To understand a proverb, and parables, The words and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, listen to your father's instruction, And don't forsake your mother's teaching:
For they will be a garland to grace your head, And chains around your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you, don't consent.
If they say, "Come with us, Let's lay in wait for blood; Let's lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
Let's swallow them up alive like She'ol, And whole, like those who go down into the pit.
We'll find all valuable wealth. We'll fill our houses with spoil.
You shall cast your lot among us. We'll all have one purse."
My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,
For their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.