1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To discern the sayings of understanding,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Enticement of Sinners
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
And ornaments about your neck.
Do not consent.
Let us lie in wait for blood,
Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
We will fill our houses with spoil;
We shall all have one purse,”
Keep your feet from their path,
And they hasten to shed blood.
In the sight of any bird;
They ambush their own lives.
It takes away the life of its possessors.
20 Wisdom shouts in the street,
She lifts her voice in the square;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools hate knowledge?
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
And did not want my reproof;
I will mock when your dread comes,
And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
They spurned all my reproof.
And be satiated with their own devices.
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
Proverbs, 1 chapter. New American Standard Bible.