the simple,
knowledge and purposec to the young,
and the one who understands gain direction,d
words of wisdom and their riddles.
wisdom and instruction, fools despise.
8 My child, may you keepe your father’s instruction,
and do not reject your mother’s teachings,
and pendants for your neck.
“Come with us!
We shall lie in wait for blood;
we shall ambush the innocent without cause.f
12 Like Sheol,g we will swallow them alive
and whole, ⌊like those who descend to the pit⌋.h
we shall fill our houses with booty,
there will be one purse for all of us.”
15 My child, do not walk in their way.i
Keep your foot from their paths,
and they hurry to shed blood,
17 for “in vainj is the net scattered,
in the sight of any ⌊winged bird⌋.”k
They ambush their own lives.
it will take the life of its possessors.
20 Wisdom calls out in the streets,
in the squares she raises her voice.
21 On a ⌊busy corner⌋l she cries out,
at the entrances of the gates in the city, she speaks her sayings:
22 “⌊How long⌋,m O simple ones, will you love simplicity?
And how long will scoffers delight in their scoffing,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 May you turn to my argument!n
Behold, I shall pour out my spirit upon you;
I will make my words known to you.
I stretched out my hand, yet there is none who heeds.
and my reproof you are not willing to accept.
26 I will also laugh at your calamity;o
I will mock when panicp comes upon you.
and your calamity arrives like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you,
28 then they will callq me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but not find me.
and did not choose the fear of Yahweh,
they despised all my reproof.
and they shall be sated from their own schemes,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
and rest securelyr from dread and disaster.”
Literally “the instruction of insight”
Or “cleverness,” or “prudence”
Or “obey,” or “hear”
Or “wantonly,” or “for nothing”
A term for the place where the dead reside, i.e., the Underworld
Literally “like the descenders of a pit”
Or “on their road”
Or “without cause,” or “for nothing”
Literally “bird of wing”
Literally “head of commotion,” or “head of stirring, bustling”
Literally “Until when”
Or “turn at my reproach”
Or “dread, fear”
Or “cry out to”
Or “be at ease, peace”
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