Proverbs Chapter 1 |
1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2For learning wisdom and discipline;
For understanding words of discernment;
3For acquiring the discipline for success,
Righteousness, justice, and equity;
4For endowing the simple with shrewdness,
The young with knowledge and foresight.
5—The wise man, hearing them, will gain more wisdom;
The discerning man will learn to be adroit;
6For understanding proverb and epigram,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8My son, heed the discipline of your father,
And do not forsake the instruction of your mother;
9For they are a graceful wreath upon your head,
A necklace about your throat.
10My son, if sinners entice you, do not yield;
11If they say, “Come with us,
Let us set an ambush to shed blood,
Let us lie in wait for the innocent
12Like Sheol, let us swallow them alive;
Whole, like those who go down into the Pit.
13We shall obtain every precious treasure;
We shall fill our homes with loot.
14Throw in your lot with us;
We shall all have a common purse.”
15My son, do not set out with them;
Keep your feet from their path.
16For their feet run to evil;
They hurry to shed blood.
17In the eyes of every winged creature
The outspread net means nothing.
18But they lie in ambush for their own blood;
They lie in wait for their own lives.
19Such is the fate of all who pursue unjust gain;
It takes the life of its possessor.
20Wisdom cries aloud in the streets,
Raises her voice in the squares.
21At the head of the busy streets she calls;
At the entrance of the gates, in the city, she speaks out:
22“How long will you simple ones love simplicity,
You scoffers be eager to scoff,
You dullards hate knowledge?
23You are indifferent to my rebuke;
I will now speak my mind to you,
And let you know my thoughts.
24Since you refused me when I called,
And paid no heed when I extended my hand,
25You spurned all my advice,
And would not hear my rebuke,
26I will laugh at your calamity,
And mock when terror comes upon you,
27When terror comes like a disaster,
And calamity arrives like a whirlwind,
When trouble and distress come upon you.
28Then they shall call me but I will not answer;
They shall seek me but not find me.
29Because they hated knowledge,
And did not choose fear of the Lord;
30They refused my advice,
And disdained all my rebukes,
31They shall eat the fruit of their ways,
And have their fill of their own counsels.
32The tranquillity of the simple will kill them,
And the complacency of dullards will destroy them.
33But he who listens to me will dwell in safety,
Untroubled by the terror of misfortune.”