Proverbs 1 NAS

The Usefulness of Proverbs

1 The 1proverbs of Solomon 2the son of David, king of Israel:

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2 To know 3wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of 4understanding,

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3 To 5receive instruction in wise behavior, 6Righteousness, justice and equity;

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4 To give 7prudence to the anaive, To the youth 8knowledge and discretion,

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5 A wise man will hear and 9increase in learning, And a 10man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

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6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their 11riddles.

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7 12The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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The Enticement of Sinners

8 13Hear, my son, your father's instruction And 14do not forsake your mother's teaching;

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9 Indeed, they are a 15graceful wreath to your head And b16ornaments about your neck.

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    • b 1:9 - Lit "necklaces"
      10 My son, if sinners 17entice you, 18Do not consent.

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      11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us 19lie in wait for blood, Let us 20ambush the innocent without cause;

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      12 Let us 21swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who 22go down to the pit;

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      13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
      14 Throw in your lot cwith us, We shall all have one purse,"

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        • c 1:14 - Lit "in the midst of us"
          15 My son, 23do not walk in the way with them. 24Keep your feet from their path,

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          16 For 25their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

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          17 Indeed, it is duseless to spread the baited net In the sight of any ebird ;

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            • d 1:17 - Lit "in vain"
            • e 1:17 - Lit "possessor of wing"
              18 But they 26lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

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              19 So are the ways of everyone who 27gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

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              Wisdom Warns

              20 28Wisdom shouts in the street, She flifts her voice in the square;

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              21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
              22 "How long , O g29naive ones, will you love hbeing simple-minded? And 30scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools 31hate knowledge?

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                • g 1:22 - Lit "simple ones"
                • h 1:22 - Or "naivete"
                  23 "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will 32pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

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                  24 "Because 33I called and you 34refused, I 35stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

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                  25 And you 36neglected all my counsel And did not 37want my reproof;

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                  26 I will also 38laugh at your 39calamity; I will mock when your 40dread comes,

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                  27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a 41whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

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                  28 "Then they will 42call on me, but I will not answer; They will 43seek me diligently but they will not find me,
                  29 Because they 44hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

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                  30 "They 45would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

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                  31 "So they shall 46eat of the fruit of their own way And be 47satiated with their own devices.

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                  32 "For the 48waywardness of the inaive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

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                    • i 1:32 - Lit "simple ones"
                      33 "But 49he who listens to me shall jlive securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."

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