1The proverbs of Shelomoh son of Dawiḏ, sovereign of Yisra’ĕl:
2For knowing wisdom and discipline, For understanding the words of understanding,
3For receiving the discipline of wisdom, Righteousness, right-ruling, and straightness;
4For giving insight to the simple, Knowledge and discretion to the young.
5The wise one hears and increases learning, And the understanding one gets wise counsel,
6For understanding a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
7The fear of יהוה is the beginning of knowledge;#See Prov. 9:10; Psa. 111:10 Fools despise wisdom and discipline.
8My son, heed the discipline of your father, And do not forsake the Torah of your mother;
9For they are a fair wreath on your head, And chains about your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in.
11If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause.
12“Let us swallow them alive like She’ol, And entirely, like those going down to the pit.
13“Let us find all precious goods, Let us fill our houses with spoil.
14“Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse,”
15My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;
16For their feet run to evil, And they hurry to shed blood.
17For in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird.
18But they lie in wait for their own blood, They ambush their own lives.
19Such are the ways of everyone greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
20Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the broad places.
21At the head of the noisy streets she cries out, At the openings of the gates, In the city she speaks her words:
22“How long, you simple ones, Would you love simplicity, And shall scoffers delight in their scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?
23“Turn at my reproof. See, I pour out my spirit on you, I make my words known to you.
24“Because I called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one inclined,
25“And you spurned all my counsel, And would not yield to my reproof,
26“Let me also laugh at your calamity, Mock when your dread comes,
27“When your dread comes like a storm, And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
28“Let them then call on me, but I answer not; Let them seek me, but not find me.
29“Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of יהוה,
30“They did not accept my counsel, They despised all my reproof,
31“Therefore let them eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own counsels.
32“For the turning away of the simple kills them, And the complacency of fools destroys them.
33“But whoever listens to me dwells safely, And is at ease from the dread of evil.”