Bible: Proverbs 1-9
Introduction to the Book
Introduction to the Theme of the Book
Admonition to Avoid Easy but Unjust Riches
do not consent! 60
1:11 If they say, “Come with us!
those full of vigor 69 like those going down to the Pit.
we will fill our houses with plunder. 72
1:14 Join with us! 73
1:17 Surely it is futile to spread 85 a net
1:18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, 88
they ambush their own lives! 89
Warning Against Disregarding Wisdom
1:21 at the head of the noisy 100 streets she calls,
and fools 109 hate knowledge?
and did not comply 125 with my rebuke,
I will mock when what you dread 129 comes,
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.
and did not choose to fear the
1:30 they did not comply with my advice,
they spurned 139 all my rebuke.
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.
and will be at ease 149 from the dread of harm.
Benefits of Seeking Wisdom 150
and store up 153 my commands within you,
raise your voice 162 for understanding –
and search for it 166 like hidden treasure,
2:9 Then you will understand 187 righteousness and justice
2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, 191
understanding will guard you,
to walk on the dark 203 ways,
they rejoice in perverse evil; 207
and who are devious 210 in their ways;
2:19 None who go in to her will return, 225
nor will they reach the paths of life. 226
and will keep on the paths of the righteous. 229
2:21 For the upright will reside in the land,
and those with integrity 230 will remain in it,
Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord 235
3:1 My child, 236 do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep 237 my commandments,
and they will add well-being 240 to you.
3:3 Do not let truth and mercy 241 leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart. 242
in the sight of God and people. 245
and he will make your paths straight. 252
3:7 Do not be wise in your own estimation; 253
3:9 Honor 259 the
and from the first fruits of all your crops; 260
3:10 then your barns will be filled completely, 261
3:11 My child, do not despise discipline from the
and do not loathe 265 his rebuke.
3:12 For the
Blessings of Obtaining Wisdom
and the one who obtains 272 understanding.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies,
3:16 Long life 283 is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
3:17 Her ways are very pleasant, 284
and all her paths are peaceful.
and everyone who grasps hold of her will be blessed. 288
3:19 By wisdom the
he established the heavens by understanding. 290
and the clouds drip down dew. 293
3:21 My child, do not let them 294 escape from your sight;
safeguard sound wisdom and discretion. 295
3:23 Then you will walk on your way 301 with security,
Wisdom Demonstrated in Relationships with People
3:27 Do not withhold good from those who need it, 317
3:28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow
3:29 Do not plot 324 evil against your neighbor
when 325 he dwells by you unsuspectingly.
if he has not treated you wrongly.
3:31 Do not envy a violent man, 329
and do not choose to imitate 330 any of his ways;
3:35 The wise inherit honor,
Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 347
do not forsake my teaching.
4:3 When I was a son to my father, 354
a tender only child 355 before my mother,
4:4 he taught me, and he said to me:
“Let your heart lay hold of my words;
keep my commands so that 356 you will live.
4:5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;
do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 357
4:6 Do not forsake wisdom, 358 and she will protect you;
love her, and she will guard you.
4:8 Esteem her highly 363 and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
4:9 She will place a fair 364 garland on your head;
4:10 Listen, my child, 367 and accept my words,
4:11 I will guide you 370 in the way of wisdom
and I will lead you in upright paths. 371
and when you run, 374 you will not stumble.
4:13 Hold on to instruction, 375 do not let it go;
protect it, 376 because it is your life.
4:14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
or walk 377 in the way of those who are evil.
4:15 Avoid it, do not go on it;
turn away from it, and go on. 378
4:16 For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; 379
and drink wine obtained from violence. 384
4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, 385
4:19 The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; 388
they do not know what causes them to stumble. 389
4:20 My child, pay attention to my words;
listen attentively 390 to my sayings.
4:21 Do not let them depart 391 from your sight,
4:22 for they are life to those who find them
and healing to one’s entire body. 394
4:23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, 395
for from it are the sources 396 of life.
keep devious talk far from your lips. 399
4:25 Let your eyes look directly 400 in front of you
and let your gaze 401 look straight before you.
