8 My son, listen to your father's instruction, And don't forsake your mother's teaching: 9 For they will be a garland to grace your head, And chains around your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't consent. 11 If they say, "Come with us, Let's lay in wait for blood; Let's lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let's swallow them up alive like She'ol, And whole, like those who go down into the pit. 13 We'll find all valuable wealth. We'll fill our houses with spoil. 14 You shall cast your lot among us. We'll all have one purse." 15 My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path, 16 For their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood. 17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird: 18 These lay wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain. It takes away the life of its owners. 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares. 21 She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words: 22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, And fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make known my words to you. 24 Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention; 25 But you have ignored all my counsel, And wanted none of my reproof; 26 I also will laugh at your disaster. I will mock when calamity overtakes you; 27 When calamity overtakes you like a storm, When your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come on you. 28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me; 29 Because they hated knowledge, And didn't choose the fear of the LORD. 30 They wanted none of my counsel. They despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own schemes. 32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them. 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, And will be at ease, without fear of harm."
1 My son, if you will receive my words, And store up my mitzvot within you; 2 So as to turn your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you call out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures: 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity; 8 That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his holy ones. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men who speak perverse things; 13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil; 15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: 16 To deliver you from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner who flatters with her words; 17 Who forsakes the friend of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God: 18 For her house leads down to death, Her paths to the dead. 19 None who go to her return again, Neither do they attain to the paths of life: 20 That you may walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it. 22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.
1 My son, don't forget my teaching; But let your heart keep my mitzvot: 2 For length of days, and years of life, And shalom, will they add to you. 3 Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And don't lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths. 7 Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your body, And nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD with your substance, With the first fruits of all your increase: 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My son, don't despise the LORD's discipline, Neither be weary of his reproof: 12 For whom the LORD loves, he reproves; Even as a father the son in whom he delights. 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, The man who gets understanding. 14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, The profit of it better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are shalom. 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her. 19 By wisdom the LORD founded the eretz. By understanding, he established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So they will be life to your soul, And grace for your neck. 23 Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Don't be afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes: 26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken. 27 Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28 Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, Tomorrow I will give," When you have it by you. 29 Don't devise evil against your neighbor, Seeing he dwells securely by you. 30 Don't strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. 31 Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways. 32 For the perverse is an abomination to the LORD, But his friendship is with the upright. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked, But he blesses the habitation of the righteous. 34 Surely he mocks the mockers, But he gives grace to the humble. 35 The wise will inherit glory, But shame will be the promotion of fools.
1 Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding; 2 For I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law. 3 For I was a son to my father, Tender and an only child in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my mitzvot, and live. 5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth. 6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you. 7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will give to your head a garland of grace. A crown of splendor will she deliver to you." 10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in paths of uprightness. 12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life. 14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on. 16 For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, That shines more and more until the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over. 20 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to their whole body. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life. 24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established. 27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding: 2 That you may maintain discretion, That your lips may preserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil, 4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, And as sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to She'ol. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn't know it. 7 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove your way far from her. Don't come near the door of her house, 9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one; 10 Lest strangers feast on your wealth, And your labors enrich another man's house. 11 You will groan at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed, 12 And say, "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof; 13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor turned my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, In the midst of the gathered assembly." 15 Drink water out of your own cistern, Running water out of your own well. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, Streams of water in the public squares? 17 Let them be for yourself alone, Not for strangers with you. 18 Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving hind and a pleasant doe -- Let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD. He examines all his paths. 22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly. 23 He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.
