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for understanding words of insight;
doing what is right and just and fair;
knowledge and discretione to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,f
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,g
7 The fear of the Lordj is the beginning of knowledge,
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.o
and a chain to adorn your neck.p
10 My son, if sinful men enticeq you,
let’s lie in waitt for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallowu them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;v
and fill our houses with plunder;
we will all share the lootw”—
16 for their feet rush into evil,z
they are swift to shed blood.a
where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in waitb for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!c
it takes away the life of those who get it.d
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,e
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the walld she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simplef love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hateg knowledge?
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
and no one pays attentionj when I stretch out my hand,
and do not accept my rebuke,
when disastero sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;p
they will look for me but will not find me,q
and did not choose to fear the Lord.r
and spurned my rebuke,s
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.t
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;u
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safetyv
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”w
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