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Proverbs 1:8-33 (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

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud19 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; 21 at the head of the noisy streetsb she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: 22 "How long will you simple onesc20 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate21 knowledge? 23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. 24 But since you rejected22 me when I called23 and no one gave heed24 when I stretched out my hand, 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh25 at your disaster;26 I will mock27 when calamity overtakes you28-- 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster29 sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer;30 they will look for me but will not find me.31 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,32 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,33 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.34 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;35 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety36 and be at ease, without fear of harm."37
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