The Septuagint versus the Masoretic
The English version of the Septuagint text, Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton
compared to the English version of the Masoretic text in the King James translation

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Proverbs 1

Septuagint Masoretic

1:1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, who reigned in Israel;

1:2 to know wisdom and instruction, and to perceive words of understanding;

1:3 to receive also hard saying, and to understand true justice, and [how] to direct judgement;

1:4 that he might give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man discernment and understanding.

1:5 For by the hearing of these a wise man will be wiser, and man of understanding will gain direction;

1:6 and will understand a parable, and a dark speech; the saying of the wise also, and riddles.

1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and [there is] good understanding to all that practise it: and piety toward God is the beginning of discernment; but the ungodly will set at nought wisdom and instruction.

1:8 Hear, [my] son, the instruction of thy father, and reject not the rules of thy mother.

1:9 For thou shalt receive for thine head a crown of graces, and a chain of gold round thy neck.

1:10 [My] son, let not ungodly men lead thee astray, neither consent thou [to them].

1:11 If they should exhort thee, saying, Come with us, partake in blood, and let us unjustly hide the just man in the earth:

1:12 and let us swallow him alive, as Hades [would], and remove the memorial of him from the earth:

1:13 let us seize on his valuable property, and let us fill our houses with spoils:

1:14 but do thou cast in thy lot with us, and let us all provide a common purse, and let us have one pouch:

1:15 go not in the way with them, but turn aside thy foot from their paths:


1:17 for nets are not without cause spread for birds.

1:18 For they that are concerned in murder store up evils for themselves; and the overthrow of transgressors is evil.

1:19 These are the ways of all that perform lawless deeds; for by ungodliness they destroy their own life.

1:20 Wisdom sings aloud in passages, and in the broad places speaks boldly.

1:21 And she makes proclamation on the top of the walls, and sits by the gates of princes; and at the gates of the city boldly says,

1:22 So long as the simple cleave to justice, they shall not be ashamed: but the foolish being lovers of haughtiness, having become ungodly have hated knowledge, and are become subject to reproofs.

1:23 Behold, I will bring forth to you the utterance of my breath, and I will instruct you in my speech.

1:24 Since I called, and ye did not hearken; and I spoke at length, and ye gave no heed;

1:25 but ye set at nought my counsels, and disregarded my reproofs;

1:26 therefore I also will laugh at your destruction; and I will rejoice against [you] when ruin comes upon you:

1:27 yea when dismay suddenly comes upon you, and [your] overthrow shall arrive like a tempest; and when tribulation and distress shall come upon you, or when ruin shall come upon you.

1:28 For it shall be that when ye call upon me, I will not hearken to you: wicked men shall seek me, but shall not find [me].

1:29 For they hated wisdom, and did not choose the word of the Lord:

1:30 neither would they attend to my counsels, but derided my reproofs.

1:31 Therefore shall they eat the fruits of their own way, and shall be filled with their own ungodliness.

1:32 For because they wronged the simple, they shall be slain; and an inquisition shall ruin the ungodly.

1:33 But he that hearkens to me shall dwell in confidence, and shall rest securely from all evil.

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 subtilty 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 thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily 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 thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy 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 privily for their own lives.

1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye 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 ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh 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 would none of 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 hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.