1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;
1:3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, In righteousness, justice, and equity;
1:4 To give prudence to the simple, Knowledge and discretion to the young man:
1:6 To understand a proverb, and parables, The words and riddles of the wise.
1:7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
1:8 My son, listen to your father`s instruction, And don`t forsake your mother`s teaching:
1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, don`t consent.
1:11 If they say, "Come with us, Let`s lay in wait for blood; Let`s lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
1:12 Let`s swallow them up alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down into the pit.
1:13 We`ll find all valuable wealth. We`ll fill our houses with spoil.
1:14 You shall cast your lot among us. We`ll all have one purse."
1:15 My son, don`t walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,
1:16 For their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.
1:17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
1:18 These lay wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain. It takes away the life of its owners.
1:24 Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
1:25 But you have ignored all my counsel, And wanted none of my reproof;
1:26 I also will laugh at your disaster. I will mock when calamity overtakes you;
1:27 When calamity overtakes you like a storm, When your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come on you.
1:28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;
1:29 Because they hated knowledge, And didn`t choose the fear of Yahweh.
1:30 They wanted none of my counsel. They despised all my reproof.
1:31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own schemes.
1:32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, And will be at ease, without fear of harm.