1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, the king of Israel.
2These proverbs are to teach wisdom and instruction, to teach words of insight,
3that you may receive instruction in order to live by doing what is right, just, and fair.
4These proverbs are also to give wisdom to the naive, and to give knowledge and discretion to young people.
5Let wise people listen and increase their learning, and let discerning people get guidance,
6to understand proverbs, sayings, and words of wise people and their riddles.
7The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge— fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8My son, hear the instruction of your father and do not lay aside the rules of your mother;
9they will be a graceful wreath for your head and pendants hanging from your neck.
10My son, if sinners try to entice you into their sin, refuse to follow them.
11If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us hide and attack innocent people for no reason.
12Let us swallow them up alive, like Sheol takes away those who are healthy, and make them like those who fall into the pit.
13We shall find all kinds of valuable things; we will fill our houses with what we steal from others.
14Throw in your lot with us; we will all have one purse together.”
15My son, do not walk down that road with them; do not let your foot touch where they walk;
16their feet run to evil and they hurry to shed blood.
17For it is useless to spread the net in the sight of any bird.
18These men lie in wait for their own blood— they set an ambush for their own lives.
19So are the ways of everyone who gains riches by injustice; unjust gain takes away the lives of those who hold on to it.
20Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the open places;
21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks,
22“How long, you naive people, will you love being naive? How long, you mockers, will you delight in mockery, and how long, you fools, will you hate knowledge?
23Pay attention to my correction; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.
24I have called, and you have refused to listen; I reached out with my hand, but there was no one who paid attention.
25But you have ignored all my instruction and paid no attention to my correction.
26I will laugh at your calamity, I will mock you when the terror comes—
27when your fearful dread comes like a storm and disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
28Then they will call upon me, and I will not answer; they will desperately call for me, but they will not find me.
29Because they hate knowledge and did not choose the fear of Yahweh,
30they would not follow my instruction, and they despised all my correction.
31They will eat the fruit of their ways, and with the fruit of their schemes they will be filled.
32For the naive are killed when they turn away, and the indifference of fools will destroy them.
33But whoever listens to me will live in safety and will rest secure with no fear of disaster.”