The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
To know2 wisdom and instruction; to perceive53 the words of understanding;
To receive2 the instruction of wisdom,53 justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give2 subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise [man] will hear,4 and will increase55 learning; and a man of understanding12 shall attain4 unto wise counsels:
To understand53 a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise1 wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear3 the instruction of thy father, and forsake4 not the law of thy mother:
For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
My son, if sinners entice17 thee, consent4 thou not.
If they say,4 Come3 with us, let us lay wait4 for blood, let us lurk privily4 for the innocent without cause:
Let us swallow them up4 alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down6 into the pit:
We shall find4 all precious substance, we shall fill17 our houses with spoil:
Cast55 in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
My son, walk4 not thou in the way with them; refrain3 thy foot from their path:
For their feet run4 to evil, and make haste17 to shed2 blood.
Surely in vain the net is spread30 in the sight of any bird. 3671
And they lay wait4 for their [own] blood; they lurk privily4 for their [own] lives.
So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy6 of gain; [which] taketh away4 the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom crieth4 without; she uttereth4 her voice in the streets:
She crieth4 in the chief place of concourse,6 in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth4 her words, [saying],
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love4 simplicity? and the scorners5 delight1 in their scorning, and fools hate4 knowledge?
Turn4 you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out55 my spirit unto you, I will make known55 my words unto you.
Because I have called,1 and ye refused;17 I have stretched out1 my hand, and no man regarded;56
But ye have set at nought4 all my counsel, and would1 none of my reproof:
I also will laugh4 at your calamity; I will mock4 when your fear cometh;2
When your fear cometh2 as desolation, 7584 and your destruction cometh4 as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh2 upon you.
Then shall they call4 upon me, but I will not answer;4 they shall seek me early,17 but they shall not find4 me:
For that they hated1 knowledge, and did not choose1 the fear of the LORD:
They would1 none of my counsel: they despised1 all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat4 of the fruit of their own way, and be filled4 with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay4 them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy17 them.
But whoso hearkeneth6 unto me shall dwell4 safely, and shall be quiet40 from fear of evil.