1 My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, If you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger; 2 You are trapped by the words of your mouth. You are ensnared with the words of your mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, Seeing you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself. Press your plea with your neighbor. 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, Like a bird from the snare of the fowler. 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise; 7 Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler, 8 Provides her bread in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So your poverty will come as a robber, And your scarcity as an armed man. 12 A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he who walks with a perverse mouth; 13 Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who motions with his fingers; 14 In whose heart is perverseness, Who devises evil continually, Who always sows discord. 15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly. He will be broken suddenly, and that without remedy. 16 There are six things which the LORD hates; Yes, seven which are an abomination to him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood; 18 A heart that devises wicked schemes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And he who sows discord among brothers. 20 My son, keep your father's mitzvah, And don't forsake your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them continually on your heart. Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, it will lead you. When you sleep, it will watch over you. When you awake, it will talk with you. 23 For the mitzvah is a lamp, And the law is light. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the immoral woman, From the flattery of the wayward wife's tongue. 25 Don't lust after her beauty in your heart, Neither let her captivate you with her eyelids. 26 For a prostitute reduces you to a piece of bread. The adulteress hunts for your precious life. 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be scorched? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife. Whoever touches her will not be unpunished. 30 Men don't despise a thief, If he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry: 31 But if he be found, he shall restore seven times. He shall give all the wealth of his house. 32 He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who does it destroys his own soul. 33 He will get wounds and dishonor. His reproach will not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy arouses the fury of the husband. He won't spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He won't regard any ransom, Neither will he rest content, though you give many gifts.
1 My son, keep my words. Lay up my mitzvot within you. 2 Keep my mitzvot and live; Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Tell wisdom, "You are my sister." Call understanding your relative, 5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. 6 For at the window of my house, I looked forth through my lattice. 7 I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner, He went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. 10 Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute, And with crafty intent. 11 She is loud and defiant. Her feet don't stay in her house. 12 Now she is in the streets, now in the squares, And lurking at every corner. 13 So she caught him, and kissed him. With an impudent face she said to him: 14 "Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me. This day I have paid my vows. 15 Therefore I came out to meet you, To diligently seek your face, And I have found you. 16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Mitzrayim. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let's take our fill of loving until the morning. Let's solace ourselves with loving. 19 For my husband isn't at home. He has gone on a long journey. 20 He has taken a bag of money with him. He will come home at the full moon." 21 With persuasive words, she led him astray. With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him. 22 He followed her immediately, As an ox goes to the slaughter, As a fool stepping into a noose. 23 Until an arrow strikes through his liver, As a bird hurries to the snare, And doesn't know that it will cost his life. 24 Now therefore, sons, listen to me. Pay attention to the words of my mouth. 25 Don't let your heart turn to her ways. Don't go astray in her paths, 26 For she has thrown down many wounded. Yes, all her slain are a mighty host. 27 Her house is the way to She'ol, Going down to the chambers of death.
1 Doesn't wisdom cry out? Doesn't understanding raise her voice? 2 On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she stands. 3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entry doors, she cries aloud: 4 "To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind. 5 You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things. 7 For my mouth speaks truth. Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness. There is nothing crooked or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him who understands, Right to those who find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction rather than silver; Knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can't be compared to it. 12 "I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth. 14 Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power. 15 By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule; Nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the eretz. 17 I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me. 18 With me are riches, honor, Enduring wealth, and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; My yield than choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; 21 That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries. 22 "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his work, Before his deeds of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the eretz existed. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled in place, Before the hills, I was brought forth; 26 While as yet he had not made the eretz, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; When he set a circle on the surface of the deep, 28 When he established the clouds above, When the springs of the deep became strong, 29 When he gave to the sea its boundary, That the waters should not violate his mitzvah, When he marked out the foundations of the eretz; 30 Then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, Always rejoicing before him, 31 Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men. 32 "Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, Don't refuse it. 34 Blessed is the man who hears me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my door posts. 35 For whoever finds me, finds life, And will obtain favor from the LORD. 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death."
1 Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars. 2 She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city: 4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him, 5 "Come, eat some of my bread, Drink some of the wine which I have mixed! 6 Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding." 7 He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. 8 Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied. The years of your life will be increased. 12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it. 13 The foolish woman is loud, Undisciplined, and knows nothing. 14 She sits at the door of her house, On a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their ways, 16 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him, 17 "Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant." 18 But he doesn't know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of She'ol.