Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,a9
for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a [gold] chain around your neck.b10
My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.c11
If they say-"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone.d Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!e12
Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, still healthy as they go down to the Pit.
We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.f14
Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share our money"g-
my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,h16
because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.ij17
It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it,
but they set an ambush to kill themselves;k they attack their own lives.
Such are the paths of all who pursue gain dishonestly;l it takes the lives of those who profit from it.m