my son, go thou not with them; forbid thy foot from the paths of them (do not let thy foot go onto their paths).
For the feet of them run to evil; and they hasten to shed out blood.
But a net is laid in vain before the eyes of birds, that have wings.
Also they set ambush against their own blood; and make ready frauds, or guiles, against their (own) souls.
So the paths of each avaricious man ravish, or take away, the souls of them that wield (them).
Wisdom preacheth withoutforth; in streets it giveth his voice. (Wisdom preacheth outside; yea, it raiseth up its voice in the streets.)
It crieth oft in the head of companies; in the leaves of [the] gates of the city it bringeth forth his words, and saith, (It crieth often at the tops of the streets; and at the leaves of the gates of the city, it bringeth forth its words, and saith,)
How long, little men in wit, love young childhood, and fools shall covet those things, that be harmful to themselves, and unprudent men shall hate knowing? (How long, ye of little wit, or of low intelligence, shall ye love foolishness, and shall fools desire those things that be harmful to themselves, and shall the imprudent hate knowledge, or understanding?)
Be ye converted at my reproving (Be ye changed by my rebukes); lo, I shall bring forth to you my spirit, and I shall show (you) my words.
For I called, and ye forsook; I held forth mine hand, and none there was that beheld. (For I called, but you would not listen to me; I held forth my hand, but no one paid any attention to it.)
Ye have despised all my counsel; and charged not my blamings (and would not listen to my rebukes).