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Proverbs 1:8-19 (New International Reader's Version)

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Think and Live Wisely

A Warning Against a Life of Crime

8 My son, listen to your father's advice. Don't turn away from your mother's teaching. 9 What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head. It will be like a chain to decorate your neck. 10 My son, if sinners tempt you, don't give in to them. 11 They might say, "Come along with us. Let's hide and wait to spill someone's blood. Let's catch some harmless people in our trap. 12 Let's swallow them alive, as the grave does. Let's swallow them whole, like those who go down into the pit. 13 We'll get all kinds of valuable things. We'll fill our houses with what we steal. 14 Come and join our gang. We'll share everything we have." 15 My son, don't go along with them. Don't even set your feet on their paths. 16 They are always in a hurry to sin. They are quick to spill someone's blood. 17 How useless it is to spread a net while all the birds are watching! 18 Those who hide and wait will spill their own blood. They will be caught in their own trap. 19 That's what happens to everyone who goes after money in the wrong way. That kind of money takes away the lives of those who get it.
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