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Proverbs 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David's son, king of Israel. 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3 Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 These proverbs will make the simpleminded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
5 Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--
6 by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings, and riddles. 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8 Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching. 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
11 They may say, "Come and join us. Let's hide and kill someone! Let's ambush the innocent! 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 swallows its victims. Though they are in the prime of life, they will go down into the pit of death. 12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 And the loot we'll get! We'll fill our houses with all kinds of things! 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14 Come on, throw in your lot with us; we'll split our loot with you." 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--
15 Don't go along with them, my child! Stay far away from their paths. 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16 They rush to commit crimes. They hurry to commit murder. 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.
17 When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away. 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives! 18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for gain. It ends up robbing them of life. 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 shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. 20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 She calls out to the crowds along the main street, and to those in front of city hall. 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 "You simpletons!" she cries. "How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts? 22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 Come here and listen to me! I'll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise. 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 called you so often, but you didn't come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. 24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. 25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you -- 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
27 when calamity overcomes you like a storm, when you are engulfed by trouble, and when anguish and distress overwhelm you. 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 "I will not answer when they cry for help. Even though they anxiously search for me, they 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 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31 That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way. They must experience the full terror of the path they have chosen. 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For they are simpletons who turn away from me -- to death. They are fools, and their own complacency will destroy them. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace and safety, unafraid of harm." 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."