let's swallow1 them alive, like the grave,a and whole, like those who go down to the pit;213
we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse3"--
my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot4 on their paths;516
for their feet rush into sin,6 they are swift to shed blood.717
How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
These men lie in wait8 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!919
Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.10
Wisdom calls aloud11 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
at the head of the noisy streetsb she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
"How long will you simple onesc12 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate13 knowledge?