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Proverbs 1 - 5


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Proverbs 1

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 and justice and equity;

4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion:

5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

6 To understand a proverb, and a figure, The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

7 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish 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 a chaplet 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 Sheol, 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 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; We will 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 they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird:

18 And these 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; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

20 Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places;

21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words:

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?

23 Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you; I will make known my words unto you.

24 Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;

25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof:

26 I also will laugh in the day of your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

27 When your fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come upon you.

28 Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:

29 For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah:

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 backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.

33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;

2 So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

4 If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.

6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding:

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to them that walk in integrity;

8 That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, yea, every good path.

10 For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things;

13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil;

15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths:

16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words;

17 That forsaketh the friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God:

18 For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead;

19 None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life:

20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it.

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments:

2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to thee.

3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:

4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding:

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:

8 It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.

9 Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy vats shall overflow with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof:

12 For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her.

19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh:

26 For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot from being taken.

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of thy hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee.

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, If he have done thee no harm.

31 Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.

32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright.

33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

34 Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly.

35 The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, my sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding:

2 For I give you good doctrine; Forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was a son unto my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 And he taught me, and said unto me: Let thy heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live;

5 Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;

6 Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee; Love her, and she will keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace; A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; Let her not go: Keep her; For she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it; Turn from it, and pass on.

16 For they sleep not, except they do evil; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee a wayward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, attend unto my wisdom; Incline thine ear to my understanding:

2 That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge.

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil:

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol;

6 So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, and she knoweth it not.

7 Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me, And depart not from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove thy way far from her, And come not nigh the door of her house;

9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, And thy years unto the cruel;

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, And thy labors be in the house of an alien,

11 And thou mourn at thy latter end, When thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

12 And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof;

13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

14 I was well-nigh in all evil In the midst of the assembly and congregation.

15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well.

16 Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, And streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee.

18 Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

19 As a loving hind and a pleasant doe, Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; And be thou ravished always with her love.

20 For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah; And he maketh level all his paths.

22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

23 He shall die for lack of instruction; And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Amplified

Proverbs 1

1 THE PROVERBS (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 That people may know skillful {and} godly Wisdom and instruction, discern {and} comprehend the words of understanding {and} insight,

3 Receive instruction in wise dealing {and} the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,

4 That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, {and} discernment to the youth--

5 The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill {and} attain to sound counsel +[so that he may be able to steer his course rightly+]--

6 That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech {or} an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings {or} riddles.

7 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning {and} the principal {and} choice part of knowledge +[its starting point and its essence+]; but fools despise skillful {and} godly Wisdom, instruction, {and} discipline.

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father; reject not {nor} forsake the teaching of your mother.

9 For they are a +[victor's+] chaplet (garland) of grace upon your head and chains {and} pendants +[of gold worn by kings+] for your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11 If they say, Come with us; let us lie in wait +[to shed+] blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause +[and show that his piety is in vain+];

12 Let us swallow them up alive as does Sheol (the place of the dead), and whole, as those who go down into the pit +[of the dead+];

13 We shall find {and} take all kinds of precious goods +[when our victims are put out of the way+], we shall fill our houses with plunder;

14 Throw in your lot with us +[they insist+] {and} be a sworn brother {and} comrade; let us all have one purse in common--

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; restrain your foot from their path;

16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

18 But +[when these men set a trap for others+] they are lying in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; such +[greed for plunder+] takes away the lives of its possessors.

20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets;

21 She cries at the head of the noisy intersections +[in the chief gathering places+]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22 How long, O simple ones +[open to evil+], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and +[self-confident+] fools hate knowledge?

23 If you will turn (repent) {and} give heed to my reproof, behold, I +[Wisdom+] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.

24 Because I have called and you have refused +[to answer+], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it,

25 And you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror {and} panic--

27 When your panic comes as a storm {and} desolation and your calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28 Then will they call upon me +[Wisdom+] but I will not answer; they will seek me early {and} diligently but they will not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord,

30 Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,

31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices.

32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of +[self-confident+] fools shall destroy them.

33 But whoso hearkens to me +[Wisdom+] shall dwell securely {and} in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear {or} dread of evil.

Proverbs 2

1 MY SON, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you,

2 Making your ear attentive to skillful {and} godly Wisdom {and} inclining and directing your heart {and} mind to understanding +[applying all your powers to the quest for it+];

3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

4 If you seek +[Wisdom+] as for silver and search for skillful {and} godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,

5 Then you will understand the reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of +[our omniscient+] God.

6 For the Lord gives skillful {and} godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He hides away sound {and} godly Wisdom {and} stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly {and} in integrity,

8 That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.

9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing +[in every area and relation+]; yes, you will understand every good path.

10 For skillful {and} godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you.

11 Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you,

12 To deliver you from the way of evil {and} the evil men, from men who speak perverse things {and} are liars,

13 Men who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

14 Who rejoice to do evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,

15 Who are crooked in their ways, wayward {and} devious in their paths.

16 +[Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you+] to deliver you from the alien woman, from the outsider with her flattering words,

17 Who forsakes the husband {and} guide of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.

18 For her house sinks down to death and her paths to the spirits +[of the dead+].

19 None who go to her return again, neither do they attain {or} regain the paths of life.

20 So may you walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the +[consistently+] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God).

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the men of integrity, blameless {and} complete +[in God's sight+], shall remain in it;

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 MY SON, forget not my law {or} teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

2 For length of days and years of a life +[worth living+] and tranquility +[inward and outward and continuing through old age till death+], these shall they add to you.

3 Let not mercy and kindness +[shutting out all hatred and selfishness+] and truth +[shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood+] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart.

4 So shall you find favor, good understanding, {and} high esteem in the sight +[or judgment+] of God and man.

5 Lean on, trust in, {and} be confident in the Lord with all your heart {and} mind and do not rely on your own insight {or} understanding.

6 In all your ways know, recognize, {and} acknowledge Him, and He will direct {and} make straight {and} plain your paths.

7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear {and} worship the Lord and turn +[entirely+] away from evil.

8 It shall be health to your nerves {and} sinews, and marrow {and} moistening to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your capital {and} sufficiency +[from righteous labors+] and with the firstfruits of all your income;

10 So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise {or} shrink from the chastening of the Lord +[His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial+]; neither be weary of {or} impatient about {or} loathe {or} abhor His reproof,

12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful {and} godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding +[drawing it forth from God's Word and life's experiences+],

14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.

15 Skillful {and} godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are highways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.

19 The Lord by skillful {and} godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens.

20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies distill the dew.

21 My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound {and} godly Wisdom and discretion,

22 And they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self).

23 Then you will walk in your way securely {and} in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot {or} stumble.

24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden terror {and} panic, nor of the stormy blast {or} the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes +[for you will be guiltless+],

26 For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm {and} strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught +[in a trap or some hidden danger+].

27 Withhold not good from those to whom it is due +[its rightful owners+], when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it--when you have it with you.

29 Do not contrive {or} dig up {or} cultivate evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly {and} confidently beside you.

30 Contend not with a man for no reason--when he has done you no wrong.

31 Do not resentfully envy {and} be jealous of an unscrupulous, grasping man, and choose none of his ways.

32 For the perverse are an abomination +[extremely disgusting and detestable+] to the Lord; but His confidential communion {and} secret counsel are with the +[uncompromisingly+] righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him).

33 The curse of the Lord is in {and} on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just {and} consistently righteous.

34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers {and} scorns the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low +[in rank+], the humble, {and} the afflicted.

35 The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on +[self-confident+] fools.

Proverbs 4

1 HEAR, MY sons, the instruction of a father, and pay attention in order to gain {and} to know intelligent discernment, comprehension, {and} interpretation +[of spiritual matters+].

2 For I give you good doctrine +[what is to be received+]; do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I +[Solomon+] was a son with my father +[David+], tender and the only son in the sight of my mother +[Bathsheba+],

4 He taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.

5 Get skillful {and} godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake not +[Wisdom+], and she will keep, defend, {and} protect you; love her, and she will guard you.

7 The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! +[For skillful {and} godly Wisdom is the principal thing.+] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).

8 Prize Wisdom highly {and} exalt her, and she will exalt {and} promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.

9 She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty {and} glory will she deliver to you.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many.

11 I have taught you in the way of skillful {and} godly Wisdom +[which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God+]; I have led you in paths of uprightness.

12 When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered +[your path will be clear and open+]; and when you run, you shall not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble {or} vexation; their sleep is taken away unless they have caused someone to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the +[uncompromisingly+] just {and} righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until +[it reaches its full strength and glory in+] the perfect day +[to be prepared+].

19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; consent {and} submit to my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them, healing {and} health to all their flesh.

23 Keep {and} guard your heart with all vigilance {and} above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

24 Put away from you false {and} dishonest speech, and willful {and} contrary talk put far from you.

25 Let your eyes look right on +[with fixed purpose+], and let your gaze be straight before you.

26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established {and} ordered aright.

27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 MY SON, be attentive to my Wisdom +[godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience+], and incline your ear to my understanding +[of what is becoming and prudent for you+],

2 That you may exercise proper discrimination {and} discretion and your lips may guard {and} keep knowledge {and} the wise answer +[to temptation+].

3 For the lips of a loose woman drip honey as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged {and} devouring sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

6 She loses sight of {and} walks not in the path of life; her ways wind about aimlessly, and you cannot know them.

7 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8 Let your way in life be far from her, and come not near the door of her house +[avoid the very scenes of temptation+],

9 Lest you give your honor to others and your years to those without mercy,

10 Lest strangers +[and false teachings+] take their fill of your strength {and} wealth and your labors go to the house of an alien +[from God+]--

11 And you groan {and} mourn when your end comes, when your flesh and body are consumed,

12 And you say, How I hated instruction {and} discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers nor submitted {and} consented to those who instructed me.

14 +[The extent and boldness of+] my sin involved almost all evil +[in the estimation+] of the congregation {and} the community.

15 Drink waters out of your own cistern +[of a pure marriage relationship+], and fresh running waters out of your own well.

16 Should your offspring be dispersed abroad as water brooks in the streets?

17 +[Confine yourself to your own wife+] let your children be for you alone, and not the children of strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain +[of human life+] be blessed +[with the rewards of fidelity+], and rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe +[tender, gentle, attractive+]--let her bosom satisfy you at all times, and always be transported with delight in her love.

20 Why should you, my son, be infatuated with a loose woman, embrace the bosom of an outsider, {and} go astray?

21 For the ways of man are directly before the eyes of the Lord, and He +[Who would have us live soberly, chastely, and godly+] carefully weighs all man's goings.

