Bible: Proverbs 1:8-19

1:8 Listen, 1  my child, 2  to the instruction 3  from 4  your father,

and do not forsake the teaching 5  from 6  your mother.

1:9 For they will be like 7  an elegant 8  garland 9  on 10  your head,

and like 11  pendants 12  around 13  your neck.

Admonition to Avoid Easy but Unjust Riches

1:10 My child, if sinners 14  try to entice 15  you,

do not consent! 16 

1:11 If they say, “Come with us!

We will 17  lie in wait 18  to shed blood; 19 

we will ambush 20  an innocent person 21  capriciously. 22 

1:12 We will swallow them alive 23  like Sheol, 24 

those full of vigor 25  like those going down to the Pit.

1:13 We will seize 26  all kinds 27  of precious wealth;

we will fill our houses with plunder. 28 

1:14 Join with us! 29 

We will all share 30  equally in what we steal.” 31 

1:15 My child, do not go down 32  their way, 33 

withhold yourself 34  from their path; 35 

1:16 for they 36  are eager 37  to inflict harm, 38 

and they hasten 39  to shed blood. 40 

1:17 Surely it is futile to spread 41  a net

in plain sight of 42  any bird, 43 

1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, 44 

they ambush their own lives! 45 

1:19 Such 46  are the ways 47  of all who gain profit unjustly; 48 

it 49  takes away the life 50  of those who obtain it! 51 

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