Proverbs 1:8-33 NIV

Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against Enticement

8 Listen, my son,1 to your father's2 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.3

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      9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.4

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      10 My son, if sinners entice5 you, do not give in6 to them.7

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      11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait8 for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;

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      12 let's swallow9 them alive, like the grave,a and whole, like those who go down to the pit;10

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        • b 1:12 - Hebrew "Sheol"
          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 purse11"--

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              15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot12 on their paths;13

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              16 for their feet rush into sin,14 they are swift to shed blood.15

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              17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
              18 These men lie in wait16 for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!17

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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.18

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                  Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

                  20 Wisdom calls aloud19 in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;

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                      21 at the head of the noisy streetsb 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 onesc20 love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate21 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 rejected22 me when I called23 and no one gave heed24 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 laugh25 at your disaster;26 I will mock27 when calamity overtakes you28--

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                                  27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster29 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;30 they will look for me but will not find me.31

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                                  29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,32

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                                  30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,33

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                                  31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.34

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                                  32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;35

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                                  33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety36 and be at ease, without fear of harm."37

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