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Proverbs 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon. He was the son of David and the king of Israel. 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 Proverbs teach you wisdom and train you. They help you understand wise sayings. 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 They provide you with training and help you live wisely. They lead to what is right and honest and fair. 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 They give understanding to childish people. They give knowledge and good sense to those who are young. 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5 Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned. Let those who understand what is right get guidance. 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6 What I'm teaching also helps you understand proverbs and stories. It helps you understand the sayings and riddles of those who are wise. 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. But foolish people hate wisdom and training. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 My son, listen to your father's advice. Don't turn away from your mother's teaching. 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake 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. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinners tempt you, don't give in to them. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not 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. 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 swallow them alive, as the grave does. Let's swallow them whole, like those who go down into the pit. 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 We'll get all kinds of valuable things. We'll fill our houses with what we steal. 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 Come and join our gang. We'll share everything we have." 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--
15 My son, don't go along with them. Don't even set your feet on their paths. 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 They are always in a hurry to sin. They are quick to spill someone's blood. 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless it is to spread a net while all the birds are watching! 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 Those who hide and wait will spill their own blood. They will be caught in their own trap. 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!
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. 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 calls out in the street. She raises her voice in public places. 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 At the noisy street corners she cries out. Here is what she says near the gates of the city. 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 "How long will you childish people love your childish ways? How long will you rude people enjoy making fun of God and others? How long will you foolish people hate knowledge? 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 Suppose you had paid attention to my warning. Then I would have poured out my heart to you. I would have told you what I was thinking. 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 But you turned away from me when I called out to you. None of you paid attention when I reached out my hand. 24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 You turned away from all my advice. You wouldn't accept my warning. 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26 So I will laugh at you when you are in danger. I will make fun of you when hard times come. 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 I will laugh when hard times hit you like a storm. I will laugh when danger comes your way like a windstorm. I will make fun of you when suffering and trouble come. 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 to me. But I won't answer. You will look for me. But 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 You hated knowledge. You didn't choose to have respect for the Lord. 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 You wouldn't accept my advice. You turned your backs on my warnings. 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 So you will eat the fruit of the way you have lived. You will choke on the fruit of what you have planned. 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 "Childish people go down the wrong path. They will die. Foolish people are satisfied with the way they live. They will be destroyed. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But those who listen to me will live in safety. They will not worry. They won't be afraid of getting hurt." 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."