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1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
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To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing, in 2righteousness, justice, and equity;
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to give prudence to 3the simple, knowledge and 4discretion to the youth--
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Let the wise hear and 5increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
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to understand a proverb and a saying, 6the words of the wise and their 7riddles.
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8The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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9Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,
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for they are 10a graceful garland for your head and 11pendants for your neck.
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My son, if sinners 12entice you, do not consent.
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If they say, "Come with us, 13let us lie in wait for blood; 14let us ambush the innocent without reason;
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like Sheol let us 15swallow them alive, and whole, like 16those who go down to the pit;
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we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse"--
my son, 17do not walk in the way with them; 18hold back your foot from their paths,
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for 19their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
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20For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,
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but these men 21lie in wait for their own blood; they 22set an ambush for their own lives.
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23Such are the ways of everyone who is 24greedy for unjust gain; 25it takes away the life of its possessors.
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26Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;
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at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at 27the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
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"How long, O 28simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will 29scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools 30hate knowledge?
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If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will 31pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
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32Because I have called and 33you refused to listen, have 34stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
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because you have 35ignored all my counsel and 36would have none of my reproof,
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I also 37will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when 38terror strikes you,
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when terror strikes you like 39a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
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40Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
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Because they 41hated knowledge and 42did not choose the fear of the LORD,
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43would have none of my counsel and 44despised all my reproof,
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[See ver. 25 above]
[See ver. 25 above]
therefore they shall eat 45the fruit of their way, and have 46their fill of their own devices.
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For the simple are killed by 47their turning away, and 48the complacency of fools destroys them;
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but 49whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be 50at ease, without dread of disaster."
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