22 His own iniquities shall ensnare the wicked man, and he shall be held with the cords of his sin.

23 He will die for lack of discipline {and} instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray {and} be lost.

Basic Bible

Proverbs 1

1 The wise sayings of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.

2 To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason:

3 To be trained in the ways of wisdom, in righteousness and judging truly and straight behaviour:

4 To make the simple-minded sharp, and to give the young man knowledge, and serious purpose:

5 (The wise man, hearing, will get greater learning, and the acts of the man of good sense will be wisely guided:)

6 To get the sense of wise sayings and secrets, and of the words of the wise and their dark sayings.

7 The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.

8 My son, give ear to the training of your father, and do not give up the teaching of your mother:

9 For they will be a crown of grace for your head, and chain-ornaments about your neck.

10 My son, if sinners would take you out of the right way, do not go with them.

11 If they say, Come with us; let us make designs against the good, waiting secretly for the upright, without cause;

12 Let us overcome them living, like the underworld, and in their strength, as those who go down to death;

13 Goods of great price will be ours, our houses will be full of wealth;

14 Take your chance with us, and we will all have one money-bag:

15 My son, do not go with them; keep your feet from their ways:

16 For their feet are running after evil, and they are quick to take a man's life.

17 Truly, to no purpose is the net stretched out before the eyes of the bird:

18 And they are secretly waiting for their blood and making ready destruction for themselves.

19 Such is the fate of everyone who goes in search of profit; it takes away the life of its owners.

20 Wisdom is crying out in the street; her voice is loud in the open places;

21 Her words are sounding in the meeting-places, and in the doorways of the town:

22 How long, you simple ones, will foolish things be dear to you? and pride a delight to the haters of authority? how long will the foolish go on hating knowledge?

23 Be turned again by my sharp words: see, I will send the flow of my spirit on you, and make my words clear to you.

24 Because your ears were shut to my voice; no one gave attention to my out-stretched hand;

25 You were not controlled by my guiding, and would have nothing to do with my sharp words:

26 So in the day of your trouble I will be laughing; I will make sport of your fear;

27 When your fear comes on you like a storm, and your trouble like a rushing wind; when pain and sorrow come on you.

28 Then I will give no answer to their cries; searching for me early, they will not see me:

29 For they were haters of knowledge, and did not give their hearts to the fear of the Lord:

30 They had no desire for my teaching, and my words of protest were as nothing to them.

31 So the fruit of their way will be their food, and with the designs of their hearts they will be made full.

32 For the turning back of the simple from teaching will be the cause of their death, and the peace of the foolish will be their destruction.

33 But whoever gives ear to me will take his rest safely, living in peace without fear of evil.

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you will take my words to your heart, storing up my laws in your mind;

2 So that your ear gives attention to wisdom, and your heart is turned to knowledge;

3 Truly, if you are crying out for good sense, and your request is for knowledge;

4 If you are looking for her as for silver, and searching for her as for stored-up wealth;

5 Then the fear of the Lord will be clear to you, and knowledge of God will be yours.

6 For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and reason:

7 He has salvation stored up for the upright, he is a breastplate to those in whom there is no evil;

8 He keeps watch on the ways which are right, and takes care of those who have the fear of him.

9 Then you will have knowledge of righteousness and right acting, and upright behaviour, even of every good way.

10 For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasing to your soul;

11 Wise purposes will be watching over you, and knowledge will keep you;

12 Giving you salvation from the evil man, from those whose words are false;

13 Who give up the way of righteousness, to go by dark roads;

14 Who take pleasure in wrongdoing, and have joy in the evil designs of the sinner;

15 Whose ways are not straight, and whose footsteps are turned to evil:

16 To take you out of the power of the strange woman, who says smooth words with her tongue;

17 Who is false to the husband of her early years, and does not keep the agreement of her God in mind:

18 For her house is on the way down to death; her footsteps go down to the shades:

19 Those who go to her do not come back again; their feet do not keep in the ways of life:

20 So that you may go in the way of good men, and keep in the footsteps of the upright.

21 For the upright will be living in the land, and the good will have it for their heritage.

22 But sinners will be cut off from the land, and those whose acts are false will be uprooted.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, keep my teaching in your memory, and my rules in your heart:

2 For they will give you increase of days, years of life, and peace.

3 Let not mercy and good faith go from you; let them be hanging round your neck, recorded on your heart;

4 So you will have grace and a good name in the eyes of God and men.

5 Put all your hope in God, not looking to your reason for support.

6 In all your ways give ear to him, and he will make straight your footsteps.

7 Put no high value on your wisdom: let the fear of the Lord be before you, and keep yourself from evil:

8 This will give strength to your flesh, and new life to your bones.

9 Give honour to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of all your increase:

10 So your store-houses will be full of grain, and your vessels overflowing with new wine.

11 My son, do not make your heart hard against the Lord's teaching; do not be made angry by his training:

12 For to those who are dear to him the Lord says sharp words, and makes the son in whom he has delight undergo pain.

13 Happy is the man who makes discovery of wisdom, and he who gets knowledge.

14 For trading in it is better than trading in silver, and its profit greater than bright gold.

15 She is of more value than jewels, and nothing for which you may have a desire is fair in comparison with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are wealth and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of delight, and all her goings are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to all who take her in their hands, and happy is everyone who keeps her.

19 The Lord by wisdom put in position the bases of the earth; by reason he put the heavens in their place.

20 By his knowledge the deep was parted, and dew came dropping from the skies.

21 My son, keep good sense, and do not let wise purpose go from your eyes.

22 So they will be life for your soul, and grace for your neck.

23 Then you will go safely on your way, and your feet will have no cause for slipping.

24 When you take your rest you will have no fear, and on your bed sleep will be sweet to you.

25 Have no fear of sudden danger, or of the storm which will come on evil-doers:

26 For the Lord will be your hope, and will keep your foot from being taken in the net.

27 Do not keep back good from those who have a right to it, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

28 Say not to your neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you at the time.

29 Do not make evil designs against your neighbour, when he is living with you without fear.

30 Do not take up a cause at law against a man for nothing, if he has done you no wrong.

31 Have no envy of the violent man, or take any of his ways as an example.

32 For the wrong-hearted man is hated by the Lord, but he is a friend to the upright.

33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the evil-doer, but his blessing is on the tent of the upright.

34 He makes sport of the men of pride, but he gives grace to the gentle-hearted.

35 The wise will have glory for their heritage, but shame will be the reward of the foolish.

Proverbs 4

1 Give ear, my sons, to the teaching of a father; give attention so that you may have knowledge:

2 For I give you good teaching; do not give up the knowledge you are getting from me.

3 For I was a son to my father, a gentle and an only one to my mother.

4 And he gave me teaching, saying to me, Keep my words in your heart; keep my rules so that you may have life:

5 Get wisdom, get true knowledge; keep it in memory, do not be turned away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not give her up, and she will keep you; give her your love, and she will make you safe.

7 The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge.

8 Put her in a high place, and you will be lifted up by her; she will give you honour, when you give her your love.

9 She will put a crown of grace on your head, giving you a head-dress of glory.

10 Give ear, O my son, and let your heart be open to my sayings; and long life will be yours.

11 I have given you teaching in the way of wisdom, guiding your steps in the straight way.

12 When you go, your way will not be narrow, and in running you will not have a fall.

13 Take learning in your hands, do not let her go: keep her, for she is your life.

14 Do not go in the road of sinners, or be walking in the way of evil men.

15 Keep far from it, do not go near; be turned from it, and go on your way.

16 For they take no rest till they have done evil; their sleep is taken away if they have not been the cause of someone's fall.

17 The bread of evil-doing is their food, the wine of violent acts their drink.

18 But the way of the upright is like the light of early morning, getting brighter and brighter till the full day.

19 The way of sinners is dark; they see not the cause of their fall.

20 My son, give attention to my words; let your ear be turned to my sayings.

21 Let them not go from your eyes; keep them deep in your heart.

22 For they are life to him who gets them, and strength to all his flesh.

23 And keep watch over your heart with all care; so you will have life.

24 Put away from you an evil tongue, and let false lips be far from you.

25 Keep your eyes on what is in front of you, looking straight before you.

26 Keep a watch on your behaviour; let all your ways be rightly ordered.

27 Let there be no turning to the right or to the left, keep your feet from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, give attention to my wisdom; let your ear be turned to my teaching:

2 So that you may be ruled by a wise purpose, and your lips may keep knowledge.

3 For honey is dropping from the lips of the strange woman, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword;

5 Her feet go down to death, and her steps to the underworld;

6 She never keeps her mind on the road of life; her ways are uncertain, she has no knowledge.

7 Give ear to me then, my sons, and do not put away my words from you.

8 Go far away from her, do not come near the door of her house;

9 For fear that you may give your honour to others, and your wealth to strange men:

10 And strange men may be full of your wealth, and the fruit of your work go to the house of others;

11 And you will be full of grief at the end of your life, when your flesh and your body are wasted;

12 And you will say, How was teaching hated by me, and my heart put no value on training;

13 I did not give attention to the voice of my teachers, my ear was not turned to those who were guiding me!

14 I was in almost all evil in the company of the people.

15 Let water from your store and not that of others be your drink, and running water from your fountain.

16 Let not your springs be flowing in the streets, or your streams of water in the open places.

17 Let them be for yourself only, not for other men with you.

18 Let blessing be on your fountain; have joy in the wife of your early years.

19 As a loving hind and a gentle doe, let her breasts ever give you rapture; let your passion at all times be moved by her love.

20 Why let yourself, my son, go out of the way with a strange woman, and take another woman in your arms?

21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he puts all his goings in the scales.

22 The evil-doer will be taken in the net of his crimes, and prisoned in the cords of his sin.

23 He will come to his end for need of teaching; he is so foolish that he will go wandering from the right way.

Darby

Proverbs 1

1 Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2 to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;

3 to receive the instruction of wisdom, righteousness and judgment, and equity;

4 to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

5 He that is wise will hear, and will increase learning; and the intelligent will gain wise counsels:

6 to understand a proverb and an allegory, the words of the wise and their enigmas.

7 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

9 for they shall be a garland of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent not.

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;

12 let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, 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; we will all have one purse:

15 -- my son, walk not in the way with them, keep back thy foot from their path;

16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain the net is spread in the sight of anything which hath wings.

18 And these lay wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own lives.

19 So are the paths of every one that is greedy of gain: it taketh away the life of its possessors.

20 Wisdom crieth without; she raiseth her voice in the broadways;

21 she calleth in the chief [place] of concourse, in the entry of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words:

22 How long, simple ones, will ye love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and the foolish hate knowledge?

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour forth my spirit unto you, I will make known to you my words.

24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one regarded;

25 and ye have rejected all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

26 I also will laugh in your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh;

27 when your fear cometh as sudden destruction, and your calamity cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you:

28 -- then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early, and shall not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Jehovah;

30 they would none of my counsel, they despised all my reproof:

31 therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their way, and be filled with their own devices.

