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The Beginning of Knowledge

11aThe proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

10:1; 25:1; 1 Kgs. 4:32; Eccles. 12:9

2To know wisdom and instruction,

  to understand words of insight,

3to receive instruction in wise dealing,

  in brighteousness, justice, and equity;


4to give prudence to cthe simple,

  knowledge and ddiscretion to the youth

2:11; 3:21

8:5; 14:15, 18

5Let the wise hear and eincrease in learning,

  and the one who understands obtain guidance,


6to understand a proverb and a saying,

  fthe words of the wise and their griddles.

Judg. 14:12; Ps. 78:2


7hThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

  fools despise wisdom and instruction.

9:10; [15:33]; See Job 28:28

The Enticement of Sinners

8iHear, my son, your father's instruction,

  and forsake not your mother's teaching,

6:20; [Ps. 34:11; Eph. 6:1]

9for they are ja graceful garland for your head

  and kpendants for your neck.

[Gen. 41:42; Dan. 5:29]

4:9; [3:22]

10My son, if sinners lentice you,

  do not consent.


11If they say, “Come with us, mlet us lie in wait for blood;

  nlet us ambush the innocent without reason;

18; Ps. 10:8; 64:5

18; 12:6; Jer. 5:26

12like Sheol let us oswallow them alive,

  and whole, like pthose who go down to the pit;

Ps. 28:1

Ps. 124:3; [Num. 16:32]

13we shall find all precious goods,

  we shall fill our houses with plunder;

14throw in your lot among us;

  we will all have one purse”

15my son, qdo not walk in the way with them;

  rhold back your foot from their paths,

[Ps. 119:101]

4:14; 24:1; Ps. 1:1

16for stheir feet run to evil,

  and they make haste to shed blood.

6:18; Isa. 59:7; [Rom. 3:15]

17tFor in vain is a net spread

  in the sight of any bird,

[Job 40:24]

18but these men ulie in wait for their own blood;

  they uset an ambush for their own lives.


19vSuch are the ways of everyone who is wgreedy for unjust gain;

  xit takes away the life of its possessors.

[1 Tim. 6:10]


[Job 8:13]

The Call of Wisdom

20yWisdom cries aloud in the street,

  in the markets she raises her voice;

8:1; 9:3; [John 7:37]

21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

  at zthe entrance of the city gates she speaks:


22“How long, O asimple ones, will you love being simple?

How long will bscoffers delight in their scoffing

  and fools chate knowledge?

29; 5:12; [Job 21:14]

See Ps. 1:1

See 4

23If you turn at my reproof,1

behold, I will dpour out my spirit to you;

  I will make my words known to you.

Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17

Or Will you turn away at my reproof?

24eBecause I have called and fyou refused to listen,

  have gstretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

Rom. 10:21

Zech. 7:11

Isa. 65:12; 66:4; Jer. 7:13

25because you have hignored all my counsel

  and iwould have none of my reproof,

[Ps. 81:11; Luke 7:30]

See Ps. 107:11

26I also jwill laugh at your calamity;

  I will mock when kterror strikes you,

10:24; Jer. 48:43; 49:5

See Ps. 2:4

27when terror strikes you like la storm

  and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

  when distress and anguish come upon you.

[Zeph. 1:15]

28mThen they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

  they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

See 1 Sam. 8:18; Job 27:9

29Because they chated knowledge

  and ndid not choose the fear of the Lord,

[Job 21:14]

[See 22 above]

30hwould have none of my counsel

  and idespised all my reproof,

[See 25 above]

[See 25 above]

31therefore they shall eat othe fruit of their way,

  and have ptheir fill of their own devices.

14:14; Isa. 3:11; [Job 4:8]

Jer. 6:19

32For the simple are killed by qtheir turning away,

  and rthe complacency of fools destroys them;

[Ps. 73:18]

Jer. 2:19

33but swhoever listens to me will dwell secure

  and will be tat ease, without dread of disaster.”

Ps. 112:7

[Ps. 25:12]