The Purpose of Proverbs
1The proverbs of Solomon #1Kg 4:32Pr 10:1|NoBook| 25:1Ec 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|NoBook| 3:21 to a young man —
5a wise man will listen and increase his learning, #Pr 9:9|NoBook| 16:21
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 12:8Jdg 14:12Ps 49:4Hab 2:6
7The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge; #Jb 28:28Ps 111:10Pr 9:10|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 31:1
9for they will be a garland #Pr 4:9 of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck. #Gn 41:42Pr 6:21Dn 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 12:6Jr 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 1:1Pr 4:14
or set foot on their path, #Ps 119:101Pr 16:19
16because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder. # Lit to shed blood #Pr 6:17-18Is 59:7Rm 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 15:27Ezk 22:27Hab 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|NoBook| 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 21:14Pr 1:29|NoBook| 5:12
23If you respond to my warning, # Lit back to my reprimand #Pr 3:11|NoBook| 15:5
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|NoBook| 66:4Jr 7:13Zch 7:11
extended my hand and no one paid attention, #Is 65:2Rm 10:21
25since you neglected all my counsel #Ps 107:11Lk 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|NoBook| 15:5
31they will eat the fruit of their way #Jr 6:19
and be glutted with their own schemes. #Pr 14:14|NoBook| 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 112:7-8Pr 3:24-26
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