- The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
- To know wisdom and instruction;
To discern the words of understanding;
- To receive instruction in wise dealing, In righteousness and justice and equity;
- To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion:
- That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;
And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:
- To understand a proverb, and a figure, The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
- The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge;
[But] the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
- My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:
- For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, And chains about thy neck.
- My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.
- If they say, Come with us, Let us lay wait for blood;
Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
- Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, And whole, as those that go down into the pit;
- We shall find all precious substance;
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
- Thou shalt cast thy lot among us;
We will all have one purse:
- My son, walk not thou in the way with them;
Refrain thy foot from their path:
- For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
- For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird:
- And these lay wait for their own blood;
They lurk privily for their own lives.
- So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
- Wisdom crieth aloud in the street;
She uttereth her voice in the broad places;
- She crieth in the chief place of concourse;
At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words:
- How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?
- Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you;
I will make known my words unto you.
- Because I have called, and ye have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;
- But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof:
- I also will laugh in [the day of] your calamity;
I will mock when your fear cometh;
- When your fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind;
When distress and anguish come upon you.
- Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:
- For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah:
- They would none of my counsel;
They despised all my reproof.
- Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices.
- For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.
- But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.