Bible: Proverbs 1:8-33

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 

Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom

1:20 Wisdom 52  calls out 53  in the street,

she shouts loudly 54  in the plazas; 55 

1:21 at the head of the noisy 56  streets she calls,

in the entrances of the gates in the city 57  she utters her words: 58 

1:22How long will you simpletons 59  love naiveté? 60 

How long 61  will mockers 62  delight 63  in mockery 64 

and fools 65  hate knowledge?

1:23 If only 66  you will respond 67  to my rebuke, 68 

then 69  I will pour 70  out my thoughts 71  to you

and 72  I will make 73  my words known to you.

1:24 However, 74  because 75  I called but you refused to listen, 76 

because 77  I stretched out my hand 78  but no one paid attention,

1:25 because 79  you neglected 80  all my advice,

and did not comply 81  with my rebuke,

1:26 so 82  I myself will laugh 83  when disaster strikes you, 84 

I will mock when what you dread 85  comes,

1:27 when what you dread 86  comes like a whirlwind, 87 

and disaster strikes you 88  like a devastating storm, 89 

when distressing trouble 90  comes on you.

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

they will diligently seek 91  me, but they will not find me.

1:29 Because 92  they hated moral knowledge, 93 

and did not choose to fear the Lord, 94 

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned 95  all my rebuke.

1:31 Therefore 96  they will eat from the fruit 97  of their way, 98 

and they will be stuffed full 99  of their own counsel.

1:32 For the waywardness 100  of the

simpletons will kill 101  them,

and the careless ease 102  of fools will destroy them.

1:33 But the one who listens 103  to me will live in security, 104 

and will be at ease 105  from the dread of harm.

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