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Proverbs, Chapter 1
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   1: The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
   2: To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;
   3: To receive instruction in wise dealing, In righteousness, justice, and equity;
   4: To give prudence to the simple, Knowledge and discretion to the young man:
   5: That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; That the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:
   6: To understand a proverb, and parables, The words and riddles of the wise.
   7: The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
   8: My son, listen to your father's instruction, And don't forsake your mother's teaching:
   9: For they will be a garland to grace your head, And chains around your neck.
   10: My son, if sinners entice you, don't consent.
   11: If they say, "Come with us, Let's lay in wait for blood; Let's lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
   12: Let's swallow them up alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down into the pit.
   13: We'll find all valuable wealth. We'll fill our houses with spoil.
   14: You shall cast your lot among us. We'll all have one purse."
   15: My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,
   16: For their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.
   17: For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
   18: These lay wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives.
   19: So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain. It takes away the life of its owners.
   20: Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares.
   21: She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
   22: "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery, And fools hate knowledge?
   23: Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make known my words to you.
   24: Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
   25: But you have ignored all my counsel, And wanted none of my reproof;
   26: I also will laugh at your disaster. I will mock when calamity overtakes you;
   27: When calamity overtakes you like a storm, When your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come on you.
   28: Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;
   29: Because they hated knowledge, And didn't choose the fear of Yahweh.
   30: They wanted none of my counsel. They despised all my reproof.
   31: Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own schemes.
   32: For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
   33: But whoever listens to me will dwell securely, And will be at ease, without fear of harm."

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