1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

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2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,aknowledge and discretion to the young—

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    • a 1:4 - The Hebrew word rendered "simple" in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
      5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

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      6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.b

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        • b 1:6 - Or "understanding a proverb, namely, a parable," / "and the sayings of the wise, their riddles"
          7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsc despise wisdom and instruction.

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            • c 1:7 - The Hebrew words rendered "fool" in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.

              Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

              Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

              8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

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                  9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

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                  10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

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                  11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;

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                  12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

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                      13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
                      14 cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—

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

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                          16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

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                          17 How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!
                          18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!

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                              19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

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                              Wisdom’s Rebuke

                              20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square;

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                                  21 on top of the walld she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:

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                                    • d 1:21 - Septuagint; Hebrew "/ at noisy street corners"
                                      22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

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                                      23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.
                                      24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

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                                      25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,
                                      26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

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                                          27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster 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; they will look for me but will not find me,

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                                          29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.

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                                          30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,

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

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

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                                          33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

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