1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
the words of the wise and their riddles.
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
turn your back on them!
Let’s hide and kill someone!
Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
we’ll all share the loot.”
Stay far away from their paths.
They hurry to commit murder.
it knows to stay away.
they are trying to get themselves killed.
it robs them of life.
Wisdom Shouts in the Streets
She cries out in the public square.
to those gathered in front of the city gate:
will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
and rejected the correction I offered.
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you —
when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
and chose not to fear the LORD.
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
choking on their own schemes.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
untroubled by fear of harm.”
Proverbs, 1 chapter. New Living Translation.