Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding
sayings of intelligence,
For receiving the instruction of wisdom, Righteousness,
judgment, and uprightness,
For giving to simple ones -- prudence, To a youth --
knowledge and discretion.
(The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the
intelligent doth obtain counsels.)
For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, Words of the
wise and their acute sayings.
Fear of Jehovah is a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom
and instruction fools have despised!
Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, And leave not
the law of thy mother,
For a graceful wreath are they to thy head, And
chains to thy neck.
My son, if sinners entice thee be not willing.
If they say, 'Come with us, we lay wait for blood, We watch
secretly for the innocent without cause,
We swallow them as Sheol -- alive, And whole -- as those
going down to the pit,
Every precious substance we find, We fill our houses with
Thy lot thou dost cast among us, One purse is -- to all of
My son! go not in the way with them, Withhold thy foot from
For their feet to evil do run, And they haste to shed blood.
Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any
And they for their own blood lay wait, They watch secretly
for their own lives.
So are the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain,
The life of its owners it taketh.
Wisdom in an out-place crieth aloud, In broad places she
giveth forth her voice,
At the head of the multitudes she calleth, In the openings
of the gates, In the city her sayings she saith:
'Till when, ye simple, do ye love simplicity? And have
scorners their scorning desired? And do fools hate knowledge?
Turn back at my reproof, lo, I pour forth to you my spirit,
I make known my words with you.
Because I have called, and ye refuse, I stretched out my
hand, and none is attending,
And ye slight all my counsel, And my reproof ye have not
I also in your calamity do laugh, I deride when your fear
When your fear cometh as destruction, And your calamity as a
hurricane doth come, When on you come adversity and distress.
Then they call me, and I do not answer, They seek me
earnestly, and find me not.
Because that they have hated knowledge, And the fear of
Jehovah have not chosen.
They have not consented to my counsel, They have despised
all my reproof,
And they eat of the fruit of their way, And from their own
counsels they are filled.
For the turning of the simple slayeth them, And the security
of the foolish destroyeth them.
And whoso is hearkening to me dwelleth confidently, And is
quiet from fear of evil!'