Bible: Proverbs 1:15-33

1:15 My child, do not go down 1  their way, 2 

withhold yourself 3  from their path; 4 

1:16 for they 5  are eager 6  to inflict harm, 7 

and they hasten 8  to shed blood. 9 

1:17 Surely it is futile to spread 10  a net

in plain sight of 11  any bird, 12 

1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, 13 

they ambush their own lives! 14 

1:19 Such 15  are the ways 16  of all who gain profit unjustly; 17 

it 18  takes away the life 19  of those who obtain it! 20 

Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom

1:20 Wisdom 21  calls out 22  in the street,

she shouts loudly 23  in the plazas; 24 

1:21 at the head of the noisy 25  streets she calls,

in the entrances of the gates in the city 26  she utters her words: 27 

1:22How long will you simpletons 28  love naiveté? 29 

How long 30  will mockers 31  delight 32  in mockery 33 

and fools 34  hate knowledge?

1:23 If only 35  you will respond 36  to my rebuke, 37 

then 38  I will pour 39  out my thoughts 40  to you

and 41  I will make 42  my words known to you.

1:24 However, 43  because 44  I called but you refused to listen, 45 

because 46  I stretched out my hand 47  but no one paid attention,

1:25 because 48  you neglected 49  all my advice,

and did not comply 50  with my rebuke,

1:26 so 51  I myself will laugh 52  when disaster strikes you, 53 

I will mock when what you dread 54  comes,

1:27 when what you dread 55  comes like a whirlwind, 56 

and disaster strikes you 57  like a devastating storm, 58 

when distressing trouble 59  comes on you.

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

they will diligently seek 60  me, but they will not find me.

1:29 Because 61  they hated moral knowledge, 62 

and did not choose to fear the Lord, 63 

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned 64  all my rebuke.

1:31 Therefore 65  they will eat from the fruit 66  of their way, 67 

and they will be stuffed full 68  of their own counsel.

1:32 For the waywardness 69  of the

simpletons will kill 70  them,

and the careless ease 71  of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But the one who listens 72  to me will live in security, 73 

and will be at ease 74  from the dread of harm.

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