Holman Christian Standard Bible
1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2For learning what wisdom and discipline are; for understanding insightful sayings;
3for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
4for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man--
5a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance--
6for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,
9for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a gold chain around your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.
11If they say--"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!
12Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, still healthy as they go down to the Pit.
13We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.
14Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share our money"--
15my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,
16because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.
17It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it,
18but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.
19Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.
20Wisdom calls out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares.
21She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:"
22How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?
23If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.
24Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction,
26I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you,
27when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you.
28Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.
29Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the LORD,
30were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,
31they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes.
32For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger."