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1The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel;2to know wisdom and chastening; to understand prudent words;3to receive the chastening of prudence, justice, judgment, and equity;4to give prudence to the simple, and to the young men knowledge and council.5If the wise will hear them, doctrine shall increase, and the man of understanding shall acquire wise counsel:6To understand a parable and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their enigmas.
7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and chastening.8My son, hearken unto the chastening of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:9For they shall be an increase of grace unto thy head and protection about thy neck.
10My son, if sinners entice thee, do not consent.11If they say, Come with us, let us lay in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without cause.12Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol and whole as those that go down into the pit;13We shall find all kinds of riches, we shall fill our houses with spoil.14Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:15My son, do not walk in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:16For their feet shall run to evil and make haste to shed blood.17Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.18And they lay in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own souls.19So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain which takes away the life of those who possess it.
20Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets:21She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words, saying,22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and the fools hate knowledge?23Return at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.24Because I have called and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one responded;25for because ye have disregarded all my counsel and rejected my reproof:26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes upon you;27when what you have feared comes as destruction, and your calamity comes as a whirlwind; when tribulation and anguish come upon you.28Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:29Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord:30They rejected my counsel: they despised all my reproof.31Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own counsel.32For the rest of the ignorant shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.33But whosoever hearkens unto me shall dwell safely and shall rest from the fear of evil.