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1The proverbs of Solomon the
son of David, king of Israel,
2To know wisdom and instruction;
To comprehend the words of understanding;
3To receive the discipline of wisdom,
Justice, and right, and equity;
4To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion;
5That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning,
And the man of understanding may attain unto wise counsels;
6To understand a proverb, and a figure;
The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
But the foolish despise wisdom and discipline.
8Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father,
And forsake not the teaching of thy mother;
9For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head,
And chains about thy neck.
10My son, if sinners entice thee,
Consent thou not.
11If they say: 'Come with us,
Let us lie in wait for blood,
Let us lurk for the innocent without cause;
12Let us swallow them up alive as the grave,
And whole, as those that go down into the pit;
13We shall find all precious substance,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14Cast in thy lot among us;
Let us all have one purse'—
15My son, walk not thou in the way with them,
Restrain thy foot from their path;
16For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17For in vain the net is spread
In the eyes of any bird;
18And these lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk for their own lives.
19So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20Wisdom crieth aloud in the street,
She uttereth her voice in the broad places;
21She calleth at the head of the noisy streets,
At the entrances of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words:
22'How long, ye thoughtless, will ye love thoughtlessness?
And how long will scorners delight them in scorning,
And fools hate knowledge?
23Turn you at my reproof;
Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you,