Listen, my child, a to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.
My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
They may say, "Come and join us. Let's hide and kill someone! Let's ambush the innocent!
Let's swallow them alive as the grave swallows its victims. Though they are in the prime of life, they will go down into the pit of death.
And the loot we'll get! We'll fill our houses with all kinds of things!
Come on, throw in your lot with us; we'll split our loot with you."
Don't go along with them, my child! Stay far away from their paths.
They rush to commit crimes. They hurry to commit murder.
When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away.
But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives!
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for gain. It ends up robbing them of life.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)