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1 The wise sayings of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel. 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason: 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 To be trained in the ways of wisdom, in righteousness and judging truly and straight behaviour: 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 To make the simple-minded sharp, and to give the young man knowledge, and serious purpose: 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5 (The wise man, hearing, will get greater learning, and the acts of the man of good sense will be wisely guided:) 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6 To get the sense of wise sayings and secrets, and of the words of the wise and their dark sayings. 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 My son, give ear to the training of your father, and do not give up the teaching of your mother: 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
9 For they will be a crown of grace for your head, and chain-ornaments about your neck. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinners would take you out of the right way, do not go with them. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say, Come with us; let us make designs against the good, waiting secretly for the upright, without cause; 11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;
12 Let us overcome them living, like the underworld, and in their strength, as those who go down to death; 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 Goods of great price will be ours, our houses will be full of wealth; 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 Take your chance with us, and we will all have one money-bag: 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--
15 My son, do not go with them; keep your feet from their ways: 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 For their feet are running after evil, and they are quick to take a man's life. 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.
17 Truly, to no purpose is the net stretched out before the eyes of the bird: 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 And they are secretly waiting for their blood and making ready destruction for themselves. 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the fate of everyone who goes in search of profit; it takes away the life of its owners. 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.
20 Wisdom is crying out in the street; her voice is loud in the open places; 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 Her words are sounding in the meeting-places, and in the doorways of the town: 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge? 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 Be turned again by my sharp words: see, I will send the flow of my spirit on you, and make my words clear to you. 23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
24 Because your ears were shut to my voice; no one gave attention to my out-stretched hand; 24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 You were not controlled by my guiding, and would have nothing to do with my sharp words: 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26 So in the day of your trouble I will be laughing; I will make sport of your fear; 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 When your fear comes on you like a storm, and your trouble like a rushing wind; when pain and sorrow come on you. 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 Then I will give no answer to their cries; searching for me early, they will not see me: 28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
29 For they were haters of knowledge, and did not give their hearts to the fear of the Lord: 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 They had no desire for my teaching, and my words of protest were as nothing to them. 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 So the fruit of their way will be their food, and with the designs of their hearts they will be made full. 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the turning back of the simple from teaching will be the cause of their death, and the peace of the foolish will be their destruction. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever gives ear to me will take his rest safely, living in peace without fear of evil. 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."