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To know Wisdom


1:1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David,
Who reigned in Israel;

1:2 To know wisdom and instruction,
And to perceive words of understanding;

1:3 To receive also hard saying,
And to understand true justice,
And how to direct judgement;

1:4 That he might give subtlety to the simple,
And to the young man discernment and understanding.

1:5 For by the hearing of these a wise man will be wiser,
And man of understanding will gain direction;

Wisdom begets the fear of God

1:6 And will understand a parable, and a dark speech;
The saying of the wise also, and riddles.

1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
And there is good understanding to all that practise it:
And piety toward God is the beginning of discernment;
But the ungodly will set at nought wisdom and instruction.

1:8 Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father,
And reject not the rules of thy mother.

1:9 For thou shalt receive for thine head a crown of graces,
And a chain of gold round thy neck.

1:10 My son, let not ungodly men lead thee astray,
Neither consent thou to them.

1:11 If they should exhort thee, saying,
"Come with us, partake in blood,
And let us unjustly hide the just man in the earth:

1:12 And let us swallow him alive, as Hades would,
And remove the memorial of him from the earth:

1:13 Let us seize on his valuable property,
And let us fill our houses with spoils:

1:14 But do thou cast in thy lot with us,
And let us all provide a common purse,
And let us have one pouch:"

1:15 Go not in the way with them,
But turn aside thy foot from their paths.

1:16 For their feet run to evil,
And make haste to shed blood.

1:17 For nets are not without cause spread for birds.

1:18 For they that are concerned in murder store up evils for themselves;
And the overthrow of transgressors is evil.

1:19 These are the ways of all that perform lawless deeds;
For by ungodliness they destroy their own life.

Wisdom speaks out

1:20 Wisdom sings aloud in passages,
And in the broad places speaks boldly.

1:21 And She maketh proclamation on the top of the walls,
And sitteth by the gates of princes;
And at the gates of the city boldly says,

1:22 "So long as the simple cleave to justice,
They shall not be ashamed:
But the foolish being lovers of haughtiness,
Having become ungodly have hated knowledge,
And are become subject to reproofs.

1:23 Behold, I will bring forth to you the utterance of my breath,
And I will instruct you in My speech.

1:24 "Since I called, and ye did not hearken;
And I spoke at length, and ye gave no heed;

1:25 But ye set at nought My counsels,
And disregarded My reproofs;

1:26 Therefore I also will laugh at your destruction;
And I will rejoice against you when ruin cometh upon you:

1:27 Yea when dismay suddenly cometh upon you,
And your overthrow shall arrive like a tempest;
And when tribulation and distress shall come upon you,
Or when ruin shall come upon you.

1:28 For it shall be that when ye call upon Me,
I will not hearken to you:
Wicked men shall seek Me, but shall not find Me.

1:29 For they hated Wisdom, and did not choose the word of the Lord:

1:30 Neither would they attend to my counsels,
But derided My reproofs.

1:31 Therefore shall they eat the fruits of their own way,
And shall be filled with their own ungodliness.

1:32 For because they wronged the simple,
They shall be slain;
And an inquisition shall ruin the ungodly.

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