The 1proverbs of Solomon2the son of David, king of Israel:
To know3wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of 4understanding,
To 5receiveinstruction in wisebehavior, 6Righteousness, justice and equity;
To give7prudence to the anaive, To the youth8knowledge and discretion,
A wiseman will hear and 9increase in learning, And a 10man of understanding will acquirewisecounsel,
To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their 11riddles.
712The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Foolsdespisewisdom and instruction.
813Hear, my son, your father'sinstruction And 14do not forsake your mother'steaching;
9Indeed, they are a 15gracefulwreath to your head And b16ornaments about your neck.
My son, ifsinners17entice you, 18Do not consent.
11If they say, "Come with us, Let us 19lie in wait for blood, Let us 20ambush the innocentwithoutcause;
Let us 21swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who 22godown to the pit;
We will findall kinds of preciouswealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;
14Throw in your lotcwith us, We shall allhaveonepurse,"
My son, 23do not walk in the way with them. 24Keep your feet from their path,
For 25their feetrun to evil And they hasten to shedblood.
17Indeed, it is duseless to spread the baited net In the sight of anyebird ;
But they 26lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.
19So are the ways of everyone who 27gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
2028Wisdomshouts in the street, She flifts her voice in the square;
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
22"Howlong , O g29naiveones, will you lovehbeing simple-minded? And 30scoffersdelight themselves in scoffing And fools31hateknowledge?
23"Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will 32pour out my spirit on you; I will make my wordsknown to you.
24"Because33I called and you 34refused, I 35stretched out my hand and noonepaidattention;
And you 36neglectedall my counsel And did not 37want my reproof;
I will also38laugh at your 39calamity; I will mock when your 40dreadcomes,
When your dreadcomes like a storm And your calamitycomes like a 41whirlwind, When distress and anguishcome upon you.
28"Then they will 42call on me, but I will not answer; They will 43seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29Because they 44hatedknowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
"They 45would not accept my counsel, They spurnedall my reproof.
"So they shall 46eat of the fruit of their own way And be 47satiated with their own devices.
"For the 48waywardness of the inaive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
"But 49he who listens to me shall jlivesecurely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."