Proverbs 1:8-19 (Lexham English Bible)

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Lecture Against Gang Behavior

8 My child, may you keepa your father's instruction, and do not reject your mother's teachings, 9 for they [are] a garland of favor for your head, and pendants for your neck. 10 My child, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, "Come with us! We shall lie in wait for blood; we shall ambush the innocent without cause.b 12 Like Sheol,c we will swallow them alive and whole, {like those who descend to the pit}.d 13 We shall find all precious wealth, we shall fill our houses [with] booty, 14 you shall throw your lot in our midst, there will be one purse for all of us." 15 My child, do not walk in their way.e Keep your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed blood, 17 for "in vainf is the net scattered, in the sight of any {winged bird}."g 18 They lie in wait for their [own] blood. They ambush their [own] lives. 19 Thus are the ways of all who are greedy [for] gain-- it will take the life of its possessors.
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