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1The proverbs of David's son Solomon, king of Israel.
2These proverbs are for gaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
3for acquiring the discipline that produces wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and upright living;
4for giving prudence to the na—ve, and knowledge and discretion to the young.
5Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance
6in understanding proverbs, clever sayings, words of the wise, and their riddles.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8My son, listen to your father's instruction, and do not let go of your mother's teaching.
9They will be a graceful wreath for your head and a chain for your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11If they say, "Come with us! Let's lie in wait for blood; let's ambush some innocent person for no reason at all.
12Let's swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole like those who go down into the Pit.
13We'll find all kinds of valuable wealth, and we'll fill our houses with spoil.
14Throw your lot in with us, and all of us will have one purse."
15My son, do not go along with them, and keep your feet away from their paths!
16For they run toward evil; these enticers shed blood without hesitation.
17Look, it is useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds,
18but these people lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush only themselves.
19Such is the way of all those who seek illicit gain— it takes away the lives of those who possess it.
20Wisdom cries out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares.
21She calls out at the busiest part of the noisy streets, and at the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words:
22"You na—ve ones, how long will you love naivet—? And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing or fools hate knowledge?"
23Return to my correction! Look, I will pour out my spirit on you, and I will make my words known to you.
24"Because I called out to you and you refused to respond— I appealed, but no one paid attention—
25because you neglected all my advice and did not want my correction,
26I will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when what you fear comes,
27when what you dread comes like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
28"Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29"Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD;
30they did not want my advice, and they rejected all my correction.
31They will eat the fruit of their way, and they will be filled with their own devices.
32Indeed, the waywardness of the na—ve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33"But the person who listens to me will live safely and will be secure from the fear of evil."