32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of the foolish shall cause them to perish.

33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be at rest from fear of evil.

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if thou receivest my words, and layest up my commandments with thee,

2 so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom [and] thou apply thy heart to understanding;

3 yea, if thou criest after discernment [and] liftest up thy voice to understanding;

4 if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hidden treasures:

5 then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; out of his mouth [come] knowledge and understanding.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [he] is a shield to them that walk in integrity;

8 guarding the paths of just judgment and keeping the way of his godly ones.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment and equity: every good path.

10 When wisdom entereth into thy heart and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul,

11 discretion shall keep thee, understanding shall preserve thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the man that speaketh froward things;

13 [from those] who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

14 who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of evil;

15 whose paths are crooked, and who are perverted in their course:

16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, from the stranger who flattereth with her words;

17 who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God;

18 -- for her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead;

19 none that go unto her return again, neither do they attain to the paths of life:

20 -- that thou mayest walk in the way of the good, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it;

22 but the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful shall be plucked up out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, forget not my teaching, and let thy heart observe my commandments;

2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace shall they add to thee.

3 Let not loving-kindness and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thy heart:

4 and thou shalt find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Confide in Jehovah with all thy heart, and lean not unto thine own intelligence;

6 in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will make plain thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:

8 it shall be health for thy navel, and moisture for thy bones.

9 Honour Jehovah with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase;

10 so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy vats shall overflow with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the instruction of Jehovah, neither be weary of his chastisement;

12 for whom Jehovah loveth he chasteneth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the gain thereof is better than the gain of silver, and her revenue than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not equal unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is he that retaineth her.

19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 so shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace unto thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, and thy foot shall not stumble;

24 when thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid, but thou shalt lie down and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;

26 for Jehovah shall be thy confidence, and he will keep thy foot from being taken.

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give, when thou hast it by thee.

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

31 Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; but his secret is with the upright.

33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; but he blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

34 He indeed scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

35 The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion of the foolish.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know intelligence;

2 for I give you good doctrine: forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was a son unto my father, tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.

4 And he taught me, and said unto me, Let thy heart retain my words; keep my commandments and live.

5 Get wisdom, get intelligence: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee; love her, and she shall preserve thee.

7 The beginning of wisdom [is], Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thy head a garland of grace; a crown of glory will she bestow upon thee.

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of thy life shall be multiplied.

11 I will teach thee in the way of wisdom, I will lead thee in paths of uprightness.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not go: keep her, for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men]:

15 avoid it, pass not by it; turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away unless they have caused [some] to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is as the shining light, going on and brightening until the day be fully come.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee perverseness of mouth, and corrupt lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be well-ordered.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, incline thine ear to my understanding;

2 that thou mayest keep reflection, and that thy lips may preserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of the strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;

4 but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Sheol.

6 Lest she should ponder the path of life, her ways wander, she knoweth not [whither].

7 And now, children, hearken unto me, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

9 lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel;

10 lest strangers be filled with thy wealth, and the fruits of thy toil [come] into the house of a stranger;

11 and thou mourn in thine end, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed;

12 and thou say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof!

13 and I have not hearkened unto the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to those that instructed me;

14 I was well nigh in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

16 Thy fountains shall be poured forth, as water-brooks in the broadways.

17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

18 Let thy fountain be blessed; and have joy of the wife of thy youth.

19 As a lovely hind and a graceful roe, let her breasts satisfy thee at all times: be thou ravished continually with her love.

20 And why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah, and he pondereth all his paths.

22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

23 He shall die for want of discipline; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

King James Version

Proverbs 1

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.

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,

12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.

17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Latin Vulgate

Proverbs 1

1 parabolae Salomonis filii David regis Israhel

2 ad sciendam sapientiam et disciplinam

3 ad intellegenda verba prudentiae et suscipiendam eruditionem doctrinae iustitiam et iudicium et aequitatem

4 ut detur parvulis astutia adulescenti scientia et intellectus

5 audiens sapiens sapientior erit et intellegens gubernacula possidebit

6 animadvertet parabolam et interpretationem verba sapientium et enigmata eorum

7 timor Domini principium scientiae sapientiam atque doctrinam stulti despiciunt

8 audi fili mi disciplinam patris tui et ne dimittas legem matris tuae

9 ut addatur gratia capiti tuo et torques collo tuo

10 fili mi si te lactaverint peccatores ne adquiescas

11 si dixerint veni nobiscum insidiemur sanguini abscondamus tendiculas contra insontem frustra

12 degluttiamus eum sicut infernus viventem et integrum quasi descendentem in lacum

13 omnem pretiosam substantiam repperiemus implebimus domos nostras spoliis

14 sortem mitte nobiscum marsuppium unum sit omnium nostrum

15 fili mi ne ambules cum eis prohibe pedem tuum a semitis eorum

16 pedes enim illorum ad malum currunt et festinant ut effundant sanguinem

17 frustra autem iacitur rete ante oculos pinnatorum

18 ipsique contra sanguinem suum insidiantur et moliuntur fraudes contra animas suas

19 sic semitae omnis avari animas possidentium rapiunt

20 sapientia foris praedicat in plateis dat vocem suam

21 in capite turbarum clamitat in foribus portarum urbis profert verba sua dicens

22 usquequo parvuli diligitis infantiam et stulti ea quae sibi sunt noxia cupiunt et inprudentes odibunt scientiam

23 convertimini ad correptionem meam en proferam vobis spiritum meum et ostendam verba mea

24 quia vocavi et rennuistis extendi manum meam et non fuit qui aspiceret

25 despexistis omne consilium meum et increpationes meas neglexistis

26 ego quoque in interitu vestro ridebo et subsannabo cum vobis quod timebatis advenerit

27 cum inruerit repentina calamitas et interitus quasi tempestas ingruerit quando venerit super vos tribulatio et angustia

28 tunc invocabunt me et non exaudiam mane consurgent et non invenient me

29 eo quod exosam habuerint disciplinam et timorem Domini non susceperint

30 nec adquieverint consilio meo et detraxerint universae correptioni meae

31 comedent igitur fructus viae suae suisque consiliis saturabuntur

32 aversio parvulorum interficiet eos et prosperitas stultorum perdet illos

33 qui autem me audierit absque terrore requiescet et abundantia perfruetur malorum timore sublato

Proverbs 2

1 fili mi si susceperis sermones meos et mandata mea absconderis penes te

2 ut audiat sapientiam auris tua inclina cor tuum ad noscendam prudentiam

3 si enim sapientiam invocaveris et inclinaveris cor tuum prudentiae

4 si quaesieris eam quasi pecuniam et sicut thesauros effoderis illam

5 tunc intelleges timorem Domini et scientiam Dei invenies

6 quia Dominus dat sapientiam et ex ore eius scientia et prudentia

7 custodiet rectorum salutem et proteget gradientes simpliciter

8 servans semitas iustitiae et vias sanctorum custodiens

9 tunc intelleges iustitiam et iudicium et aequitatem et omnem semitam bonam

10 si intraverit sapientia cor tuum et scientia animae tuae placuerit

11 consilium custodiet te prudentia servabit te

12 ut eruaris de via mala ab homine qui perversa loquitur

13 qui relinquunt iter rectum et ambulant per vias tenebrosas

14 qui laetantur cum malefecerint et exultant in rebus pessimis

15 quorum viae perversae et infames gressus eorum

16 ut eruaris a muliere aliena et ab extranea quae mollit sermones suos

17 et relinquit ducem pubertatis suae

18 et pacti Dei sui oblita est inclinata est enim ad mortem domus eius et ad impios semitae ipsius

19 omnes qui ingrediuntur ad eam non revertentur nec adprehendent semitas vitae

20 ut ambules in via bona et calles iustorum custodias

21 qui enim recti sunt habitabunt in terra et simplices permanebunt in ea

22 impii vero de terra perdentur et qui inique agunt auferentur ex ea

Proverbs 3

1 fili mi ne obliviscaris legis meae et praecepta mea custodiat cor tuum

2 longitudinem enim dierum et annos vitae et pacem adponent tibi

3 misericordia et veritas non te deserant circumda eas gutturi tuo et describe in tabulis cordis tui

4 et invenies gratiam et disciplinam bonam coram Deo et hominibus

5 habe fiduciam in Domino ex toto corde tuo et ne innitaris prudentiae tuae

6 in omnibus viis tuis cogita illum et ipse diriget gressus tuos

7 ne sis sapiens apud temet ipsum time Dominum et recede a malo

8 sanitas quippe erit umbilico tuo et inrigatio ossuum tuorum

9 honora Dominum de tua substantia et de primitiis omnium frugum tuarum

10 et implebuntur horrea tua saturitate et vino torcularia redundabunt

11 disciplinam Domini fili mi ne abicias nec deficias cum ab eo corriperis

12 quem enim diligit Dominus corripit et quasi pater in filio conplacet sibi

13 beatus homo qui invenit sapientiam et qui affluit prudentia

14 melior est adquisitio eius negotiatione argenti et auro primo fructus eius

15 pretiosior est cunctis opibus et omnia quae desiderantur huic non valent conparari

16 longitudo dierum in dextera eius in sinistra illius divitiae et gloria

17 viae eius viae pulchrae et omnes semitae illius pacificae

18 lignum vitae est his qui adprehenderint eam et qui tenuerit eam beatus

19 Dominus sapientia fundavit terram stabilivit caelos prudentia

20 sapientia illius eruperunt abyssi et nubes rore concrescunt

21 fili mi ne effluant haec ab oculis tuis custodi legem atque consilium

22 et erit vita animae tuae et gratia faucibus tuis

23 tunc ambulabis fiducialiter in via tua et pes tuus non inpinget

24 si dormieris non timebis quiesces et suavis erit somnus tuus

25 ne paveas repentino terrore et inruentes tibi potentias impiorum

26 Dominus enim erit in latere tuo et custodiet pedem tuum ne capiaris

27 noli prohibere benefacere eum qui potest si vales et ipse benefac

28 ne dicas amico tuo vade et revertere et cras dabo tibi cum statim possis dare

29 ne moliaris amico tuo malum cum ille in te habeat fiduciam

30 ne contendas adversus hominem frustra cum ipse tibi nihil mali fecerit

31 ne aemuleris hominem iniustum nec imiteris vias eius

32 quia abominatio Domini est omnis inlusor et cum simplicibus sermocinatio eius

33 egestas a Domino in domo impii habitacula autem iustorum benedicentur

34 inlusores ipse deludet et mansuetis dabit gratiam

35 gloriam sapientes possidebunt stultorum exaltatio ignominia

Proverbs 4

1 audite filii disciplinam patris et adtendite ut sciatis prudentiam

2 donum bonum tribuam vobis legem meam ne derelinquatis

3 nam et ego filius fui patris mei tenellus et unigenitus coram matre mea

4 et docebat me atque dicebat suscipiat verba mea cor tuum custodi praecepta mea et vives

