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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 1

1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother:
1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto your head, and chains about your neck.
1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not.
1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privately for the innocent without cause:
1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
1:14 Cast in your lot among us; let us all have one purse:
1:15 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path:
1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privately for their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes away the life of the owners thereof.
1:20 Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets:
1:21 She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying,
1:22 How long, all of you simple ones, will all of you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
1:24 Because I have called, and all of you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
1:25 But all of you have set at nothing all my counsel, and refused my reproof:
1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;
1:27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.
1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
1:30 They refused my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
1:33 But whoso hearkens unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

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