Proverbs 1:7-19 - Advice To The Young

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

8 My son, listen to your father's instruction, and do not let go of your mother's teaching. 9 They will be a graceful wreath for your head and a chain for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 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. 12 Let's swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole like those who go down into the Pit. 13 We'll find all kinds of valuable wealth, and we'll fill our houses with spoil. 14 Throw your lot in with us, and all of us will have one purse." 15 My son, do not go along with them, and keep your feet away from their paths! 16 For they run toward evil; these enticers shed blood without hesitation. 17 Look, it is useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds, 18 but these people lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush only themselves. 19 Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain it takes away the lives of those who possess it.

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