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1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of
David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to
perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of
wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to
the young man knowledge and discretion .
5 A wise man will hear, and
will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise
6 To understand a proverb, and the
interpretation ; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of
thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an
ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee,
consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us
lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as
the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious
substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us
all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way
with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and
make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread
in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own
blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every
one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the
20 Wisdom crieth without; she
uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of
concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye
love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I
will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye
refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my
counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your
calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as
desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and
anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but
I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the
fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the
simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me
shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
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