Proverbs 1

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  • 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.

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