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Proverbs - Chapters 1-15

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

2:1: My son, if you will receive my words, And store up my commandments within you;
2:2: So as to turn your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;
2:3: Yes, if you call out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding;
2:4: If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures:
2:5: Then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, And find the knowledge of God.
2:6: For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
2:7: He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;
2:8: That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.
2:9: Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
2:10: For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
2:11: Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,
2:12: To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men who speak perverse things;
2:13: Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;
2:14: Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil;
2:15: Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths:
2:16: To deliver you from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;
2:17: Who forsakes the friend of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God:
2:18: For her house leads down to death, Her paths to the dead.
2:19: None who go to her return again, Neither do they attain to the paths of life:
2:20: That you may walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.
2:21: For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.
2:22: But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.

3:1: My son, don't forget my teaching; But let your heart keep my commandments:
3:2: For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to you.
3:3: Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
3:4: So you will find favor, And good understanding in the sight of God and man.
3:5: Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, And don't lean on your own understanding.
3:6: In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths.
3:7: Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.
3:8: It will be health to your body, And nourishment to your bones.
3:9: Honor Yahweh with your substance, With the first fruits of all your increase:
3:10: So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
3:11: My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, Neither be weary of his reproof:
3:12: For whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; Even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.
3:13: Happy is the man who finds wisdom, The man who gets understanding.
3:14: For her good profit is better than getting silver, And her return is better than fine gold.
3:15: She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.
3:16: Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
3:17: Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace.
3:18: She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.
3:19: By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens.
3:20: By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.
3:21: My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
3:22: So they will be life to your soul, And grace for your neck.
3:23: Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble.
3:24: When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.
3:25: Don't be afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:
3:26: For Yahweh will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken.
3:27: Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do it.
3:28: Don't say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, Tomorrow I will give it to you," When you have it by you.
3:29: Don't devise evil against your neighbor, Seeing he dwells securely by you.
3:30: Don't strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
3:31: Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.
3:32: For the perverse is an abomination to Yahweh, But his friendship is with the upright.
3:33: Yahweh's curse is in the house of the wicked, But he blesses the habitation of the righteous.
3:34: Surely he mocks the mockers, But he gives grace to the humble.
3:35: The wise will inherit glory, But shame will be the promotion of fools.

4:1: Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;
4:2: For I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law.
4:3: For I was a son to my father, Tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.
4:4: He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.
4:5: Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.
4:6: Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.
4:7: Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
4:8: Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.
4:9: She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you."
4:10: Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.
4:11: I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.
4:12: When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.
4:13: Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.
4:14: Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.
4:15: Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.
4:16: For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.
4:17: For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.
4:18: But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, That shines more and more until the perfect day.
4:19: The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.
4:20: My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.
4:21: Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.
4:22: For they are life to those who find them, And health to their whole body.
4:23: Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.
4:24: Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.
4:25: Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.
4:26: Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.
4:27: Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

5:1: My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:
5:2: That you may maintain discretion, That your lips may preserve knowledge.
5:3: For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,
5:4: But ...
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