1These are the proverbs of Solomon. He was the son of David and the king of Israel.2Proverbs teach you wisdom and train you. They help you understand wise sayings.3They provide you with training and help you live wisely. They lead to what is right and honest and fair.4They give understanding to childish people. They give knowledge and good sense to those who are young.5Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned. Let those who understand what is right get guidance.6What I'm teaching also helps you understand proverbs and stories. It helps you understand the sayings and riddles of those who are wise.7If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. But foolish people hate wisdom and training.8My son, listen to your father's advice. Don't turn away from your mother's teaching.9What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head. It will be like a chain to decorate your neck.10My son, if sinners tempt you, don't give in to them.11They might say, "Come along with us. Let's hide and wait to spill someone's blood. Let's catch some harmless people in our trap.12Let's swallow them alive, as the grave does. Let's swallow them whole, like those who go down into the pit.13We'll get all kinds of valuable things. We'll fill our houses with what we steal.14Come and join our gang. We'll share everything we have."15My son, don't go along with them. Don't even set your feet on their paths.16They are always in a hurry to sin. They are quick to spill someone's blood.17How useless it is to spread a net while all the birds are watching!18Those who hide and wait will spill their own blood. They will be caught in their own trap.19That's what happens to everyone who goes after money in the wrong way. That kind of money takes away the lives of those who get it.20Wisdom calls out in the street. She raises her voice in public places.21At the noisy street corners she cries out. Here is what she says near the gates of the city.22"How long will you childish people love your childish ways? How long will you rude people enjoy making fun of God and others? How long will you foolish people hate knowledge?23Suppose you had paid attention to my warning. Then I would have poured out my heart to you. I would have told you what I was thinking.24But you turned away from me when I called out to you. None of you paid attention when I reached out my hand.25You turned away from all my advice. You wouldn't accept my warning.26So I will laugh at you when you are in danger. I will make fun of you when hard times come.27I will laugh when hard times hit you like a storm. I will laugh when danger comes your way like a windstorm. I will make fun of you when suffering and trouble come.28"Then you will call to me. But I won't answer. You will look for me. But you won't find me.29You hated knowledge. You didn't choose to have respect for the Lord.30You wouldn't accept my advice. You turned your backs on my warnings.31So you will eat the fruit of the way you have lived. You will choke on the fruit of what you have planned.32"Childish people go down the wrong path. They will die. Foolish people are satisfied with the way they live. They will be destroyed.33But those who listen to me will live in safety. They will not worry. They won't be afraid of getting hurt."
1My son, accept my words. Store up my commands inside you.2Let your ears listen to wisdom. Apply your heart to understanding.3Call out for the ability to be wise. Cry out for understanding.4Look for it as you would look for silver. Search for it as you would search for hidden treasure.5Then you will understand how to have respect for the Lord. You will find out how to know God.6The LORD gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.7He stores up success for honest people. He is like a shield to those who live without blame. He keeps them safe.8He guards the path of those who are honest. He watches over the way of his faithful ones.9You will understand what is right and honest and fair. You will understand the right way to live.10Your heart will become wise. Your mind will delight in knowledge.11Good sense will keep you safe. Understanding will guard you.12Wisdom will save you from the ways of evil men. It will save you from men who twist their words.13Men like that leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways.14They take delight in doing what is wrong. They take joy in twisting everything around.15Their paths are crooked. Their ways are not straight.16Wisdom will save you from a woman who commits adultery. It will save you from a sinful wife and her tempting words.17She leaves the man she married when she was young. She breaks the promise she made to her God.18Her house leads down to death. Her paths lead to the spirits of the dead.19No one who goes to her comes back or reaches the paths of life.20You will walk in the ways of good people. You will follow the paths of those who do right.21Honest people will live in the land. Those who are without blame will remain in it.22But sinners will be cut off from the land. Those who aren't faithful will be torn away from it.
1My son, do not forget my teaching. Keep my commands in your heart.2They will help you live for many years. They will bring you success.3Don't let love and truth ever leave you. Tie them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.4Then you will find favor and a good name in the eyes of God and people.5Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.6In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight.7Don't be wise in your own eyes. Have respect for the LORD and avoid evil.8That will bring health to your body. It will make your bones strong.9Honor the LORD with your wealth. Give him the first share of all your crops.10Then your storerooms will be so full they can't hold everything. Your huge jars will spill over with fresh wine.11My son, do not hate the LORD's training. Do not object when he corrects you.12The LORD trains those he loves. He is like a father who trains the son he is pleased with.13Blessed is the one who finds wisdom. Blessed is the one who gains understanding.14Wisdom pays better than silver does. She earns more than gold does.15She is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.16Long life is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.17Her ways are pleasant ways. All her paths lead to peace.18She is a tree of life to those who hold her close. Those who hold on to her will be blessed.19By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations. Through understanding he set the heavens in place.20By his knowledge the seas were separated, and the clouds dropped their dew.21My son, hold on to good sense and the understanding of what is right. Don't let them out of your sight.22They will be life for you. They will be like a gracious necklace around your neck.23Then you will go on your way in safety. You will not trip and fall.24When you lie down, you won't be afraid. When you lie down, you will sleep soundly.25Don't be terrified by sudden trouble. Don't be afraid when sinners are destroyed.26The LORD is the one you will trust in. He will keep your feet from being caught in a trap.27Don't hold back good from those who are worthy of it. Don't hold it back when you can help.28Suppose you have something to give. Don't say to your neighbor, "Come back later. I'll give it to you tomorrow."29Don't plan to harm your neighbor. He lives near you and trusts you.30Don't bring charges against a man without any reason. He has not harmed you.31Don't be jealous of a man who hurts others. Don't choose any of his ways.32The LORD really hates sinful people. But he makes honest people his closest friends.33The LORD puts a curse on the houses of sinners. But he blesses the homes of those who do what is right.34He laughs at proud people who make fun of others. But he gives grace to those who are not proud.35Wise people receive honor. But the LORD puts foolish people to shame.