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Proverbs 1:8-19 (New International Version)

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Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against Enticement

8 Listen, my son,1 to your father's2 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.3 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.4 10 My son, if sinners entice5 you, do not give in6 to them.7 11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait8 for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul; 12 let's swallow9 them alive, like the grave,a and whole, like those who go down to the pit;10 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse11"-- 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot12 on their paths;13 16 for their feet rush into sin,14 they are swift to shed blood.15 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! 18 These men lie in wait16 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!17 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.18
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