Proverbs 1 [1.] The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
to know wisdom and instruction;
to discern the words of understanding;
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young man:
Proverbs 1 [5.] that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;
that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:
to understand a proverb, and parables,
the words and riddles of the wise.
The fear of Yahweh[a] is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, listen to your father’s instruction,
and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching:
for they will be a garland to grace your head,
and chains around your neck.
Proverbs 1 [10.] My son, if sinners entice you, don’t consent.
If they say, “Come with us,
Let’s lay in wait for blood;
let’s lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
let’s swallow them up alive like Sheol,[b]
and whole, like those who go down into the pit.
We’ll find all valuable wealth.
We’ll fill our houses with plunder.
You shall cast your lot among us.
We’ll all have one purse.”
Proverbs 1 [15.] My son, don’t walk on the path with them.
Keep your foot from their path,
for their feet run to evil.
They hurry to shed blood.
For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
but these lay wait for their own blood.
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain.
It takes away the life of its owners.
Proverbs 1 [20.] Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
She utters her voice in the public squares.
She calls at the head of noisy places.
a. Proverbs 1:7 “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.
b. Proverbs 1:12 Sheol is the place of the dead.