Avoid the Path of the Violent

8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,a
References for Proverbs 1:8
    • i 1:8 - Pr 6:20; 31:1
      9 for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a [gold] chain around your neck.b
      References for Proverbs 1:9
        • j 1:9 - Pr 6:20-21
          10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.c
          References for Proverbs 1:10
              11 If they say-"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone.d Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!e
              References for Proverbs 1:11
                • l 1:11 - Lit Let's ambush for blood
                • m 1:11 - Lit person for no reason
                  12 Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, still healthy as they go down to the Pit.
                  13 We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.f
                  References for Proverbs 1:13
                      14 Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share our money"g-
                      References for Proverbs 1:14
                        • o 1:14 - Lit us; one bag will be for all of us
                          15 my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,h
                          References for Proverbs 1:15
                              16 because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.i j
                              References for Proverbs 1:16
                                • q 1:16 - Lit to shed blood
                                • r 1:16 - Pr 6:17; Isa 59:7
                                  17 It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it,
                                  18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves;k they attack their own lives.
                                  References for Proverbs 1:18
                                    • s 1:18 - Lit they ambush for their blood
                                      19 Such are the paths of all who pursue gain dishonestly;l it takes the lives of those who profit from it.m
                                      References for Proverbs 1:19
                                        • t 1:19 - Pr 11:16-18; Ezk 22:27; Hab 2:6-12
                                        • u 1:19 - Lit takes the life of its masters

                                          Wisdom's Plea

                                          20 Wisdom calls out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares.n
                                          References for Proverbs 1:20
                                            • v 1:20 - Pr 8:1; 9:3
                                              21 She cries out aboveo the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
                                              References for Proverbs 1:21
                                                • w 1:21 - Lit at the head of
                                                  22 "How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? [How long] will [you] mockers enjoy mocking and [you] fools hate knowledge?
                                                  23 If you turn to my discipline,p q then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.
                                                  References for Proverbs 1:23
                                                    • x 1:23 - Lit back to my reprimands
                                                    • y 1:23 - Pr 3:11; 15:5,31-32
                                                      24 Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention,r
                                                      References for Proverbs 1:24
                                                          25 since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction,
                                                          26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you,
                                                          27 when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.
                                                          28 Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.
                                                          29 Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the Lord,s
                                                          References for Proverbs 1:29
                                                              30 were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,t
                                                              References for Proverbs 1:30
                                                                • | 1:30 - Pr 5:12; 15:5
                                                                  31 they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes.u
                                                                  References for Proverbs 1:31
                                                                    • } 1:31 - Pr 14:14; 28:19
                                                                      32 For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
                                                                      33 But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger."