Proverbs 1:14-32 NIV

14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse1"--

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      15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot2 on their paths;3

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      16 for their feet rush into sin,4 they are swift to shed blood.5

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      17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
      18 These men lie in wait6 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!7

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          19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.8

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          Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

          20 Wisdom calls aloud9 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;

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              21 at the head of the noisy streetsa she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

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                • c 1:21 - Hebrew; Septuagint "/ on the tops of the walls"
                  22 "How long will you simple onesb10 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate11 knowledge?

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                    • d 1:22 - The Hebrew word rendered "simple" in Proverbs generally denotes one without moral direction and inclined to evil.
                      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 since you rejected12 me when I called13 and no one gave heed14 when I stretched out my hand,

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                      25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
                      26 I in turn will laugh15 at your disaster;16 I will mock17 when calamity overtakes you18--

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                          27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster19 sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

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                          28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer;20 they will look for me but will not find me.21

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                          29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,22

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                          30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,23

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                          31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.24

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                          32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;25

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