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
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
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
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
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
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
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and
1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and
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
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
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
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
1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear
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
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.