1:1Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
1:2For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding sayings of intelligence,
1:3For receiving the instruction of wisdom, Righteousness, judgment, and uprightness,
1:4For giving to simple ones -- prudence, To a youth -- knowledge and discretion.
1:5(The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the intelligent doth obtain counsels.)
1:6For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, Words of the wise and their acute sayings.
1:7Fear of Jehovah is a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and instruction fools have despised!
1:8Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, And leave not the law of thy mother,
1:9For a graceful wreath are they to thy head, And chains to thy neck.
1:10My son, if sinners entice thee be not willing.
1:11If they say, `Come with us, we lay wait for blood, We watch secretly for the innocent without cause,
1:12We swallow them as Sheol -- alive, And whole -- as those going down to the pit,
1:13Every precious substance we find, We fill our houses with spoil,
1:14Thy lot thou dost cast among us, One purse is -- to all of us.'
1:15My son! go not in the way with them, Withhold thy foot from their path,
1:16For their feet to evil do run, And they haste to shed blood.
1:17Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird.
1:18And they for their own blood lay wait, They watch secretly for their own lives.
1:19So are the paths of every gainer of dishonest gain, The life of its owners it taketh.
1:20Wisdom in an out-place crieth aloud, In broad places she giveth forth her voice,
1:21At the head of the multitudes she calleth, In the openings of the gates, In the city her sayings she saith:
1:22`Till when, ye simple, do ye love simplicity? And have scorners their scorning desired? And do fools hate knowledge?
1:23Turn back at my reproof, lo, I pour forth to you my spirit, I make known my words with you.
1:24Because I have called, and ye refuse, I stretched out my hand, and none is attending,
1:25And ye slight all my counsel, And my reproof ye have not desired.
1:26I also in your calamity do laugh, I deride when your fear cometh,
1:27When your fear cometh as destruction, And your calamity as a hurricane doth come, When on you come adversity and distress.
1:28Then they call me, and I do not answer, They seek me earnestly, and find me not.
1:29Because that they have hated knowledge, And the fear of Jehovah have not chosen.
1:30They have not consented to my counsel, They have despised all my reproof,
1:31And they eat of the fruit of their way, And from their own counsels they are filled.
1:32For the turning of the simple slayeth them, And the security of the foolish destroyeth them.
1:33And whoso is hearkening to me dwelleth confidently, And is quiet from fear of evil!'
2:1My son, if thou dost accept my sayings, And my commands dost lay up with thee,
2:2To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy heart to understanding,
2:3For, if for intelligence thou callest, For understanding givest forth thy voice,
2:4If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures searchest for her,
2:5Then understandest thou fear of Jehovah, And knowledge of God thou findest.
2:6For Jehovah giveth wisdom, From His mouth knowledge and understanding.
2:7Even to lay up for the upright substance, A shield for those walking uprightly.
2:8To keep the paths of judgment, And the way of His saints He preserveth.
2:9Then understandest thou righteousness, And judgment, and uprightness -- every good path.
2:10For wisdom cometh into thy heart, And knowledge to thy soul is pleasant,
2:11Thoughtfulness doth watch over thee, Understanding doth keep thee,
2:12To deliver thee from an evil way, From any speaking froward things,
2:13Who are forsaking paths of uprightness, To walk in ways of darkness,
2:14Who are rejoicing to do evil, They delight in frowardness of the wicked,
2:15Whose paths are crooked, Yea, they are perverted in their ways.
2:16To deliver thee from the strange woman, From the stranger who hath made smooth her sayings,
2:17Who is forsaking the guide of her youth, And the covenant of her God hath forgotten.
2:18For her house hath inclined unto death, And unto Rephaim her paths.
2:19None going in unto her turn back, Nor do they reach the paths of life.
2:20That thou dost go in the way of the good, And the paths of the righteous dost keep.
2:21For the upright do inhabit the earth, And the perfect are left in it,
2:22And the wicked from the earth are cut off, And treacherous dealers plucked out of it!
3:1My son! my law forget not, And my commands let thy heart keep,
3:2For length of days and years, Life and peace they do add to thee.
3:3Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,
3:4And find grace and good understanding In the eyes of God and man.
3:5Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart, And unto thine own understanding lean not.
3:6In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thy paths.
3:7Be not wise in thine own eyes, Fear Jehovah, and turn aside from evil.
3:8Healing it is to thy navel, And moistening to thy bones.
3:9Honour Jehovah from thy substance, And from the beginning of all thine increase;
3:10And filled are thy barns with plenty, And with new wine thy presses break forth.
3:11Chastisement of Jehovah, my son, despise not, And be not vexed with His reproof,
3:12For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth, Even as a father the son He is pleased with.
3:13O the happiness of a man who hath found wisdom, And of a man who bringeth forth understanding.
3:14For better is her merchandise Than the merchandise of silver, And than gold -- her increase.
3:15Precious she is above rubies, And all thy pleasures are not comparable to her.
3:16Length of days is in her right hand, In her left are wealth and honour.
3:17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
3:18A tree of life she is to those laying hold on her, And whoso is retaining her is happy.
3:19Jehovah by wisdom did found the earth, He prepared the heavens by understanding.
3:20By His knowledge depths have been rent, And clouds do drop dew.
3:21My son! let them not turn from thine eyes, Keep thou wisdom and thoughtfulness,
3:22And they are life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
3:23Then thou goest thy way confidently, And thy foot doth not stumble.
3:24If thou liest down, thou art not afraid, Yea, thou hast lain down, And sweet hath been thy sleep.
3:25Be not afraid of sudden fear, And of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh.
3:26For Jehovah is at thy side, And He hath kept thy foot from capture.
3:27Withhold not good from its owners, When thy hand is toward God to do it.
3:28Say not thou to thy friend, `Go, and return, and to-morrow I give,' And substance with thee.
3:29Devise not against thy neighbour evil, And he sitting confidently with thee.
3:30Strive not with a man without cause, If he have not done thee evil.
3:31Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of his ways.
3:32For an abomination to Jehovah is the perverted, And with the upright is His secret counsel.
3:33The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked. And the habitation of the righteous He blesseth.
3:34If the scorners He doth scorn, Yet to the humble He doth give grace.
3:35Honour do the wise inherit, And fools are bearing away shame!