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:
1:5 that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:
1:6 to understand a proverb, and parables, the words and riddles of the wise.
1:7 The fear of the Lord 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:
1:9 for they will be a garland to grace your head, and chains around your neck.
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 us 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 but 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 for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.
1:20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares.
1:21 She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
1:22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, and fools hate knowledge?
1:23 Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make known my words to you.
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 the Lord.
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."