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The Purpose of Proverbs
1The proverbs of Solomon # 1Kg 4:32; Pr 10:1; 25:1; Ec 12:9 son of David, king of Israel:
2For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
3for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity; # Pr 2:9
4for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, # Or simple, or gullible # Pr 8:5
knowledge and discretion # Pr 2:11; 3:21 to a young man —
5a wise man will listen and increase his learning, # Pr 9:9; 16:21,23
and a discerning man will obtain guidance —
6for understanding a proverb or a parable, # Or an enigma
the words of the wise, and their riddles. # Nm 12:8; Jdg 14:12; Ps 49:4; Hab 2:6
7The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge; # Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; Pr 9:10; 15:33
fools despise wisdom and discipline. # Eph 5:17
Avoid the Path of the Violent
8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, # Pr 6:20; 31:1
9for they will be a garland # Pr 4:9 of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck. # Gn 41:42; Pr 6:21; Dn 5:29
10My son, if sinners entice you, # Pr 16:29
don’t be persuaded. # Ps 141:4
11If they say — “Come with us!
Let’s set an ambush # Pr 12:6; Jr 5:26 and kill someone. # Lit Let’s ambush for blood
Let’s attack some innocent person # Ps 10:8 just for fun! # Lit person for no reason
12Let’s swallow them alive, # Ps 124:3 like Sheol,
still healthy as they go down to the Pit. # Ps 28:1
13We’ll find all kinds of valuable property
and fill our houses with plunder. # Pr 24:4
14Throw in your lot with us,
and we’ll all share our money” # Lit us; one bag will be for all of us
15my son, don’t travel that road with them # Ps 1:1; Pr 4:14
or set foot on their path, # Ps 119:101; Pr 16:19
16because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder. # Lit to shed blood # Pr 6:17-18; Is 59:7; Rm 3:15
17It is foolish to spread a net
where any bird can see it,
18but they set an ambush to kill themselves; # Lit they ambush for their blood
they attack their own lives.
19Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; # Pr 15:27; Ezk 22:27; Hab 2:6-12
it takes the lives of those who receive it. # Lit takes the life of its masters
Wisdom’s Plea
20Wisdom calls out in the street;
she raises her voice in the public squares. # Pr 8:1-3; 9:3
21She cries out above # Lit at the head of the commotion;
she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
22“How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance?
How long will you mockers # Ps 1:1 enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge? # Jb 21:14; Pr 1:29; 5:12
23If you respond to my warning, # Lit back to my reprimand # Pr 3:11; 15:5,31-32
then I will pour out my spirit on you # Jl 2:28
and teach you my words.
24Since I called out and you refused, # Is 65:12; 66:4; Jr 7:13; Zch 7:11
extended my hand and no one paid attention, # Is 65:2; Rm 10:21
25since you neglected all my counsel # Ps 107:11; Lk 7:30
and did not accept my correction,
26I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. # Ps 2:4
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
28Then they will call me, but I won’t answer;
they will search for me, but won’t find me. # 1Sm 8:18
29Because they hated knowledge,
didn’t choose to fear the Lord, # Pr 1:7
30were not interested in my counsel,
and rejected all my correction, # Pr 5:12; 15:5
31they will eat the fruit of their way # Jr 6:19
and be glutted with their own schemes. # Pr 14:14; 28:19
32For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, # Jr 2:19
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33But whoever listens to me will live securely
and be free from the fear of danger.” # Ps 112:7-8; Pr 3:24-26

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