5 posside sapientiam posside prudentiam ne obliviscaris neque declines a verbis oris mei

6 ne dimittas eam et custodiet te dilige eam et servabit te

7 principium sapientiae posside sapientiam et in omni possessione tua adquire prudentiam

8 arripe illam et exaltabit te glorificaberis ab ea cum eam fueris amplexatus

9 dabit capiti tuo augmenta gratiarum et corona inclita proteget te

10 audi fili mi et suscipe verba mea ut multiplicentur tibi anni vitae

11 viam sapientiae monstravi tibi duxi te per semitas aequitatis

12 quas cum ingressus fueris non artabuntur gressus tui et currens non habebis offendiculum

13 tene disciplinam ne dimittas eam custodi illam quia ipsa est vita tua

14 ne delecteris semitis impiorum nec tibi placeat malorum via

15 fuge ab ea ne transeas per illam declina et desere eam

16 non enim dormiunt nisi malefecerint et rapitur somnus ab eis nisi subplantaverint

17 comedunt panem impietatis et vinum iniquitatis bibunt

18 iustorum autem semita quasi lux splendens procedit et crescit usque ad perfectam diem

19 via impiorum tenebrosa nesciunt ubi corruant

20 fili mi ausculta sermones meos et ad eloquia mea inclina aurem tuam

21 ne recedant ab oculis tuis custodi ea in medio cordis tui

22 vita enim sunt invenientibus ea et universae carni sanitas

23 omni custodia serva cor tuum quia ex ipso vita procedit

24 remove a te os pravum et detrahentia labia sint procul a te

25 oculi tui recta videant et palpebrae tuae praecedant gressus tuos

26 dirige semitam pedibus tuis et omnes viae tuae stabilientur

27 ne declines ad dexteram et ad sinistram averte pedem tuum a malo

Proverbs 5

1 fili mi adtende sapientiam meam et prudentiae meae inclina aurem tuam

2 ut custodias cogitationes et disciplinam labia tua conservent

3 favus enim stillans labia meretricis et nitidius oleo guttur eius

4 novissima autem illius amara quasi absinthium et acuta quasi gladius biceps

5 pedes eius descendunt in mortem et ad inferos gressus illius penetrant

6 per semitam vitae non ambulat vagi sunt gressus eius et investigabiles

7 nunc ergo fili audi me et ne recedas a verbis oris mei

8 longe fac ab ea viam tuam et ne adpropinques foribus domus eius

9 ne des alienis honorem tuum et annos tuos crudeli

10 ne forte impleantur extranei viribus tuis et labores tui sint in domo aliena

11 et gemas in novissimis quando consumpseris carnes et corpus tuum et dicas

12 cur detestatus sum disciplinam et increpationibus non adquievit cor meum

13 nec audivi vocem docentium me et magistris non inclinavi aurem meam

14 paene fui in omni malo in medio ecclesiae et synagogae

15 bibe aquam de cisterna tua et fluenta putei tui

16 deriventur fontes tui foras et in plateis aquas tuas divide

17 habeto eas solus nec sint alieni participes tui

18 sit vena tua benedicta et laetare cum muliere adulescentiae tuae

19 cerva carissima et gratissimus hinulus ubera eius inebrient te omni tempore in amore illius delectare iugiter

20 quare seduceris fili mi ab aliena et foveris sinu alterius

21 respicit Dominus vias hominis et omnes gressus illius considerat

22 iniquitates suae capiunt impium et funibus peccatorum suorum constringitur

23 ipse morietur quia non habuit disciplinam et multitudine stultitiae suae decipietur

NASB 1977

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;

4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,

5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction, And do not forsake your mother's teaching;

9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head, And ornaments about your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

11 If they say, ``Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;

12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;

13 We shall find all {kinds} of precious wealth, We shall fill our houses with spoil;

14 Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,

16 For their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed blood.

17 Indeed, it is useless to spread the net In the eyes of any bird;

18 But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;

21 At the head of the noisy {streets} she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings:

22 ``How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?

23 ``Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

24 ``Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;

25 And you neglected all my counsel, And did not want my reproof;

26 I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,

27 When your dread comes like a storm, And your calamity 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 shall not find me,

29 Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

30 ``They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

31 ``So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be satiated with their own devices.

32 ``For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.

33 ``But he who listens to me shall live securely, And shall be at ease from the dread of evil."

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth {come} knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; {He is} a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity {and} every good course.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart, And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who delight in doing evil, And rejoice in the perversity of evil;

15 Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;

16 To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;

17 That leaves the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God;

18 For her house sinks down to death, And her tracks {lead} to the dead;

19 None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.

20 So you will walk in the way of good men, And keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will live in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;

22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land, And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

2 For length of days and years of life, And peace they will add to you.

3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD from your wealth, And from the first of all your produce;

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, Or loathe His reproof,

12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding.

14 For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.

20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, And the skies drip with dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22 So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.

23 Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear, Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do {it.}

28 Do not say to your neighbor, ``Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give {it,}" When you have it with you.

29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives in security beside you.

30 Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a man of violence, And do not choose any of his ways.

32 For the crooked {man} is an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.

33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, {O} sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,

2 For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.

3 When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

4 Then he taught me and said to me, ``Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;

5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 ``Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.

7 ``The beginning of wisdom {is:} Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

8 ``Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

9 ``She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."

10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.

11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not proceed in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make {someone} stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.

20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their whole body.

23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it {flow} the springs of life.

24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put devious lips far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

26 Watch the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established.

27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;

2 That you may observe discretion, And your lips may reserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, And smoother than oil is her speech;

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of Sheol.

6 She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know {it}.

7 Now then, {my} sons, listen to me, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,

9 Lest you give your vigor to others, And your years to the cruel one;

10 Lest strangers be filled with your strength, And your hard-earned goods {go} to the house of an alien;

11 And you groan at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;

12 And you say, ``How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!

13 ``And I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

14 ``I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

15 Drink water from your own cistern, And fresh water from your own well.

16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be yours alone, And not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 {As} a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

23 He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

NASB 1995

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;

4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,

5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching;

9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

11 If they say, ``Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;

12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;

13 We will find all {kinds} of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil;

14 Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,"

15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path,

16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

17 Indeed, it is useless to spread the {baited} net In the sight of any bird;

18 But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;

21 At the head of the noisy {streets} she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

22 ``How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

23 ``Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

24 ``Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;

26 I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes,

27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon 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 did not choose the fear of the LORD.

30 ``They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.

31 ``So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.

32 ``For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

33 ``But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth {come} knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; {He is} a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity {and} every good course.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,

12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;

15 Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;

16 To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;

17 That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God;

18 For her house sinks down to death And her tracks {lead} to the dead;

19 None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.

20 So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it;

22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

2 For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.

3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,

12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father {corrects} the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.

20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.

21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22 So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

23 Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

26 For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do {it.}

28 Do not say to your neighbor, ``Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give {it,}" When you have it with you.

29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.

30 Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.

32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.

33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, {O} sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,

2 For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.

3 When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

4 Then he taught me and said to me, ``Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;

5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 ``Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.

7 ``The beginning of wisdom {is:} Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

8 ``Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

9 ``She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."

10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.

11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make {someone} stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.

20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.

23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it {flow} the springs of life.

24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.

27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;

2 That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.

6 She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know {it.}

7 Now then, {my} sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,

9 Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;

10 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods {will go} to the house of an alien;

11 And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;

12 And you say, ``How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!

13 ``I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

14 ``I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

15 Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.

16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 {As} a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

23 He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

NET Bible

Proverbs 1

1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 To learn wisdom and moral instruction, and to discern wise counsel.

3 To receive moral instruction in skillful living, in righteousness, justice, and equity.

4 To impart shrewdness to the morally naive, and a discerning plan to the young person.

5 (Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!)

6 To discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable, the sayings of the wise and their riddles.

7 Fearing the LORD is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother.

9 For they will be like an elegant garland on your head, and like pendants around your neck.

10 My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent!

11 If they say, “Come with us! We will lie in wait to shed blood; we will ambush an innocent person capriciously.

12 We will swallow them alive like Sheol, those full of vigor like those going down to the Pit.

13 We will seize all kinds of precious wealth; we will fill our houses with plunder.

14 Join with us! We will all share equally in what we steal.”

15 My child, do not go down their way, withhold yourself from their path;

16 for they are eager to inflict harm, and they hasten to shed blood.

17 Surely it is futile to spread a net in plain sight of any bird,

18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they ambush their own lives!

19 Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it!

20 Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas;

21 at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words:

22 “How long will you simpletons love naiveté? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

23 If only you will respond to my rebuke, then I will pour out my thoughts to you 3333and I will make my words known to you.

24 However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one paid attention,

25 because you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke,

26 so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you, I will mock when what you dread comes,

27 when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you.

28 Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me.

29 Because they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD,

30 they did not comply with my advice, they spurned all my rebuke.

31 Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel.

32 For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.

33 But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm.

Proverbs 2

1 My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you,

2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding,

3 indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding –

4 if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand how to fear the LORD, and you will discover knowledge about God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores up effective counsel for the upright, and is like a shield for those who live with integrity,

8 to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity – every good way.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and moral knowledge will be attractive to you.

11 Discretion will protect you, understanding will guard you,

12 to deliver you from the way of the wicked, from those speaking perversity,

13 who leave the upright paths to walk on the dark ways,

14 who delight in doing evil, they rejoice in perverse evil;

15 whose paths are morally crooked, and who are devious in their ways;

16 to deliver you from the adulteress, from the sexually loose woman who speaks flattering words;

17 who leaves the husband from her younger days, and forgets her marriage covenant made before God.

18 For her house sinks down to death, and her paths lead to the place of the departed spirits.

19 None who go in to her will return, nor will they reach the paths of life.

20 So you will walk in the way of good people, and will keep on the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will reside in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

22 but the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be torn away from it.

Proverbs 3

1 My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

2 for they will provide a long and full life, and they will add well-being to you.

3 Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will find favor and good understanding, in the sight of God and people.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self.

9 Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My child, do not despise discipline from the LORD, and do not loathe his rebuke.

12 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding.

14 For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies, and none of the things you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful.

18 She is like a tree of life to those who obtain her, and everyone who grasps hold of her will be blessed.

19 By wisdom the LORD laid the foundation of the earth; he established the heavens by understanding.

20 By his knowledge the primordial sea was broken open, and the clouds drip down dew.

21 My child, do not let them escape from your sight; safeguard sound wisdom and discretion.

22 So they will give life to you, and grace to adorn your neck.

23 Then you will walk on your way with security, and you will not stumble.

24 When you lie down you will not be filled with fear; when you lie down your sleep will be pleasant.

25 You will not be afraid of sudden disaster, or when destruction overtakes the wicked;

26 for the LORD will be the source of your confidence, and he will guard your foot from being caught in a trap.

