proverbs of Solomon the son of David,
king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple,
to the young man knowledge and
5 A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain
unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb,
and the interpretation;
the words of the wise,
and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning
but fools despise wisdom and
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
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the
and whole, as those that go down into
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
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
20 Wisdom crieth without;
she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of
in the openings of the gates:
in the city she uttereth her words,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye
and the scorners delight in their
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof:
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
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
when distress and anguish cometh upon
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
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall
and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible,
King James Version of 1611