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1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David and king of Israel. 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice, and understand sayings with deep meaning. 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair. 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 They can make an inexperienced person clever and teach young people how to be resourceful. 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5 These proverbs can even add to the knowledge of the wise and give guidance to the educated, 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6 so that they can understand the hidden meanings of proverbs and the problems that the wise raise. 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
9 Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My child, when sinners tempt you, don't give in. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
11 Suppose they say, "Come on; let's find someone to kill! Let's attack some innocent people for the fun of it! 11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;
12 They may be alive and well when we find them, but they'll be dead when we're through with them! 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 We'll find all kinds of riches and fill our houses with loot! 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 Come and join us, and we'll all share what we steal." 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--
15 My child, don't go with people like that. Stay away from them. 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 They can't wait to do something bad. They're always ready to kill. 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.
17 It does no good to spread a net when the bird you want to catch is watching, 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 but people like that are setting a trap for themselves, a trap in which they will die. 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!
19 Robbery always claims the life of the robber - this is what happens to anyone who lives by violence. 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.
20 Listen! Wisdom is calling out in the streets and marketplaces, 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 calling loudly at the city gates and wherever people come together: 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 "Foolish people! How long do you want to be foolish? How long will you enjoy making fun of knowledge? Will you never learn? 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 Listen when I reprimand you; I will give you good advice and share my knowledge with 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 I have been calling you, inviting you to come, but you would not listen. You paid no attention to me. 24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 You have ignored all my advice and have not been willing to let me correct you. 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26 So when you get into trouble, I will laugh at you. I will make fun of you when terror strikes - 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 when it comes on you like a storm, bringing fierce winds of trouble, and you are in pain and misery. 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 Then you will call for wisdom, but I will not answer. You may look for me everywhere, but you will not find me. 28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
29 You have never had any use for knowledge and have always refused to obey the Lord. 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 You have never wanted my advice or paid any attention when I corrected you. 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 So then, you will get what you deserve, and your own actions will make you sick. 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 Inexperienced people die because they reject wisdom. Stupid people are destroyed by their own lack of concern. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will have security. He will be safe, with no reason to be afraid." 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."