4:27 Do not turn 406 to the right or to the left;
Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil 409
5:1 My child, 410 be attentive to my wisdom,
pay close attention 411 to my understanding,
and that your lips may guard knowledge.
5:3 For the lips 414 of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her seductive words 415 are smoother than olive oil,
sharp as a two-edged 419 sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave. 420
5:7 So now, children, 425 listen to me;
do not turn aside from the words I speak. 426
and do not go near the door of her house,
5:9 lest you give your vigor 429 to others
and your years to a cruel person,
when your flesh and your body are wasted away. 436
5:12 And you will say, “How I hated discipline!
My heart spurned reproof!
in the midst of the whole congregation!” 443
5:15 Drink water from your own cistern
and running water from your own well. 444
5:16 Should your springs be dispersed 445 outside,
your streams of water in the wide plazas?
5:17 Let them be for yourself 446 alone,
and not for strangers with you. 447
5:18 May your fountain be blessed, 448
5:19 a loving doe, 451 a graceful deer;
may her breasts satisfy you at all times,
may you be captivated 452 by her love always.
5:20 But why should you be captivated, 453 my son, by an adulteress,
and embrace the bosom of a different woman? 454
5:21 For the ways of a person 455 are in front of the
5:23 He will die because 464 there was no discipline;
Admonitions and Warnings against Dangerous and Destructive Acts 467
and have been caught by the words you have spoken,
6:3 then, my child, do this in order to deliver yourself, 476
because you have fallen into your neighbor’s power: 477
go, humble yourself, 478
and appeal firmly 479 to your neighbor.
6:4 Permit no sleep to your eyes 480
or slumber to your eyelids.
6:5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from a snare, 481
and like a bird from the trap 482 of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; 483
observe its ways and be wise!
6:7 It has no commander,
overseer, or 484 ruler,
6:8 yet it prepares its food in the summer;
it gathers at the harvest what it will eat. 485
6:9 How long, you sluggard, will you lie there?
When will you rise from your sleep? 486
6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to relax, 487
6:11 and your poverty will come like a robber, 488
and your need like an armed man. 489
6:12 A worthless and wicked person 490
6:13 he winks with his eyes,
signals with his feet,
and points with his fingers; 493
6:14 he plots evil with perverse thoughts 494 in his heart,
he spreads contention 495 at all times.
6:15 Therefore, his disaster will come suddenly;
in an instant 496 he will be broken, and there will be no remedy.
6:16 There are six things that the
and hands that shed innocent blood, 502
6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, 503
feet that are swift to run 504 to evil,
6:19 a false witness who pours out lies, 505
6:20 My child, guard the commands of your father
and do not forsake the instruction of your mother.
6:21 Bind them 508 on your heart continually;
fasten them around your neck.
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
instruction is like a light,
6:25 Do not lust 522 in your heart for her beauty,
and do not let her captivate you with her alluring eyes; 523
6:26 for on account 524 of a prostitute one is brought down to a loaf of bread,
without 530 burning his clothes?
6:28 Can 531 a man walk on hot coals
without scorching his feet?
6:30 People 538 do not despise a thief when he steals
to fulfill his need 539 when he is hungry.
he might even have to give 543 all the wealth of his house.
6:32 A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom, 544
whoever does it destroys his own life. 545
6:33 He will be beaten and despised, 546
and his reproach will not be wiped away; 547
and he will not show mercy 550 when he takes revenge.
he will not be willing, even if you multiply the compensation. 553
Admonition to Avoid the Wiles of the Adulteress 554
7:1 My child, 555 keep my words
and treasure up my commands in your own keeping. 556
7:3 Bind them on your forearm; 561
write them on the tablet of your heart. 562
7:4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” 563
and call understanding a close relative,
7:6 For at the window of my house
through my window lattice I looked out
7:7 and I saw among the naive –
I discerned among the youths 569 –
7:8 He was passing by the street near her corner,
7:9 in the twilight, the evening, 574
in the dark of the night. 575
7:10 Suddenly 576 a woman came out to meet him!
