1 The proverbs of Solomona son of David, king of Israel:
for understanding insightful sayings;
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;b
knowledge and discretiond to a young man—
5 let a wise person listen and increase learning,e
and let a discerning person obtain guidance—
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable,B
the words of the wise, and their riddles.f
is the beginning of knowledge;g
fools despise wisdom and discipline.h
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching,i
9 for they will be a garlandj of favor on your head
10 My son, if sinners entice you,l
don’t be persuaded.m
12 Let’s swallow them alive,p like Sheol,
whole, like those who go down to the Pit.q
and fill our houses with plunder.r
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
and they hurry to shed blood.u
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
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:
How long will you mockersx enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge?y
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,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
they will search for me, but won’t find me.af
didn’t choose to fear the Lord,ag
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.
and be undisturbed by the dread of danger.”e
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