PROVERBS

CHAPTER ONE
1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David,
king of Israel:
1:2 to know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
1:3 to receive instruction of prudence,
to do righteousness, justice, and equity.
1:4 to give shrewdness to the naive,
To the youth, knowledge and discretion.
1:5 Let the wise man hear and increase learning,
And let the discerning (person) acquire guidance
1:6 to discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable,
the words of the wise person and their riddles.

1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning (first and chief thing) of knowledge;
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

1:8 Listen my son to the instruction of your father
and do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
1:9 For they are like a graceful garland for your head
and a necklace for your neck.
1:10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
1:11 If they say, “Come with us;
let us lie in wait for blood,
let us ambush the innocent without cause;
1:12 let’s swallow them alive like Sheol,
even whole as they go down to the pit.
1:13 all kinds of precious wealth we will find,
we will fill our houses with plunder;
1:14 If you throw in your lot with us
There will be to all of us, one purse.”

1:15 My son, do not walk in the way of them
Keep your foot from their path;
1:16 for their feet run to evil
and they hasten to shed blood.
1:17 Surely, it is useless spreading (throwing) a net
in the sight of any creature that flies!
1:18 But they lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence that kind of gain
It (greed for gain) takes away the life
of the one who possesses it.

1:20 Wisdom calls out in the street.
in the public squares, she lifts her voice;
1:21 at the top of the wall of the noisy streets
she calls out,
at the entrance to the gates of the city, she speaks her sayings (speech):
1:22 “How long you naive ones will you love being naive
and scoffers delighting themselves with scoffing,
and fools hate knowledge?
1:23 Turn to my rebuke;
then I will pour out my spirit (thoughts) on you
I will make my words known to you.
1:24 Because I called and you refused to listen
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
1:25 and you neglected all my counsel
and you do not want my rebuke,
1:26 I will in turn laugh at your disaster,
I will scoff when your calamity comes
1:27 when your calamity comes like a storm
and your disaster arrives as a whirlwind
when distress and anguish come upon you.
1:28 Then they will call on me but I will not answer;
they will seek diligently for me but will not find me,
1:29 because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD.
1:30 They would not accept my counsel.
they spurned every rebuke.
1:31 So they shall eat from the fruit of their way.
And be satiated with their own devices.
1:32 For the apostasy of the naive will kill them
and the complacency of the fools will destroy them.
1:33 but the one who listens to me and obeys will live
in security
even be at ease from the dread of evil.”

CHAPTER TWO

2:1 My son, if you receive my words
and store up my commands within you,
2:2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom
you apply your heart to understanding,
2:3 surely if you call out for discernment,
lift your voice for understanding;
2:4 if you seek her as silver
and search for her as hidden treasures,
2:5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and will find the knowledge of God.
2:6 for the LORD gives wisdom
from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
2:7 and he stores up for the upright effective wisdom,
a shield to those who walk in integrity,
2:8 guarding the paths of justice, watching the way of his godly ones;
2:9 then you will understand what is right and just
and equity,
and every good course;
2:10 for wisdom will enter into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to you;
2:11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you;
2:12 to deliver you from the way of evil,
from the man who speaks perverse things,
2:13 those who abandon the paths of uprightness
to walk in the paths of darkness;
2:14 those who take pleasure in doing evil,
and rejoice in the perversity of evil;
2:15 whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their tracks;
2:16 to deliver you from the adulteress,
from the outsider [of the covenant] who speaks flattering words;
2:17 who abandons the companion of her youth,
and forgets the covenant of her God;
2:18 for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the realm of the departed;
2:19 all who enter into her house do not return,
and they will not reach the paths of life;
2:20 so you will walk in the way of good men,
and keep to the paths of the righteous;
2:21 for the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
2:22 but the wicked will be cut off from the earth
and the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

CHAPTER THREE

3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
3:2 for length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.

3:3 Let not kindness and faithfulness leave you
bind them upon your neck.
write them on the tablet of your heart
3:4 and you will find favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding,
3:6 in all your ways know Him wholeheartedly,
and He will make your paths smooth and straight.

3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes,
fear the LORD and turn away from evil;
3:8 let there be healing to your navel
and refreshment to your bones.

3:9 Honor the LORD from your wealth,
from the firstfruits of all your produce,
3:10 and your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.

3:11 Do not reject, my son, the discipline of the LORD,
and do not loath His correction,
3:12 because whom the LORD loves he reproves,
even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

3:13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gains understanding;
3:14 for her profit is better than the profit of silver
and her gain better than fine gold.

