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.
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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