Proverbs 1:8-33 ESV

The Enticement of Sinners

8 1Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

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9 for they are 2a graceful garland for your head and 3pendants for your neck.

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10 My son, if sinners 4entice you, do not consent.

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11 If they say, "Come with us, 5let us lie in wait for blood; 6let us ambush the innocent without reason;

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      12 like Sheol let us 7swallow them alive, and whole, like 8those who go down to the pit;

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      13 we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;
      14 throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse"--
      15 my son, 9do not walk in the way with them; 10hold back your foot from their paths,

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      16 for 11their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

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      17 12For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,

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      18 but these men 13lie in wait for their own blood; they 14set an ambush for their own lives.

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          19 15Such are the ways of everyone who is 16greedy for unjust gain; 17it takes away the life of its possessors.

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          The Call of Wisdom

          20 18Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;

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          21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at 19the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

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          22 "How long, O 20simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will 21scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools 22hate knowledge?

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              23 If you turn at my reproof,a behold, I will 23pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

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                • a 1:23 - Or Will you turn away at my reproof?
                  24 24Because I have called and 25you refused to listen, have 26stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

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                  25 because you have 27ignored all my counsel and 28would have none of my reproof,

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                  26 I also 29will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when 30terror strikes you,

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                  27 when terror strikes you like 31a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

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                  28 32Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

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                  29 Because they 33hated knowledge and 34did not choose the fear of the LORD,

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                      30 35would have none of my counsel and 36despised all my reproof,

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                        • 43 1:30 - [See ver. 25 above]
                        • 44 1:30 - [See ver. 25 above]
                          31 therefore they shall eat 37the fruit of their way, and have 38their fill of their own devices.

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                          32 For the simple are killed by 39their turning away, and 40the complacency of fools destroys them;

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                          33 but 41whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be 42at ease, without dread of disaster."

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