27 Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow and I will give it,” when you have it with you at the time.

29 Do not plot evil against your neighbor when he dwells by you unsuspectingly.

30 Do not accuse anyone without legitimate cause, if he has not treated you wrongly.

31 Do not envy a violent man, and do not choose to imitate any of his ways;

32 for one who goes astray is an abomination to the LORD, but he reveals his intimate counsel to the upright.

33 The LORD’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

34 Although he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, yet he shows favor to the humble.

35 The wise inherit honor, but he holds fools up to public contempt.

Proverbs 4

1 Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.

2 Because I give you good instruction, do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I was a son to my father, a tender only child before my mother,

4 he taught me, and he said to me: “Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live.

5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding; do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak.

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will guard you.

7 Wisdom is supreme – so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!

8 Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

9 She will place a fair garland on your head; she will bestow a beautiful crown on you.”

10 Listen, my child, and accept my words, so that the years of your life will be many.

11 I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; protect it, because it is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil.

15 Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it, and go on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; they are robbed of sleep until they make someone stumble.

17 For they eat bread gained from wickedness and drink wine obtained from violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble.

20 My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentively to my sayings.

21 Do not let them depart from your sight, guard them within your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them and healing to one’s entire body.

23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.

24 Remove perverse speech from your mouth; keep devious talk far from your lips.

25 Let your eyes look directly in front of you and let your gaze look straight before you.

26 Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established.

27 Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn yourself away from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My child, be attentive to my wisdom, pay close attention to my understanding,

2 in order to safeguard discretion, and that your lips may guard knowledge.

3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her seductive words are smoother than olive oil,

4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

6 Lest she should make level the path leading to life, her paths are unstable but she does not know it.

7 So now, children, listen to me; do not turn aside from the words I speak.

8 Keep yourself far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,

9 lest you give your vigor to others and your years to a cruel person,

10 lest strangers devour your strength, and your labor benefit another man’s house.

11 And at the end of your life you will groan when your flesh and your body are wasted away.

12 And you will say, “How I hated discipline! My heart spurned reproof!

13 For I did not obey my teachers and I did not heed my instructors.

14 I almost came to complete ruin in the midst of the whole congregation!”

15 Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.

16 Should your springs be dispersed outside, your streams of water in the wide plazas?

17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in your young wife –

19 a loving doe, a graceful deer; may her breasts satisfy you at all times, may you be captivated by her love always.

20 But why should you be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a different woman?

21 For the ways of a person are in front of the LORD’s eyes, and the LORD weighs all that person’s paths.

22 The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities, and he will be held by the cords of his own sin.

23 He will die because there was no discipline; because of the greatness of his folly he will reel.

New International Version

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;

3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;

4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--

5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance--

6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.

11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;

12 let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse"--

15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;

16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood.

17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!

18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!

19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;

21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

22 "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

23 If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,

25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,

26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.

29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,

30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,

31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,

3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,

13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

16 It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,

17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;

20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;

22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;

24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.

30 Do not accuse a man for no reason-- when he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,

32 for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.

33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.

35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

Proverbs 4

1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,

4 he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.

16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.

17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.

21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.

23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.

27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight,

2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;

4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.

7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.

8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,

9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel,

10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house.

11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.

12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!

13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.

14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly."

15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.

16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.

18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.

20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?

21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.

22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.

23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

Original Hebrew

Proverbs 1

1 ¶Mishleey Shªlomoh, ben-Daawid, melek Yisraa'eel:

2 Laada`at chaakªmaah uwmuwcaar; lªhaabiyn 'imreey biynaah;

3 laaqachat muwcar haskeel, tsedeq, uwmishpaaT, uwmeeyshaariym;

4 laateet liptaa'yim `aarmaah, lªna`ar da`at uwmªzimaah.

5 Yishma` chaakaam wªyowcep leqach. Wªnaabown tachªbulowt yiqneh.

6 Lªhaabiyn maashaal, uwmliytsaah; dibreey chªkaamiym wªchiydotaam.

7 ¶Yir'at Yahweh ree'shiyt daa`at. Chaakªmaah uwmuwcaar 'ewiyliym baazuw.

8 ¶Shªma`, bªniy, muwcar 'aabiykaa, wª'al-tiTosh towrat 'imekaa.

9 Kiy liwªyat cheen heem lªro'shekaa, wa`anaaqiym lªgargªroteykaa.

10 ¶Bªniy, 'im-yªpatuwkaa chaTaa'iym, 'al-tobee'.

11 Im-yo'mªruw, Lªkaah 'itaanuw! Ne'erªbaah lªdaam! Nitspªnaah lªnaaqiy chinaam!

12 Niblaa`eem ki-Shª'owl chayiym, uwtªmiymiym, kªyowrªdeey bowr!

13 Kaal-hown yaaqaar nimtsaa'! Nªmalee' baateeynuw shaalaal!

14 Gowraalªkaa tapiyl bªtowkeenuw; kiyc 'echaad yihªyeh lªkulaanuw!

15 ¶Bªniy, 'al-teeleek bªderek 'itaam. Mªna` raglªkaa mintiybaataam.

16 Kiy ragleeyhem laara` yaaruwtsuw. Wiymaharuw lishpaak-daam.

17 Kiy-chinaam mªzoraah haaraashet bª`eeyneey kaal-ba`al kaanaap.

18 Wªheem lªdaamaam ye'erobuw. Yitspªnuw lªnapshotaam.

19 Keen 'aarªchowt kaal-botseea` baatsa`. 'Et-nepesh bª`aalaayw yiqaach.

20 ¶Chaakmowt bachuwts taaronaah. Baarªchobowt titeen qowlaah.

21 Bªro'sh homiyowt tiqraa'. Bªpitcheey shª`aariym baa`iyr 'amaareyhaa to'meer.

22 ¶`Ad-maatay, pªtaayim, tª'eehabuw petiy? Wªleetsiym laatsown chaamªduw laahem, uwkciyliym yisnª'uw-daa`at?

23 Taashuwbuw lªtowkachªtiy. Hineeh, 'abiy`aah laakem ruwchiy. 'Owdiy`aah dªbaaray 'etkem.

24 Ya`an qaaraa'tiy, watªmaa'eenuw, naaTiytiy yaadiy, wª'eeyn maqshiyb,

25 watiprª`uw kaal-`ªtsaatiy, wªtowkachªtiy lo' 'abiytem,

26 gam-'ªniy bª'eeydªkem 'eschaaq. 'El`ag bªbo' pachdªkem.

27 Bªbo' kªshow'aah (*) pachdªkem, wª'eeydªkem kªcuwpaah ye'eteh, bªbo' `ªleeykem tsaaraah wªtsuwqaah.

28 Aaz yiqraa'unªniy, wªlo' 'e`ªneh. Yªshacharunniy, wªlo' yimtsaa'unªniy.

29 Tachat kiy-saanª'uw daa`at, wªyir'at Yahweh lo' baachaaruw,

30 lo'-'aabuw la`atsaatiy, naa'atsuw kaal-towkachªtiy,

31 wªyo'kªluw mipriy darkaam, uwmimo`atsoteeyhem yisbaa`uw.

32 Kiy mªshuwbat pªtaayim tahargeem, wªshalwat kªciyliym tª'abdeem.

33 Wªshomeea` liy yishkaan-beTach, wªsha'anan mipachad raa`aah.

Proverbs 2

1 ¶Bªniy, 'im-tiqach 'amaaraay, uwmitswotay titspon 'itaak,

2 lªhaqshiyb lachaakªmaah 'aazªnekaa taTeh libªkaa latªbuwnaah,

3 kiy 'im labiynaah, tiqraa' latªbuwnaah titeen qowlekaa,

4 im-tªbaqshenaah kakaacep, wªkamaTmowniym tachpªsenaah,

5 aaz taabiyn yir'at Yahweh, wªda`at 'Elohiym timtsaa'.

6 Kiy-Yahweh yiteen chaakªmaah. Mipiyw da`at uwtbuwnaah.

7 Yitspon (*) layªshaariym tuwshiyaah. Maageen lªholªkeey tom,

8 lintsor 'aarªchowt mishpaaT, wªderek chaciydaayw (*) yishmor.

9 ¶'Aaz taabiyn tsedeq uwmishpaaT, uwmeeyshaariym -- kaal-ma`ªgal-Towb.

10 Kiy-taabow' chaakªmaah bªlibekaa, wªda`at lªnapshªkaa yinª`aam.

11 Mªzimaah tishmor `aaleykaa. Tªbuwnaah tintsªrekaah,

12 lªhatsiylªkaa miderek raa`, mee'iysh mªdabeer tahpukowt,

13 ha`ozªbiym 'aarªchowt yosher, laaleket bªdarkeey-choshek,

14 hasªmeechiym la`ªsowt raa`, yaagiyluw bªtahpukowt raa`.

15 Asher 'aarªchoteeyhem `iqshiym, uwnªlowziym bªma`ªglowtaam.

16 ¶Lªhatsiylªkaa mee'ishaah zaaraah, minaakªriyaah 'amaareyhaa hecheliyqaah,

17 ha`ozebet 'aluwp nª`uwreyhaa, wª'et-bªriyt 'Eloheyhaa shaakeechaah.

18 Kiy shaachaah 'el-maawet beeytaah, wª'el-Rªpaa'iym ma`ªgloteyhaa.

19 Kaal-baa'eyhaa lo' yªshuwbuwn, wªlo'-yasiyguw 'aarªchowt chayiym.

20 Lªma`an teeleek bªderek Towbiym, wª'aarªchowt tsadiyqiym tishmor.

21 Kiy-yªshaariym yishkªnuw-'aarets, uwtªmiymiym yiwaatªruw baah.

22 Uwrshaa`iym mee'erets yikaareetuw, uwbowgªdiym yicªchuw mimenaah.

Proverbs 3

1 ¶Bªniy, towraatiy 'al-tishkaach, uwmitswotay yitsor libekaa.

2 Kiy 'orek yaamiym, uwshªnowt chayiym, wªshaalowm, yowciypuw laak.

3 Checed we'ªmet 'al-ya`azbukaa. Qaashªreem `al-gargªrowteykaa. Kaatªbeem `al-luwach libekaa.

4 Uwmªtsaa'-cheen wªseekel-Towb bª`eeyneey 'Elohiym wª'aadaam.

5 ¶BªTach 'el-Yahweh bªkaal-libekaa, wª'el-biynaatªkaa 'al-tishaa`een.

