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The Purpose of Proverbs

1 The proverbs of Solomon a son of David, king of Israel:

For learning what wisdom and discipline are;

for understanding insightful sayings;

for receiving wise instruction

in righteousness, justice, and integrity; b

for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, c d

knowledge and discretion e to a young man—

a wise man will listen and increase his learning, f

and a discerning man will obtain guidance—

for understanding a proverb or a parable, g

the words of the wise, and their riddles. h

The * fear of the Lord

is the beginning of knowledge; i

fools despise wisdom and discipline. j

Avoid the Path of the Violent

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,

and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, k

for they will be a garland l of grace on your head

and a gold chain around your neck. m

10 My son, if sinners entice you, n

don’t be persuaded. o

11 If they say—“Come with us!

Let’s set an ambush p and kill someone. q

Let’s attack some innocent person r just for fun! s

12 Let’s swallow them alive, t like * Sheol,

still healthy as they go down to the * Pit. u

13 We’ll find all kinds of valuable property

and fill our houses with plunder. v

1Throw in your lot with us,

and we’ll all share our money” w

15 my son, don’t travel that road with them x

or set foot on their path, y

16 because their feet run toward trouble

and they hurry to commit murder. z a

17 It is foolish to spread a net

where any bird can see it,

18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves; b

they attack their own lives.

19 Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; c

it takes the lives of those who receive it. d

Wisdom’s Plea

20 Wisdom calls out in the street;

she raises her voice in the public squares. e

21 She cries out above f the commotion;

she speaks at the entrance of the city * gates:

22 “How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance?

How long will you mockers g enjoy mocking

and you fools hate knowledge? h

23 If you respond to my warning, i j

then I will pour out my spirit on you k

and teach you my words.

24 Since I called out and you refused, l

extended my hand and no one paid attention, m

25 since you neglected all my counsel n

and did not accept my correction,

26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. o

I will mock when terror strikes you,

27 when terror strikes you like a storm

and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

when trouble and stress overcome you.

28 Then they will call me, but I won’t answer;

they will search for me, but won’t find me. p

29 Because they hated knowledge,

didn’t choose to fear the Lord, q

30 were not interested in my counsel,

and rejected all my correction, r

31 they will eat the fruit of their way s

and be glutted with their own schemes. t

32 For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, u

and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

33 But whoever listens to me will live securely

and be free from the fear of danger.” v


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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