My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse" --
my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths;
for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird;
but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives.
Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)