6 Bªkaal-dªraakeykaa daa`eehuw, wªhuw' yªyasheer 'orªchoteykaa.

7 Al-tªhiy chaakaam bª`eeyneykaa. Yªraa' 'et-Yahweh, wªcuwr meeraa`.

8 Rip'uwt tªhiy lªshaarekaa, wªshiquwy lª`atsmowteykaa.

9 Kabeed 'et-Yahweh meehownekaa, uwmeeree'shiyt kaal-tªbuw'aatekaa.

10 Wªyimaalª'uw 'acaameykaa saabaa`, wªtiyrowsh yªqaabeykaa yiprotsuw.

11 ¶Muwcar Yahweh bªniy, 'al-tim'aac, wª'al-taaqots bªtowkachªtow.

12 Kiy 'et 'ªsher ye'ªhab Yahweh yowkiyach, uwk'aab 'et-been yirtseh.

13 Ashreey 'aadaam maatsaa' chaakªmaah, wª'aadaam yaapiyq tªbuwnaah.

14 Kiy Towb cachªraah micchar-kaacep, uwmeechaaruwts tªbuw'aataah.

15 Yªqaaraah hiy' mipniyniym (*), wªkaal-chapaatseykaa lo' yishªwuw-baah.

16 Orek yaamiym biymiynaah, bismo'wlaah `osher wªkaabowd.

17 Dªraakeyhaa darkeey-no`am, wªkaal-nªtiybowteyhaa shaalowm.

18 `Eets-chayiym hiy' lamachaziyqiym baah. Wªtomªkeyhaa mª'ushaar.

19 ¶Yahweh bªchaakªmaah yaacad-'aarets. Kowneen shaamayim bitªbuwnaah.

20 Bªda`ªtow tªhowmowt nibqaa`uw, uwshchaaqiym yirª`apuw-Taal.

21 ¶Bªniy, 'al-yaaluzuw mee`eeyneykaa. Nªtsor tushiyaah uwmªzimaah.

22 Wªyihªyuw chayiym lªnapshekaa, wªcheen lªgargªroteykaa.

23 Aaz teeleek laabeTach darkekaa, wªraglªkaa lo' tigowp.

24 Im-tishkab lo'-tipchaad. Wªshaakabtaa wª`aarªbaah shªnaatekaa.

25 Al-tiyraa' mipachad pit'om, uwmisho'at rªshaa`iym kiy taabo'.

26 Kiy-Yahweh yihªyeh bªkiclekaa, wªshaamar raglªkaa milaaked.

27 ¶'Al-timna`-Towb mibª`aalaayw, bihªyowt lª'eel yaadªkaa (*) la`ªsowt.

28 Al-to'mar lªree`ªkaa (*), leek, waashuwb, uwmaachaar 'eteen, wªyeesh 'itaak.

29 Al-tacharosh 'al-ree`ªkaa raa`aah, wªhuw'-yowsheeb laabeTach 'itaak.

30 Al-taariyb (*) `im-'aadaam chinaam, 'im-lo' gªmaalªkaa raa`aah.

31 Al-tªqanee' bª'iysh chaamaac, wª'al-tibchar bªkaal-dªraakaayw.

32 Kiy tow`ªbat Yahweh naalowz, wª'et-yªshaariym cowdow.

33 Mª'eerat Yahweh bªbeeyt raashaa`, uwnªweeh tsadiyqiym yªbaareek.

34 Im-laleetsiym huw'-yaaliyts, wªla`anaawiym (*) yiten-cheen.

35 Kaabowd chªkaamiym yinchaaluw, uwkciyliym meeriym qaalown.

Proverbs 4

1 ¶Shim`uw, baaniym, muwcar 'aab, wªhaqshiybuw laada`at biynaah.

2 Kiy leqach Towb naatatiy laakem. Towraatiy 'al-ta`azobuw.

3 Kiy-been haayiytiy lª'aabiy, rak wªyaachiyd lipneey 'imiy.

4 Wayoreeniy, wayo'mer liy, Yitªmaak-dªbaaray libekaa. Shªmor mitswotay wechªyeeh.

5 Qªneeh chaakªmaah, qªneeh biynaah. 'Al-tishkach, wª'al-teeT mee'imreey-piy.

6 Al-ta`azbehaa, wªtishmªrekaa. 'Ehaabehaa wªtitsrekaa.

7 Ree'shiyt chaakªmaah: Qªneeh chaakªmaah, uwbkaal-qinyaanªkaa qªneeh biynaah.

8 Calcªlehaa, uwtªrowmªmekaa. Tªkabeedªkaa, kiy tªchabqenaah.

9 Titeen lªro'shªkaa liwªyat-cheen. `ATeret tip'eret tªmagnekaa.

10 ¶Shªma`, bªniy, wªqach 'amaaraay, wªyirbuw lªkaa shªnowt chayiym.

11 Bªderek chaakªmaah horeetiykaa. Hidraktiykaa bªma`ªgleey-yosher.

12 Bªlektªkaa lo'-yeetsar tsa`adekaa, wª'im-taaruwts lo' tikaasheel.

13 Hachazeeq bamuwcaar. 'Al-terep. Nitsrehaa, kiy-hiy' chayeykaa!

14 Bª'orach rªshaa`iym 'al-taabo', wª'al-tª'asheer bªderek raa`iym.

15 Pªraa`eehuw, 'al-ta`ªbaar-bow. SªTeeh mee`aalaayw wa`ªbowr.

16 Kiy lo' yishªnuw, 'im-lo' yaaree`uw. Wªnigzªlaah shªnaataam, 'im-lo' yakshiyluw (*)!

17 Kiy laachamuw lechem resha`, wªyeeyn chamaaciym yishtuw.

18 ¶Wª'orach tsadiyqiym kª'owr nogah howleek, waa'owr `ad-nªkown hayowm.

19 Derek rªshaa`iym kaa'apeelaah; lo' yaadª`uw bameh yikaasheeluw.

20 ¶Bªniy, lidbaaray haqªshiybaah; la'amaaray haT-'aazªnekaa.

21 Al-yaliyzuw mee`eeyneykaa. Shaamªreem bªtowk lªbaabekaa.

22 Kiy-chayiym heem lªmotsª'eeyhem, uwlkaal-bªsaarow marpee'.

23 Mikaal-mishmaar nªtsor libekaa, kiy-mimenuw towtsª'owt chayiym.

24 Haaceer mimªkaa `iqªshuwt peh, uwlzuwt sªpaatayim harcheeq mimekaa.

25 `Eeyneykaa lªnokach yabiyTuw, wª`ap`apeykaa yayªshiruw negdekaa.

26 Paleec ma`ªgal raglekaa, wªkaal-dªraakeykaa yikonuw.

27 Al-teeT-yaamiyn uwsmo'wl. Haaceer raglªkaa meeraa`.

Proverbs 5

1 ¶Bªniy, lªchaakªmaatiy haqªshiybaah, litªbuwnaatiy haT-'aazªnekaa,

2 lishmor mªzimowt, wªda`at sªpaateykaa yinªtsoruw.

3 Kiy nopet tiTopªnaah sipteey zaaraah, wªchaalaaq mishemen chikaah.

4 Wª'achªriytaah maaraah kala`anaah, chadaah kªchereb piyowt.

5 Ragleyhaa yorªdowt maawet. Shª'owl tsª`aadeyhaa yitmokuw.

6 Orach chayiym pen-tªpaleec. Naa`uw ma`ªgloteyhaa, lo' teedaa`.

7 ¶Wª`ataah, baaniym, shim`uw-liy, wª'al-taacuwruw mee'imreey-piy.

8 Harcheeq mee`aaleyhaa darkekaa, wª'al-tiqrab 'el-petach beeytaah,

9 pen-titeen la'acheeriym howdekaa, uwshªnoteykaa lª'akzaariy,

10 pen-yisbª`uw zaariym kochekaa, wa`atsaabeykaa bªbeeyt naakªriy.

11 Wªnaahamtaa bª'achariytekaa, biklowt bªsaarkaa uwshª'eerekaa.

12 Wª'aamartaa, 'Eeyk saanee'tiy muwcaar wªtowkachat naa'ats libiy!

13 Wªlo'-shaama`ªtiy bªqowl mowraay, wªlimlamday lo'-hiTiytiy 'aazªniy!

14 Kimª`aT haayiytiy bªkaal-raa` bªtowk qaahaal wª`eedaah!

15 ¶Shªteeh-mayim mibowrekaa, wªnozªliym mitowk bª'eerekaa.

16 Yaapuwtsuw ma`ªyªnoteykaa chuwtsaah, baarªchobowt palgeey-maayim?

17 Yihªyuw-lªkaa lªbadekaa, wª'eeyn lªzaariym 'itaak.

18 Yªhiy-mªqowrªkaa baaruwk, uwsªmach mee'eeshet nª`uwrekaa,

19 ayelet 'ahaabiym, wªya`alat-cheen. Dadeyhaa yªrawukaa bªkaal-`eet, bª'ahabaataah tishgeh taamiyd.

20 Wªlaamaah tishgeh, bªniy, bªzaaraah, uwtªchabeeq cheeq naakªriyaah?

21 Kiy nokach `eeyneey Yahweh darkeey-'iysh, wªkaal-ma`ªglotaayw mªpaleec.

22 `Awownowtaayw yilkªdunow 'et-haaraashaa`, uwbchableey chaTaa'tow yitaameek.

23 Huw' yaamuwt bª'eeyn muwcaar, uwbrob 'iwaltow yishgeh.

Revised Standard Version

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

2 That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight,

3 receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity;

4 that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--

5 the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill,

6 to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching;

9 for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11 If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent;

12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;

13 we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil;

14 throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse" --

15 my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths;

16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird;

18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.

20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice;

21 on the top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22 How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

23 Give heed to my reproof; behold, I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.

24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

25 and you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you,

27 when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,

30 would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,

31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.

32 For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacence of fools destroys them;

33 but he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil."

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,

2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

3 yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures;

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his saints.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11 discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you;

12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil;

15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

16 You will be saved from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words,

17 who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;

18 for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the shades;

19 none who go to her come back nor do they regain the paths of life.

20 So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it;

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments;

2 for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you.

3 Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce;

10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,

12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding,

14 for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.

19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

20 by his knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight,

22 and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

23 Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble.

24 If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes;

26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" --when you have it with you.

29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor who dwells trustingly beside you.

30 Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

31 Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways;

32 for the perverse man is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the abode of the righteous.

34 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor.

35 The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight;

2 for I give you good precepts: do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

4 he taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live;

5 do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.

7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."

10 Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.

11 I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.

13 Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.

16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made some one stumble.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.

22 For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh.

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.

24 Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

26 Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure.

27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding;

2 that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.

3 For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;

4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol;

6 she does not take heed to the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

7 And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house;

9 lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless;

10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of an alien;

11 and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed,

12 and you say, "How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.

14 I was at the point of utter ruin in the assembled congregation."

15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.

