Proverbs 1:8-33 NAS

The Enticement of Sinners

8 1Hear, my son, your father's instruction And 2do not forsake your mother's teaching;

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9 Indeed, they are a 3graceful wreath to your head And a4ornaments about your neck.

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    • b 1:9 - Lit "necklaces"
      10 My son, if sinners 5entice you, 6Do not consent.

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      11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us 7lie in wait for blood, Let us 8ambush the innocent without cause;

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      12 Let us 9swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who 10go 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 bwith us, We shall all have one purse,"

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        • c 1:14 - Lit "in the midst of us"
          15 My son, 11do not walk in the way with them. 12Keep your feet from their path,

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          16 For 13their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

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          17 Indeed, it is cuseless to spread the baited net In the sight of any dbird *;

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            • d 1:17 - Lit "in vain"
            • e 1:17 - Lit "possessor of wing"
              18 But they 14lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

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              19 So are the ways of everyone who 15gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

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              Wisdom Warns

              20 16Wisdom shouts in the street, She elifts 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 f17naive ones, will you love gbeing simple-minded? And 18scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools 19hate knowledge?

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                • g 1:22 - Lit "simple ones"
                • h 1:22 - Or "naivete"
                  23 "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will 20pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

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                  24 "Because 21I called and you 22refused, I 23stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

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                  25 And you 24neglected all my counsel And did not 25want my reproof;

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                  26 I will also 26laugh at your 27calamity; I will mock when your 28dread comes,

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                  27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a 29whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

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                  28 "Then they will 30call on me, but I will not answer; They will 31seek me diligently but they will not find me,
                  29 Because * they 32hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

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                  30 "They 33would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

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                  31 "So they shall 34eat of the fruit of their own way And be 35satiated with their own devices.

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                  32 "For the 36waywardness of the hnaive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

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                    • i 1:32 - Lit "simple ones"
                      33 "But 37he who listens to me shall ilive securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."

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