Proverbs 1



Prologue

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

1 The proverbs of David's son Solomon, king of Israel.

1 The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

2 These proverbs are for gaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;

2 That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

3 for acquiring the discipline that produces wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and upright living;

3 Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,

4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,

4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

4 for giving prudence to the naive, and knowledge and discretion to the young.

4 That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth -- "

5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

5 Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance

5 The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly] -- "

6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

6 in understanding proverbs, clever sayings, words of the wise, and their riddles.

6 That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.

Advice To The Young

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

7 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

Lecture Against Gang Behavior

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;

8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

8 My son, listen to your father's instruction, and do not let go of your mother's teaching.

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father; reject not nor forsake the teaching of your mother.

9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.

9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

9 They will be a graceful wreath for your head and a chain for your neck.

9 For they are a [victor's] chaplet (garland) of grace upon your head and chains and pendants [of gold worn by kings] for your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

11 If they say, "Come with us! Let's lie in wait for blood; let's ambush some innocent person for no reason at all.

11 If they say, Come with us; let us lie in wait [to shed] blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause [and show that his piety is in vain];

12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;

12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

12 Let's swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole like those who go down into the Pit.

12 Let us swallow them up alive as does Sheol (the place of the dead), and whole, as those who go down into the pit [of the dead];

13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;

13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

13 We'll find all kinds of valuable wealth, and we'll fill our houses with spoil.

13 We shall find and take all kinds of precious goods [when our victims are put out of the way], we shall fill our houses with plunder;

14 Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"

14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

14 Throw your lot in with us, and all of us will have one purse."

14 Throw in your lot with us [they insist] and be a sworn brother and comrade; let us all have one purse in common -- "

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them Keep your feet from their path,

15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

15 My son, do not go along with them, and keep your feet away from their paths!

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; restrain your foot from their path;

16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

16 For they run toward evil; these enticers shed blood without hesitation.

16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;

17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

17 Look, it is useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds,

17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

18 But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

18 but these people lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush only themselves.

18 But [when these men set a trap for others] they are lying in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

19 Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain it takes away the lives of those who possess it.

19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; such [greed for plunder] takes away the lives of its possessors.

The Call Of Lady Wisdom

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;

20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

20 Wisdom cries out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares.

20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets;

21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

21 She calls out at the busiest part of the noisy streets, and at the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words:

21 She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22 "How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

22 "You naive ones, how long will you love naivety And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing or fools hate knowledge?"

22 How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?

23 "Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

23 Return to my correction! Look, I will pour out my spirit on you, and I will make my words known to you.

23 If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [ Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.

24 "Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

24 "Because I called out to you and you refused to respond I appealed, but no one paid attention

24 Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it,

25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;

25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

25 because you neglected all my advice and did not want my correction,

25 And you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof,

26 I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

26 I will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when what you fear comes,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic -- "

27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

27 when what you dread comes like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

27 When your panic comes as a storm and desolation and your calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

28 "Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

28 Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

29 "Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD;

29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord,

30 "They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

30 they did not want my advice, and they rejected all my correction.

30 Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,

31 "So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.

31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

31 They will eat the fruit of their way, and they will be filled with their own devices.

31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices.

32 "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

32 Indeed, the waywardness of the naive will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of [self-confident] fools shall destroy them.

33 "But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."

33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

33 "But the person who listens to me will live safely and will be secure from the fear of evil."

33 But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.



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