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Proverbs, Chapter 1
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   1: The wise sayings of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.
   2: To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason:
   3: To be trained in the ways of wisdom, in righteousness and judging truly and straight behaviour:
   4: To make the simple-minded sharp, and to give the young man knowledge, and serious purpose:
   5: (The wise man, hearing, will get greater learning, and the acts of the man of good sense will be wisely guided:)
   6: To get the sense of wise sayings and secrets, and of the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
   7: The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.
   8: My son, give ear to the training of your father, and do not give up the teaching of your mother:
   9: For they will be a crown of grace for your head, and chain-ornaments about your neck.
   10: My son, if sinners would take you out of the right way, do not go with them.
   11: If they say, Come with us; let us make designs against the good, waiting secretly for the upright, without cause;
   12: Let us overcome them living, like the underworld, and in their strength, as those who go down to death;
   13: Goods of great price will be ours, our houses will be full of wealth;
   14: Take your chance with us, and we will all have one money-bag:
   15: My son, do not go with them; keep your feet from their ways:
   16: For their feet are running after evil, and they are quick to take a man's life.
   17: Truly, to no purpose is the net stretched out before the eyes of the bird:
   18: And they are secretly waiting for their blood and making ready destruction for themselves.
   19: Such is the fate of everyone who goes in search of profit; it takes away the life of its owners.
   20: Wisdom is crying out in the street; her voice is loud in the open places;
   21: Her words are sounding in the meeting-places, and in the doorways of the town:
   22: How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge?
   23: Be turned again by my sharp words: see, I will send the flow of my spirit on you, and make my words clear to you.
   24: Because your ears were shut to my voice; no one gave attention to my out-stretched hand;
   25: You were not controlled by my guiding, and would have nothing to do with my sharp words:
   26: So in the day of your trouble I will be laughing; I will make sport of your fear;
   27: When your fear comes on you like a storm, and your trouble like a rushing wind; when pain and sorrow come on you.
   28: Then I will give no answer to their cries; searching for me early, they will not see me:
   29: For they were haters of knowledge, and did not give their hearts to the fear of the Lord:
   30: They had no desire for my teaching, and my words of protest were as nothing to them.
   31: So the fruit of their way will be their food, and with the designs of their hearts they will be made full.
   32: For the turning back of the simple from teaching will be the cause of their death, and the peace of the foolish will be their destruction.
   33: But whoever gives ear to me will take his rest safely, living in peace without fear of evil.

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