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1 These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David's son, Israel's king - 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 Written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going; 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5 There's something here also for seasoned men and women, 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6 still a thing or two for the experienced to learn - Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother's knee. 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
9 Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don't go along with them. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say - "Let's go out and raise some hell. Let's beat up some old man, mug some old woman. 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's pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals. 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 We'll load up on top-quality loot. We'll haul it home by the truckload. 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 Join us for the time of your life! With us, it's share and share alike!" - 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--
15 Oh, friend, don't give them a second look; don't listen to them for a minute. 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 They're racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on. 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.
17 Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching, 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 Yet that's what these people are doing - they're doing themselves in. 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!
19 When you grab all you can get, that's what happens: the more you get, the less you are. Lady Wisdom 19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.
20 Lady Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts. At the town center she makes her speech. 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand. At the busiest corner she calls out: 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 "Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 About face! I can revise your life. Look, I'm ready to pour out my spirit on you; I'm ready to tell you all I know. 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 As it is, I've called, but you've turned a deaf ear; I've reached out to you, but you've ignored me. 24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 "Since you laugh at my counsel and make a joke of my advice, 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26 How can I take you seriously? I'll turn the tables and joke about your troubles! 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 What if the roof falls in, and your whole life goes to pieces? What if catastrophe strikes and there's nothing to show for your life but rubble and ashes? 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 You'll need me then. You'll call for me, but don't expect an answer. No matter how hard you look, you won't 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 "Because you hated Knowledge and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-God, 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 Because you wouldn't take my advice and brushed aside all my offers to train you, 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 Well, you've made your bed - now lie in it; you wanted your own way - now, how do you like it? 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 Don't you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 First pay attention to me, and then relax. Now you can take it easy - you're in good hands." 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."