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Proverbs 1 (WEBP)

[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 lie 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 plunder.
[14] You shall cast your lot among us. We’ll all have one purse”—
[15] my son, don’t walk on the path with them. Keep your foot from their path,
[16] for their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.
[17] For the net is spread in vain in the sight of any bird;
[18] but these lay in wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives.
[19] So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for 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 they will 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.”

Proverbs 1:7 “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.
Proverbs 1:12 Sheol is the place of the dead.
Proverbs 1:23 “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

Proverbs 1 (KJVS)

[1] The proverbs of Solomon the son of David , king of Israel ;
[2] To know () wisdom and instruction ; to perceive () the words of understanding ;
[3] To receive () the instruction of wisdom (), justice , and judgment , and equity ;
[4] To give () subtilty to the simple , to the young man knowledge and discretion .
[5] A wise [man] will hear (), and will increase () learning ; and a man of understanding () shall attain () unto wise counsels :
[6] To understand () a proverb , and the interpretation ; the words of the wise , and their dark sayings .
[7] The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge : [but] fools despise () wisdom and instruction .
[8] My son , hear () the instruction of thy father , and forsake () not the law of thy mother :
[9] For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head , and chains about thy neck .
[10] My son , if sinners entice () thee, consent () thou not.
[11] If they say (), Come () with us, let us lay wait () for blood , let us lurk () privily for the innocent without cause :
[12] Let us swallow them up () alive as the grave ; and whole , as those that go down () into the pit :
[13] We shall find () all precious substance , we shall fill () our houses with spoil :
[14] Cast () in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse :
[15] My son , walk () not thou in the way with them; refrain () thy foot from their path :
[16] For their feet run () to evil , and make haste () to shed () blood .
[17] Surely in vain the net is spread () in the sight of any bird .
[18] And they lay wait () for their [own] blood ; they lurk privily () for their [own] lives .
[19] So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy () of gain ; [which] taketh away () the life of the owners thereof.
[20] Wisdom crieth () without ; she uttereth () her voice in the streets :
[21] She crieth () in the chief place of concourse (), in the openings of the gates : in the city she uttereth () her words , [saying],
[22] How long, ye simple ones , will ye love () simplicity ? and the scorners () delight () in their scorning , and fools hate () knowledge ?
[23] Turn () you at my reproof : behold, I will pour out () my spirit unto you, I will make known () my words unto you.
[24] Because I have called (), and ye refused (); I have stretched out () my hand , and no man regarded ();
[25] But ye have set at nought () all my counsel , and would () none of my reproof :
[26] I also will laugh () at your calamity ; I will mock () when your fear cometh ();
[27] When your fear cometh () as desolation () , and your destruction cometh () as a whirlwind ; when distress and anguish cometh () upon you.
[28] Then shall they call () upon me, but I will not answer (); they shall seek me early (), but they shall not find () me:
[29] For that they hated () knowledge , and did not choose () the fear of the LORD :
[30] They would () none of my counsel : they despised () all my reproof .
[31] Therefore shall they eat () of the fruit of their own way , and be filled () with their own devices .
[32] For the turning away of the simple shall slay () them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy () them.
[33] But whoso hearkeneth () unto me shall dwell () safely , and shall be quiet () from fear of evil .

Young’s Literal Translation

Proverbs 1 (YLT)

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