7:11 (She is loud and rebellious,
7:12 at one time outside, at another 581 in the wide plazas,
and by every corner she lies in wait.)
7:13 So she grabbed him and kissed him,
and with a bold expression 582 she said to him,
today I have fulfilled my vows!
7:15 That is why I came out to meet you,
to look for you, 585 and I found you!
7:16 I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, 586
with richly colored fabric 587 from Egypt.
7:17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
he has gone on a journey of some distance.
7:20 He has taken a bag of money with him; 594
7:22 Suddenly he went 601 after her
like an ox that goes to the slaughter,
like a stag prancing into a trapper’s snare 602
7:23 till an arrow pierces his liver 603 –
like a bird hurrying into a trap,
and he does not know that it will cost him his life. 604
7:24 So now, sons, 605 listen to me,
and pay attention to the words I speak. 606
7:25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways –
do not wander into her pathways;
7:26 for she has brought down 607 many fatally wounded,
and all those she has slain are many. 608
7:27 Her house is the way to the grave, 609
The Appeal of Wisdom 612
8:1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
8:2 At the top 613 of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection 614 of the paths she takes her stand;
8:3 beside the gates opening into 615 the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 616
8:4 “To you, O people, 617 I call out,
8:5 You who are naive, discern 620 wisdom!
And you fools, understand discernment! 621
8:6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things, 622
and my lips will utter 623 what is right.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; 628
there is nothing in them twisted 629 or crooked.
8:9 All of them are clear 630 to the discerning
and upright to those who find knowledge.
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
and desirable things cannot be compared 633 to her.
8:12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence, 634
and I find 635 knowledge and discretion.
8:13 The fear of the
I hate arrogant pride 637 and the evil way
and perverse utterances. 638
8:14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me; 639
I possess understanding and might.
8:15 Kings reign by means of me,
8:16 by me princes rule,
8:17 I love 644 those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
8:18 Riches and honor are with me,
long-lasting wealth and righteousness.
8:19 My fruit is better than the purest gold, 645
and what I produce 646 is better than choice silver.
8:20 I walk in the path of righteousness,
in the pathway of justice,
8:21 that I may cause 647 those who love me to inherit wealth,
before his deeds of long ago.
8:23 From eternity I was appointed, 653
from the beginning, from before the world existed. 654
when there were no springs overflowing 657 with water;
8:25 before the mountains were set in place –
before the hills – I was born,
8:26 before he made the earth and its fields, 658
or the beginning 659 of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he marked out the horizon 660 over the face of the deep,
8:28 when he established the clouds above,
when the fountains of the deep grew strong, 661
8:29 when he gave the sea his decree
that the waters should not pass over his command, 662
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
and I was his delight 665 day by day,
rejoicing before him at all times,
8:31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, 666
8:32 “So now, children, 669 listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
and do not neglect it.
8:34 Blessed is the one 672 who listens to me,
watching 673 at my doors day by day,
8:35 For the one who finds me finds 676 life
and receives 677 favor from the
all who hate me 681 love death.”
The Consequences of Accepting Wisdom or Folly 682
9:1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved out its seven pillars. 683
9:2 She has prepared her meat, 684 she has mixed her wine;
she also has arranged her table. 685
9:3 She has sent out her female servants;
she calls out on the highest places 686 of the city.
9:4 “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
9:5 “Come, eat 690 some of my food,
and drink some of the wine I have mixed. 691
and proceed 694 in the way of understanding.”
whoever reproves a wicked person receives 698 abuse.
reprove a wise person and he will love you.
9:11 For because 709 of me your days will be many,
and years will be added 710 to your life.
9:12 If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, 711
9:14 So she sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
who go straight 723 on their way.
9:16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here,”
she says to those who lack understanding. 724
9:17 “Stolen waters 725 are sweet,
and food obtained in secret 726 is pleasant!”
that her guests are in the depths of the grave. 729