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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 1:1-33

1  The proverbs+ of Sol′o·mon+ the son of David,+ the king of Israel,+  for one to know wisdom+ and discipline,+ to discern the sayings of understanding,+  to receive the discipline+ that gives insight,+ righteousness+ and judgment+ and uprightness,+  to give to the inexperienced ones shrewdness,+ to a young man knowledge+ and thinking ability.+  A wise person will listen and take in more instruction,+ and a man of understanding is the one who acquires skillful direction,+  to understand a proverb and a puzzling saying,+ the words of wise persons+ and their riddles.+  The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge.+ Wisdom and discipline are what mere fools have despised.+  Listen, my son, to the discipline of your father,+ and do not forsake the law of your mother.+  For they are a wreath of attractiveness to your head+ and a fine necklace to your throat.+ 10  My son, if sinners try to seduce you, do not consent.+ 11  If they keep saying: “Do go with us. Do let us lie in ambush for blood.+ Do let us lie in concealment for the innocent men without any cause.+ 12  Let us swallow them down alive+ just like She′ol,*+ even whole, like those going down into a pit.+ 13  Let us find all sorts of precious valuables.+ Let us fill our houses with spoil.+ 14  Your lot you ought to cast in among us. Let there come to be just one bag belonging to all of us”+ 15  my son, do not go in the way with them.+ Hold back your foot from their roadway.+ 16  For their feet are those that run to sheer badness,+ and they keep hastening to shed blood.+ 17  For it is for nothing that the net is spread before the eyes of anything owning wings.+ 18  Consequently they themselves lie in ambush for the very blood of these;+ they lie in concealment for their souls.*+ 19  Thus are the paths of everyone making unjust profit.+ It takes away the very soul of its owners.+ 20  True wisdom+ itself* keeps crying aloud in the very street.+ In the public squares it keeps giving forth its voice.+ 21  At the upper end of the noisy streets* it calls out.+ At the entrances of the gates into the city it says its own sayings:+ 22  “How long will YOU inexperienced ones keep loving inexperience,+ and [how long] must YOU ridiculers desire for yourselves outright ridicule,+ and [how long] will YOU stupid ones keep hating knowledge?+ 23  Turn back at my reproof.+ Then to YOU I will cause my spirit to bubble forth;+ I will make my words known to YOU.+ 24  Because I have called out but YOU keep refusing,+ I have stretched out my hand but there is no one paying attention,+ 25  and YOU keep neglecting all my counsel,+ and my reproof YOU have not accepted,+ 26  I also, for my part, shall laugh at YOUR own disaster,+ I shall mock when what YOU dread comes,+ 27  when what YOU dread comes just like a storm, and YOUR own disaster gets here just like a storm wind,+ when distress and hard times come upon YOU.+ 28  At that time they will keep calling me, but I shall not answer;+ they will keep looking for me, but they will not find me,+ 29  for the reason that they hated knowledge,+ and the fear of Jehovah they did not choose.+ 30  They did not consent to my counsel;+ they disrespected all my reproof.+ 31  So they will eat from the fruitage of their way,+ and they will be glutted with their own counsels.+ 32  For the renegading+ of the inexperienced ones is what will kill them,+ and the easygoingness of the stupid is what will destroy them.+ 33  As for the one listening to me, he will reside in security+ and be undisturbed from dread of calamity.”+

Footnotes

“Just like Sheol.” Heb., kish·ʼohl′; Gr., hai′des; Syr., shiul; Lat., in·fer′nus. See App 4B.
“For their souls (lives).” Heb., lenaph·sho·tham′, pl.; Lat., a′ni·mas. See App 4A.
Or, “herself,” referring to “wisdom,” fem.
“On top of the walls,” LXX and by a correction of M.