1 The proverbs of Solomon a son of David, king of Israel:
for understanding insightful sayings;
in righteousness, justice, and integrity; b
knowledge and discretion e to a young man—
5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning, f
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable, g
the words of the wise, and their riddles. h
7 The * fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge; i
fools despise wisdom and discipline. j
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, k
9 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
and fill our houses with plunder. v
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
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
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:
How long will you mockers g enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge? h
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,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
they will search for me, but won’t find me. p
didn’t choose to fear the Lord, q
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.
and be free from the fear of danger.” v
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