3:15 She is more precious than jewels.
and all your desires does not compare with her.
3:16 long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.

3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness
and all her byways are peace.

3:18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
and those who hold her fast will be blessed.

3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth,
by understanding, He established the heavens;
3:20 by his knowledge the deeps were broke open
and the clouds drip dew.

3:21 My son, let them [wisdom and understanding]
not depart from your eyes;
guard sound judgment and discretion
3:22 so they will be life to you
and adornment to your neck.

3:23 Then you will walk securely in your way
and your foot will not stumble.

3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
and when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.

3:25 Do not dread sudden terror
or the ruin of the wicked when comes;
3:26 for the LORD will be at your side,
and keep your foot from being caught in a trap

3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.

3:28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
when you have it with you at that time.

3:29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor
while he dwells trustingly by you.

3:30 Do not accuse a man without just cause,
if he has not done you evil.

3:31 Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways;
3:32 for the devious are an abomination to the LORD
but with the upright is his counsel.

CHAPTER FOUR

4:1 Hear, my sons, to the instruction of a father,
and pay attention that you may gain discernment.

4:2 For I give you (pl.) good teaching;
Do not forsake my instruction.

4:3 When I was a son to my father,
tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
4:4 then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Let your heart take hold my words;
Keep my instruction and live.                                                                                                                                                                   4:5 Get wisdom! Get discernment!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.                                                                                                                 4:6 Do not leave her and she will keep you.
Love her and she will guard you.

4:7 The beginning of wisdom is, get wisdom.
In all your getting of stuff, get wisdom.

4:8 Esteem her highly and she will exalt you.
She will honor you, if you embrace her.

4:9 She will bestow on your head, a garland of grace.
She will bestow on you a crown of beauty.”

4:10 Hear my son, and take hold my sayings
so that the years of your life will be many.

4:11 I direct you in the way of wisdom,
I lead you in upright paths

4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded;
and if you run you will not stumble.

4:13 Hold on to instruction; do not let go.
Guard it, for it is your life.

4:14 Do not enter in the path of the wicked
and do not walk in the way of evil men.

4:15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn aside from going upon it, and pass it by.

4:16 For they cannot sleep unless they cause evil;
they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.

4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.

4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
growing brighter and brighter until full day.

4:19 The way of the wicked is gloomy darkness;
They do not know what causes them to stumble.

4:20 My son, pay attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.

4:21 Do not let them out of your sight;
keep them within your heart;

4:22 For they are life to those who find them
and health to all one’s body.

4:23 With all diligence, watch over your heart,
for from it flows the outgoings of life.

4:24 Keep your mouth away from perversity,
and devious speech far from you.

4:25 Let your eyes look directly in front of you,
and let your pupils be fixed straight in front of you.

4:26 Watch the path for your feet,
so that all your ways may be established.

4:27 Do not turn to the right or to the left;
turn your foot from evil.

CHAPTER FIVE

5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
5:2 that you may keep discretion
and that your lips preserve knowledge.
5:3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and smoother than oil is her speech,
5:4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
5:6 The path of life, she does not watch;
Her steps wander and she does not know it.
5:7 So now, sons, listen to me,
and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
5:8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house.
5:9 lest you lose your splendor to others,
and your dignity to the cruel;
5:10 lest strangers be filled with your strength,
and your hard work to the house of a stranger;
5:11 and you groan at the end of your life,
when your flesh and body are consumed.
5:12 And you say, “How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof !
5:13 “And I did not listen to the voice of my teachers,
nor incline my ear to my instructors!
5:14 I was almost in total ruin
among the entire assembly.
5:15 Drink water from your own cistern
and flowing water from the midst of your own well.
5:16 Should your springs be dispersed outside,
your streams of water in the public squares?
5:17 Let them be for yourself alone
and not for strangers with you.
5:18 May your fountain be blessed,
and take pleasure from the wife of your youth.
5:19 May she be a love making doe, a graceful mountain goat;
May her breast satisfy you at all times;
Be intoxicated with her love-making —always.
5:20 For why should you, my son,
be intoxicated with an adulteress
and embrace the bosom of an unfaithful woman?
5:21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
and He observes all his paths.
5:22 His iniquities will catch him
and with the cords of sin, he will be held.
5:23 He will die in his lack of instruction,
and in the abundance of his folly, he will go astray.