Bible: Proverbs 1

Introduction to the Book

1:1 The Proverbs 1  of 2  Solomon 3  son of David, 4  king of Israel: 5 

1:2 To 6  learn 7  wisdom 8  and moral instruction, 9 

and to discern 10  wise counsel. 11 

1:3 To receive 12  moral instruction 13  in skillful living, 14 

in 15  righteousness, 16  justice, 17  and equity. 18 

1:4 To impart 19  shrewdness 20  to the morally naive, 21 

and 22  a discerning 23  plan 24  to the young person. 25 

1:5 (Let the wise also 26  hear 27  and gain 28  instruction,

and let the discerning 29  acquire 30  guidance! 31 )

1:6 To discern 32  the meaning of 33  a proverb and a parable, 34 

the sayings of the wise 35  and their 36  riddles. 37 

Introduction to the Theme of the Book

1:7 Fearing the Lord 38  is the beginning 39  of moral knowledge, 40 

but 41  fools 42  despise 43  wisdom and instruction. 44 

1:8 Listen, 45  my child, 46  to the instruction 47  from 48  your father,

and do not forsake the teaching 49  from 50  your mother.

1:9 For they will be like 51  an elegant 52  garland 53  on 54  your head,

and like 55  pendants 56  around 57  your neck.

Admonition to Avoid Easy but Unjust Riches

1:10 My child, if sinners 58  try to entice 59  you,

do not consent! 60 

1:11 If they say, “Come with us!

We will 61  lie in wait 62  to shed blood; 63 

we will ambush 64  an innocent person 65  capriciously. 66 

1:12 We will swallow them alive 67  like Sheol, 68 

those full of vigor 69  like those going down to the Pit.

1:13 We will seize 70  all kinds 71  of precious wealth;

we will fill our houses with plunder. 72 

1:14 Join with us! 73 

We will all share 74  equally in what we steal.” 75 

1:15 My child, do not go down 76  their way, 77 

withhold yourself 78  from their path; 79 

1:16 for they 80  are eager 81  to inflict harm, 82 

and they hasten 83  to shed blood. 84 

1:17 Surely it is futile to spread 85  a net

in plain sight of 86  any bird, 87 

1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, 88 

they ambush their own lives! 89 

1:19 Such 90  are the ways 91  of all who gain profit unjustly; 92 

it 93  takes away the life 94  of those who obtain it! 95 

Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom

1:20 Wisdom 96  calls out 97  in the street,

she shouts loudly 98  in the plazas; 99 

1:21 at the head of the noisy 100  streets she calls,

in the entrances of the gates in the city 101  she utters her words: 102 

1:22How long will you simpletons 103  love naiveté? 104 

How long 105  will mockers 106  delight 107  in mockery 108 

and fools 109  hate knowledge?

1:23 If only 110  you will respond 111  to my rebuke, 112 

then 113  I will pour 114  out my thoughts 115  to you

and 116  I will make 117  my words known to you.

1:24 However, 118  because 119  I called but you refused to listen, 120 

because 121  I stretched out my hand 122  but no one paid attention,

1:25 because 123  you neglected 124  all my advice,

and did not comply 125  with my rebuke,

1:26 so 126  I myself will laugh 127  when disaster strikes you, 128 

I will mock when what you dread 129  comes,

1:27 when what you dread 130  comes like a whirlwind, 131 

and disaster strikes you 132  like a devastating storm, 133 

when distressing trouble 134  comes on you.

1:28 Then they will call to me, but I will not answer;

they will diligently seek 135  me, but they will not find me.

1:29 Because 136  they hated moral knowledge, 137 

and did not choose to fear the Lord, 138 

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned 139  all my rebuke.

1:31 Therefore 140  they will eat from the fruit 141  of their way, 142 

and they will be stuffed full 143  of their own counsel.

1:32 For the waywardness 144  of the

simpletons will kill 145  them,

and the careless ease 146  of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But the one who listens 147  to me will live in security, 148 

and will be at ease 149  from the dread of harm.

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