16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

19 a lovely hind, a graceful doe. Let her affection fill you at all times with delight, be infatuated always with her love.

20 Why should you be infatuated, my son, with a loose woman and embrace the bosom of an adventuress?

21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he watches all his paths.

22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is caught in the toils of his sin.

23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is lost.

Spanish LBLA

Proverbs 1

1 Los proverbios de Salomón, hijo de David, rey de Israel:

2 para aprender sabiduría e instrucción, para discernir dichos profundos,

3 para recibir instrucción en sabia conducta, justicia, juicio y equidad;

4 para dar a los simples prudencia, y a los jóvenes conocimiento y discreción.

5 El sabio oirá y crecerá en conocimiento, y el inteligente adquirirá habilidad,

6 para entender proverbio y metáfora, las palabras de los sabios y sus enigmas.

7 El temor del SENOR es el principio de la sabiduría; los necios desprecian la sabiduría y la instrucción.

8 Oye, hijo mío, la instrucción de tu padre, y no abandones la ensenanza de tu madre;

9 porque guirnalda de gracia son para tu cabeza, y collares para tu cuello.

10 Hijo mío, si los pecadores te quieren seducir, no consientas.

11 Si dicen: Ven con nosotros, pongámonos al asecho para derramar sangre, sin causa asechemos al inocente,

12 devorémoslos vivos como el Seol, enteros, como los que descienden al abismo;

13 hallaremos toda clase de preciadas riquezas, llenaremos nuestras casas de botín;

14 echa tu suerte con nosotros, todos tendremos una bolsa;

15 hijo mío, no andes en el camino con ellos, aparta tu pie de su senda,

16 porque sus pies corren hacia el mal, y a derramar sangre se apresuran.

17 Porque es en vano tender la red ante los ojos de cualquier ave;

18 pero ellos a su propia sangre asechan, tienden lazo a sus propias vidas.

19 Tales son los caminos de todo el que se beneficia por la violencia: que quita la vida de sus poseedores.

20 La sabiduría clama en la calle, en las plazas alza su voz;

21 clama en las esquinas de las calles concurridas; a la entrada de las puertas de la ciudad pronuncia sus discursos:

22 ¿Hasta cuándo, oh simples, amaréis la simpleza, y los burladores se deleitarán en hacer burla, y los necios aborrecerán el conocimiento?

23 Volveos a mi reprensión: he aquí, derramaré mi espíritu sobre vosotros, os haré conocer mis palabras.

24 Porque he llamado y habéis rehusado oír, he extendido mi mano y nadie ha hecho caso;

25 habéis desatendido todo consejo mío, y no habéis deseado mi reprensión;

26 también yo me reiré de vuestra calamidad, me burlaré cuando sobrevenga lo que teméis,

27 cuando venga como tormenta lo que teméis, y vuestra calamidad sobrevenga como torbellino, cuando vengan sobre vosotros tribulación y angustia.

28 Entonces me invocarán, pero no responderé; me buscarán con diligencia, pero no me hallarán;

29 porque odiaron el conocimiento, y no escogieron el temor del SENOR,

30 ni quisieron aceptar mi consejo, y despreciaron toda mi reprensión;

31 comerán del fruto de su conducta, y de sus propias artimanas se hartarán.

32 Porque el desvío de los simples los matará, y la complacencia de los necios los destruirá.

33 Pero el que me escucha vivirá seguro, y descansará, sin temor al mal.

Proverbs 2

1 Hijo mío, si recibes mis palabras, y atesoras mis mandamientos dentro de ti,

2 da oído a la sabiduría, inclina tu corazón al entendimiento;

3 porque si clamas a la inteligencia, y alzas tu voz al entendimiento,

4 si la buscas como a plata, y la procuras como a tesoros escondidos,

5 entonces entenderás el temor del SENOR, y descubrirás el conocimiento de Dios.

6 Porque el SENOR da sabiduría, de su boca vienen el conocimiento y la inteligencia.

7 El reserva la prosperidad para los rectos, es escudo para los que andan en integridad,

8 guarda las sendas del juicio, y preserva el camino de sus santos.

9 Entonces discernirás justicia y juicio, equidad y todo buen sendero;

10 porque la sabiduría entrará en tu corazón, y el conocimiento será grato a tu alma;

11 la discreción velará sobre ti, el entendimiento te protegerá,

12 para librarte de la senda del mal, del hombre que habla cosas perversas;

13 de los que dejan las sendas de rectitud, para andar por los caminos tenebrosos;

14 de los que se deleitan en hacer el mal, y se regocijan en las perversidades del mal,

15 cuyas sendas son torcidas, y se extravían en sus senderos.

16 Ella te librará de la mujer extrana, de la desconocida que lisonjea con sus palabras,

17 la cual deja al companero de su juventud, y olvida el pacto de su Dios;

18 porque su casa se inclina hacia la muerte, y sus senderos hacia los muertos;

19 todos los que a ella van, no vuelven, ni alcanzan las sendas de la vida.

20 Por tanto andarás en el camino de los buenos, y guardarás las sendas de los justos;

21 porque los rectos morarán en la tierra, y los íntegros permanecerán en ella;

22 pero los impíos serán cortados de la tierra, y los pérfidos serán desarraigados de ella.

Proverbs 3

1 Hijo mío, no te olvides de mi ensenanza, y tu corazón guarde mis mandamientos,

2 porque largura de días y anos de vida y paz te anadirán.

3 La misericordia y la verdad nunca se aparten de ti; átalas a tu cuello, escríbelas en la tabla de tu corazón.

4 Así hallarás favor y buena estimación ante los ojos de Dios y de los hombres.

5 Confía en el SENOR con todo tu corazón, y no te apoyes en tu propio entendimiento.

6 Reconócele en todos tus caminos, y El enderezará tus sendas.

7 No seas sabio a tus propios ojos, teme al SENOR y apártate del mal.

8 Será medicina para tu cuerpo y refrigerio para tus huesos.

9 Honra al SENOR con tus bienes y con las primicias de todos tus frutos;

10 entonces tus graneros se llenarán con abundancia y tus lagares rebosarán de mosto.

11 Hijo mío, no rechaces la disciplina del SENOR ni aborrezcas su reprensión,

12 porque el SENOR a quien ama reprende, como un padre al hijo en quien se deleita.

13 Bienaventurado el hombre que halla sabiduría y el hombre que adquiere entendimiento;

14 porque su ganancia es mejor que la ganancia de la plata, y sus utilidades mejor que el oro fino.

15 Es más preciosa que las joyas, y nada de lo que deseas se compara con ella.

16 Larga vida hay en su mano derecha, en su mano izquierda, riquezas y honra.

17 Sus caminos son caminos agradables y todas sus sendas, paz.

18 Es árbol de vida para los que de ella echan mano, y felices son los que la abrazan.

19 Con sabiduría fundó el SENOR la tierra, con inteligencia estableció los cielos.

20 Con su conocimiento los abismos fueron divididos y los cielos destilan rocío.

21 Hijo mío, no se aparten estas cosas de tus ojos, guarda la prudencia y la discreción,

22 y serán vida para tu alma, y adorno para tu cuello.

23 Entonces andarás con seguridad por tu camino, y no tropezará tu pie.

24 Cuando te acuestes no tendrás temor, sí, te acostarás y será dulce tu sueno.

25 No temerás el pavor repentino, ni el ataque de los impíos cuando venga,

26 porque el SENOR será tu confianza, y guardará tu pie de ser apresado.

27 No niegues el bien a quien se le debe, cuando esté en tu mano el hacerlo.

28 No digas a tu prójimo: Ve y vuelve, y manana te lo daré, cuando lo tienes contigo.

29 No trames el mal contra tu prójimo, mientras habite seguro a tu lado.

30 No contiendas con nadie sin motivo, si no te ha hecho dano.

31 No envidies al hombre violento, y no escojas ninguno de sus caminos;

32 porque el hombre perverso es abominación para el SENOR; pero El es amigo íntimo de los rectos.

33 La maldición del SENOR está sobre la casa del impío, pero El bendice la morada del justo.

34 Ciertamente El se burla de los burladores, pero da gracia a los afligidos.

35 El sabio heredará honra, pero los necios hacen resaltar su deshonra.

Proverbs 4

1 Oíd, hijos, la instrucción de un padre, y prestad atención para que ganéis entendimiento,

2 porque os doy buena ensenanza; no abandonéis mi instrucción.

3 También yo fui hijo para mi padre, tierno y ?nico a los ojos de mi madre,

4 y él me ensenaba y me decía: Retenga tu corazón mis palabras, guarda mis mandamientos y vivirás.

5 Adquiere sabiduría, adquiere inteligencia; no te olvides ni te apartes de las palabras de mi boca.

6 No la abandones y ella velará sobre ti, ámala y ella te protegerá.

7 Lo principal es la sabiduría; adquiere sabiduría, y con todo lo que obtengas adquiere inteligencia.

8 Estímala, y ella te ensalzará; ella te honrará si tú la abrazas;

9 guirnalda de gracia pondrá en tu cabeza, corona de hermosura te entregará.

10 Oye, hijo mío, recibe mis palabras, y muchos serán los anos de tu vida.

11 Por el camino de la sabiduría te he conducido, por sendas de rectitud te he guiado.

12 Cuando andes, tus pasos no serán obstruidos, y si corres, no tropezarás.

13 Aférrate a la instrucción, no la sueltes; guárdala, porque ella es tu vida.

14 No entres en la senda de los impíos, ni vayas por el camino de los malvados.

15 Evítalo, no pases por él; apártate de él y pasa adelante.

16 Porque ellos no duermen a menos que hagan el mal, y pierden el sueno si no han hecho caer a alguno.

17 Porque comen pan de maldad, y beben vino de violencia.

18 Mas la senda de los justos es como la luz de la aurora, que va aumentando en resplandor hasta que es pleno día.

19 El camino de los impíos es como las tinieblas, no saben en qué tropiezan.

20 Hijo mío, presta atención a mis palabras, inclina tu oído a mis razones;

21 que no se aparten de tus ojos, guárdalas en medio de tu corazón.

22 Porque son vida para los que las hallan, y salud para todo su cuerpo.

23 Con toda diligencia guarda tu corazón, porque de él brotan los manantiales de la vida.

24 Aparta de ti la boca perversa, y aleja de ti los labios falsos.

25 Miren tus ojos hacia adelante, y que tu mirada se fíje en lo que está frente a ti.

26 Fíjate en el sendero de tus pies, y todos tus caminos serán establecidos.

27 No te desvíes a la derecha ni a la izquierda; aparta tu pie del mal.

Proverbs 5

1 Hijo mío, presta atención a mi sabiduría, inclina tu oído a mi prudencia,

2 para que guardes la discreción, y tus labios conserven el conocimiento.

