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Proverbs 1:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 for understanding proverbs and parables,1 the sayings and riddles2 of the wise.3 7 The fear of the LORD 4 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsa despise wisdom5 and discipline.6

Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against Enticement

8 Listen, my son,7 to your father's8 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.9 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.10 10 My son, if sinners entice11 you, do not give in12 to them.13 11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait14 for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul; 12 let's swallow15 them alive, like the grave,b and whole, like those who go down to the pit;16 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse17"-- 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot18 on their paths;19 16 for their feet rush into sin,20 they are swift to shed blood.21
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