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PROVERBS

I will make known my words unto you.
24Because I have called, and ye refused,
I have stretched out my hand, and no man attended,
25But ye have set at nought all my counsel,
And would none of my reproof;
26I also, in your calamity, will laugh,
I will mock when your dread cometh;
27When your dread cometh as a storm,
And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind;
When trouble and distress come upon you.
28Then will they call me, but I will not answer,
They will seek me earnestly, but they shall not find me.
29For that they hated knowledge,
And did not choose the fear of the Lord;
30They would none of my counsel,
They despised all my reproof.
31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,
And be filled with their own devices.
32For the waywardness of the thoughtless shall slay them,
And the confidence of fools shall destroy them.
33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely,
And shall be quiet without fear of evil.'


2My son, if thou wilt receive my words,
And lay up my commandments with thee;
2So that thou make thine ear attend unto wisdom,
And thy heart incline to discernment;
3Yea, if thou call for understanding,
And lift up thy voice for discernment;
4If thou seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hid treasures;
5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord giveth wisdom,
Out of His mouth cometh knowledge and discernment;
7He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright,
He is a shield to them that walk in integrity;
8That He may guard the paths of justice,
And preserve the way of His godly ones.
9Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice,
And equity, yea, every good path.
10For wisdom shall enter into thy heart,
And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;
11Discretion shall watch over thee,
Discernment shall guard thee;
12To deliver thee from the way of evil,
From the men that speak froward things;
13Who leave the paths of uprightness,
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14Who rejoice to do evil,
And delight in the frowardness of evil;
15Who are crooked in their ways,
And perverse in their paths;
16To deliver thee from the strange woman,
Even from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words;
17That forsaketh the lord of her youth,
And forgetteth the covenant of her God.

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