3 Porque los labios de la extrana destilan miel, y su lengua es más suave que el aceite;

4 pero al final es amarga como el ajenjo, aguda como espada de dos filos.

5 Sus pies descienden a la muerte, sus pasos sólo logran el Seol.

6 No considera la senda de la vida; sus senderos son inestables, y no lo sabe.

7 Ahora pues, hijos míos, escuchadme, y no os apartéis de las palabras de mi boca.

8 Aleja de la extrana tu camino, y no te acerques a la puerta de su casa;

9 no sea que des tu vigor a otros y tus anos al cruel;

10 no sea que se sacien los extranos de tus bienes, y tu esfuerzo vaya a casa del extranjero;

11 y al final te lamentes, cuando tu carne y tu cuerpo se hayan consumido,

12 y digas: ¡Cómo he aborrecido la instrucción, y mi corazón ha despreciado la corrección!

13 No he escuchado la voz de mis maestros, ni he inclinado mi oído a mis instructores.

14 He estado a punto de completa ruina en medio de la asamblea y la congregación.

15 Bebe agua de tu cisterna y agua fresca de tu pozo.

16 ¿Se derramarán por fuera tus manantiales, tus arroyos de aguas por las calles?

17 Sean para ti solo, y no para los extranos contigo.

18 Sea bendita tu fuente, y regocíjate con la mujer de tu juventud,

19 amante cierva y graciosa gacela; que sus senos te satisfagan en todo tiempo, su amor te embriague para siempre.

20 ¿Por qué has de embriagarte, hijo mío, con una extrana, y abrazar el seno de una desconocida?

21 Pues los caminos del hombre están delante de los ojos del SENOR, y El observa todos sus senderos.

22 De sus propias iniquidades será presa el impío, y en los lazos de su pecado quedará atrapado.

23 Morirá por falta de instrucción, y por su mucha necedad perecerá.

World English Bible

Proverbs 1

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 lay 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 spoil.

14 You shall cast your lot among us. We�ll all have one purse.�

15 My son, don't walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path,

16 For their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood.

17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:

18 But these lay 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 will they 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 2

1 My son, if you will receive my words, And store up my commandments within you;

2 So as to turn your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;

3 Yes, if you call out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures:

5 Then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, And find the knowledge of God.

6 For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;

8 That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,

12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men who speak perverse things;

13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil;

15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths:

16 To deliver you from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;

17 Who forsakes the friend of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God:

18 For her house leads down to death, Her paths to the dead.

19 None who go to her return again, Neither do they attain to the paths of life:

20 That you may walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.

22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

1 My son, don't forget my teaching; But let your heart keep my commandments:

2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to you.

3 Don't let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor, And good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, And don't lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths.

7 Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.

8 It will be health to your body, And nourishment to your bones.

9 Honor Yahweh with your substance, With the first fruits of all your increase:

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, don't despise Yahweh's discipline, Neither be weary of his reproof:

12 For whom Yahweh loves, he reproves; Even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, The man who gets understanding.

14 For her good profit is better than getting silver, And her return is better than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies. None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness. All her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her. Happy is everyone who retains her.

19 By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth. By understanding, he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge, the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 So they will be life to your soul, And grace for your neck.

23 Then you shall walk in your way securely. Your foot won't stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.

25 Don't be afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:

26 For Yahweh will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken.

27 Don't withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do it.

28 Don't say to your neighbor, �Go, and come again, Tomorrow I will give it to you,� When you have it by you.

29 Don't devise evil against your neighbor, Seeing he dwells securely by you.

30 Don't strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

31 Don't envy the man of violence. Choose none of his ways.

32 For the perverse is an abomination to Yahweh, But his friendship is with the upright.

33 Yahweh's curse is in the house of the wicked, But he blesses the habitation of the righteous.

34 Surely he mocks the mockers, But he gives grace to the humble.

35 The wise will inherit glory, But shame will be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 4

1 Listen, sons, to a father's instruction. Pay attention and know understanding;

2 For I give you sound learning. Don't forsake my law.

3 For I was a son to my father, Tender and an only child in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me, and said to me: �Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom. Get understanding. Don't forget, neither swerve from the words of my mouth.

6 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.

7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will give to your head a garland of grace. She will deliver a crown of splendor to you.�

10 Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many.

11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths.

12 When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction. Don't let her go. Keep her, for she is your life.

14 Don't enter into the path of the wicked. Don't walk in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, and don't pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on.

16 For they don't sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the righteous is like the dawning light, That shines more and more until the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is like darkness. They don't know what they stumble over.

20 My son, attend to my words. Turn your ear to my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to their whole body.

23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

24 Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established.

27 Don't turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Turn your ear to my understanding:

2 That you may maintain discretion, That your lips may preserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey. Her mouth is smoother than oil,

4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, And as sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death. Her steps lead straight to Sheol.

6 She gives no thought to the way of life. Her ways are crooked, and she doesn't know it.

7 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me. Don't depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Remove your way far from her. Don't come near the door of her house,

9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;

10 Lest strangers feast on your wealth, And your labors enrich another man's house.

11 You will groan at your latter end, When your flesh and your body are consumed,

12 And say, �How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof;

13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor turned my ear to those who instructed me!

14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, In the midst of the gathered assembly.�

15 Drink water out of your own cistern, Running water out of your own well.

16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, Streams of water in the public squares?

17 Let them be for yourself alone, Not for strangers with you.

18 Let your spring be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 A loving doe and a graceful deer� Let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be captivated always with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be captivated with an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Yahweh. He examines all his paths.

22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.

23 He will die for lack of instruction. In the greatness of his folly, he will go astray.

Young's Literal Translation

Proverbs 1

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!"

Proverbs 2

1 ¶My son, if thou dost accept my sayings, And my commands dost lay up with thee,

2 To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,

3 For, if for intelligence thou callest, For understanding givest forth thy voice,

4 If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures searchest for her,

5 Then understandest thou fear of Jehovah, And knowledge of God thou findest.

6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom, From His mouth knowledge and understanding.

7 Even to lay up for the upright substance, A shield for those walking uprightly.

8 To keep the paths of judgment, And the way of His saints He preserveth.

9 Then understandest thou righteousness, And judgment, and uprightness -- every good path.

10 ¶For wisdom cometh into thy heart, And knowledge to thy soul is pleasant,

11 Thoughtfulness doth watch over thee, Understanding doth keep thee,

12 To deliver thee from an evil way, From any speaking froward things,

13 Who are forsaking paths of uprightness, To walk in ways of darkness,

14 Who are rejoicing to do evil, They delight in frowardness of the wicked,

15 Whose paths are crooked, Yea, they are perverted in their ways.

16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, From the stranger who hath made smooth her sayings,

17 Who is forsaking the guide of her youth, And the covenant of her God hath forgotten.

18 For her house hath inclined unto death, And unto Rephaim her paths.

19 None going in unto her turn back, Nor do they reach the paths of life.

20 That thou dost go in the way of the good, And the paths of the righteous dost keep.

21 For the upright do inhabit the earth, And the perfect are left in it,

22 And the wicked from the earth are cut off, And treacherous dealers plucked out of it!

Proverbs 3

1 ¶My son! my law forget not, And my commands let thy heart keep,

2 For length of days and years, Life and peace they do add to thee.

3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,

4 And find grace and good understanding In the eyes of God and man.

5 Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart, And unto thine own understanding lean not.

6 In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thy paths.

7 ¶Be not wise in thine own eyes, Fear Jehovah, and turn aside from evil.

8 Healing it is to thy navel, And moistening to thy bones.

9 Honour Jehovah from thy substance, And from the beginning of all thine increase;

10 And filled are thy barns with plenty, And with new wine thy presses break forth.

11 Chastisement of Jehovah, my son, despise not, And be not vexed with His reproof,

12 For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth, Even as a father the son He is pleased with.

13 ¶O the happiness of a man who hath found wisdom, And of a man who bringeth forth understanding.

14 For better is her merchandise Than the merchandise of silver, And than gold -- her increase.

15 Precious she is above rubies, And all thy pleasures are not comparable to her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left are wealth and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

18 A tree of life she is to those laying hold on her, And whoso is retaining her is happy.

19 Jehovah by wisdom did found the earth, He prepared the heavens by understanding.

20 By His knowledge depths have been rent, And clouds do drop dew.

21 ¶My son! let them not turn from thine eyes, Keep thou wisdom and thoughtfulness,

22 And they are life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

23 Then thou goest thy way confidently, And thy foot doth not stumble.

24 If thou liest down, thou art not afraid, Yea, thou hast lain down, And sweet hath been thy sleep.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, And of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh.

26 For Jehovah is at thy side, And He hath kept thy foot from capture.

27 ¶Withhold not good from its owners, When thy hand is toward God to do it.

28 Say not thou to thy friend, "Go, and return, and to-morrow I give," And substance with thee.

29 Devise not against thy neighbour evil, And he sitting confidently with thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, If he have not done thee evil.

31 Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of his ways.

32 For an abomination to Jehovah is the perverted, And with the upright is His secret counsel.

33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked. And the habitation of the righteous He blesseth.

34 If the scorners He doth scorn, Yet to the humble He doth give grace.

35 Honour do the wise inherit, And fools are bearing away shame!

Proverbs 4

1 ¶Hear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.

2 For good learning I have given to you, My law forsake not.

3 For, a son I have been to my father -- tender, And an only one before my mother.

4 And he directeth me, and he saith to me: "Let thy heart retain my words, Keep my commands, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding, Do not forget, nor turn away From the sayings of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she doth preserve thee, Love her, and she doth keep thee.

7 The first thing is wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she doth lift thee up, She honoureth thee, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She giveth to thy head a wreath of grace, A crown of beauty she doth give thee freely.

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And years of life are multiplied to thee.

11 In a way of wisdom I have directed thee, I have caused thee to tread in paths of uprightness.

12 In thy walking thy step is not straitened, And if thou runnest, thou stumblest not.

13 Lay hold on instruction, do not desist, Keep her, for she is thy life.

14 ¶Into the path of the wicked enter not, And be not happy in a way of evil doers.

15 Avoid it, pass not over into it, Turn aside from it, and pass on.

16 For they sleep not if they do not evil, And their sleep hath been taken violently away, If they cause not some to stumble.

17 For they have eaten bread of wickedness, And wine of violence they drink.

18 And the path of the righteous is as a shining light, Going and brightening till the day is established,

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness, They have not known at what they stumble.

20 ¶My son, to my words give attention, To my sayings incline thine ear,

21 Let them not turn aside from thine eyes, Preserve them in the midst of thy heart.

22 For life they are to those finding them, And to all their flesh healing.

23 Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it are the outgoings of life.

24 Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,

25 Thine eyes do look straightforward, And thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder thou the path of thy feet, And all thy ways are established.

27 Incline not to the right or to the left, Turn aside thy foot from evil!


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