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THE PURPOSE OF PROVERBS

The proverbs of Solomona son of David, king of Israel:

For learning wisdom and discipline;

for understanding insightful sayings;

for receiving prudent instruction

in righteousness, justice, and integrity;b

for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,A,c

knowledge and discretiond to a young man—

let a wise person listen and increase learning,e

and let a discerning person obtain guidance—

for understanding a proverb or a parable,B

the words of the wise, and their riddles.f

The fear of the Lord

is the beginning of knowledge;g

fools despise wisdom and discipline.h

AVOID THE PATH OF THE VIOLENT

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

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

for they will be a garlandj of favor on your head

and pendantsC around your neck.k

10 My son, if sinners entice you,l

don’t be persuaded.m

11 If they say—“Come with us!

Let’s set an ambushn and kill someone.D

Let’s attack some innocent persono just for fun!E

12 Let’s swallow them alive,p like Sheol,

whole, like those who go down to the Pit.q

13 We’ll find all kinds of valuable property

and fill our houses with plunder.r

14 Throw in your lot with us,

and we’ll all share the loot”F

15 my son, don’t travel that road with thems

or set foot on their path,t

16 because their feet run toward evil

and they hurry to shed blood.u

17 It is useless to spread a net

where any bird can see it,

18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves;G

they attack their own lives.

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

it takes the lives of those who receive it.H

WISDOM’S PLEA

20 Wisdom calls out in the street;

she makes her voice heard in the public squares.w

21 She cries out aboveI the commotion;

she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:

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

How long will you mockersx enjoy mocking

and you fools hate knowledge?y

23 If you respond to my warning,J,z

then I will pour out my spirit on youaa

and teach you my words.

24 Since I called out and you refused,ab

extended my hand and no one paid attention,ac

25 since you neglected all my counselad

and did not accept my correction,

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

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.af

29 Because they hated knowledge,

didn’t choose to fear the Lord,ag

30 were not interested in my counsel,

and rejected all my correction,a

31 they will eat the fruit of their wayb

and be glutted with their own schemes.c

32 For the apostasy of the inexperienced will kill them,d

and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

33 But whoever listens to me will live securely

and be undisturbed by the dread of danger.”e

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