Proverbs 1-3 New American Standard Bible

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The Value of Proverbs

1 1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David , king of Israel : 2  To know wisdom and instruction , To discern the sayings of understanding , 3  To receive instruction in wise behavior , Righteousness , justice and equity ; 4  To give prudence to the [1]naive , To the youth knowledge and discretion , 5  A wise man will hear and increase in learning , And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel , 6  To understand a proverb and a figure , The words of the wise and their riddles .

7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge ; Fools despise wisdom and instruction .

Wisdom's Warning

8  Hear , my son , your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching ; 9  Indeed , they are a graceful wreath to your head And [2] ornaments about your neck .

10  My son , if sinners entice you, Do not consent . 11  If they say , "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood , Let us ambush the innocent without cause ; 12  Let us swallow them alive like Sheol , Even whole , as those who go down to the pit ; 13  We will find all kinds of precious wealth , We will fill our houses with spoil ; 14  Throw in your lot [3]with us, We shall all have one purse ," 15  My son , do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path , 16  For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood . 17  Indeed , it is [4]useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any [5]bird e ; 18  But they lie in wait for their own blood ; They ambush their own lives . 19  So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence ; It takes away the life of its possessors .

20  Wisdom shouts in the street , She [6]lifts her voice in the square ; 21  At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings : 22  "How long e , O [7] naive ones , will you love [8]being simple-minded ? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge ? 23  "Turn to my reproof , Behold , I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24  "Because I called and you refused , I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention ; 25  And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof ; 26  I will also laugh at your calamity ; I will mock when your dread comes , 27  When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind , When distress and anguish come upon you. 28  "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer ; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, 29  Because e they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord . 30  "They would not accept my counsel , They spurned all my reproof . 31  "So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices . 32  "For the waywardness of the [9]naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33  "But he who listens to me shall [10]live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil ."

The Reward of Seeking Wisdom

2 1  My son , if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, 2  Make your ear attentive to wisdom , Incline your heart to understanding ; 3  For if you cry for discernment , Lift your voice for understanding ; 4  If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures ; 5  Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God . 6  For the Lord gives wisdom ; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding . 7  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright ; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity , 8  Guarding the paths of justice , And He preserves the way of His godly ones . 9  Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course .

10  For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul ; 11  Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, 12  To deliver you from the way of evil , From the man who speaks perverse things ; 13  From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness ; 14  Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil ; 15  Whose paths are crooked , And who are devious in their ways ; 16  To deliver you from the strange woman , From the adulteress who flatters with her words ; 17  That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God ; 18  For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead ; 19  None e who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life . 20  So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous . 21  For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it; 22  But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.

Exhortations to Obedience

3 1  My son , do not forget my teaching , But let your heart keep my commandments ; 2  For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. 3  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck , Write them on the tablet of your heart . 4  So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man . 5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding . 6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight .

7  Do not be wise in your own eyes ; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil . 8  It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones . 9  Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce ; 10  So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine . 11  My son , do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof , 12  For whom the Lord loves He reproves , Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights .

13  How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding . 14  For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold . 15  She is more precious than jewels ; And nothing e you desire compares with her. 16  Long life is in her right hand ; In her left hand are riches and honor . 17  Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace . 18  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast . 19  The Lord by wisdom founded the earth , By understanding He established the heavens . 20  By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew .

21  My son , let them not vanish from your sight ; Keep sound wisdom and discretion , 22  So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck . 23  Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble . 24  When you lie down , you will not be afraid ; When you lie down , your sleep will be sweet . 25  Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes ; 26  For the Lord will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught .

27  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due , When it is in your power to do it. 28  Do not say to your neighbor , "Go , and come back , And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 29  Do not devise harm against your neighbor , While he lives securely beside you. 30  Do not contend with a man without cause , If he has done you no harm . 31  Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways . 32  For the devious are an abomination to the Lord ; But He is intimate with the upright . 33  The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked , But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous . 34  Though He scoffs at the scoffers , Yet He gives grace to the afflicted . 35  The wise will inherit honor , But fools display dishonor .

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[1] 1:4 Lit "simple ones"

[2] 1:9 Lit "necklaces"

[3] 1:14 Lit "in the midst of us"

[4] 1:17 Lit "in vain"

[5] 1:17 Lit "possessor of wing"

[6] 1:20 Lit "gives"

[7] 1:22 Lit "simple ones"

[8] 1:22 Or "naivete"

[9] 1:32 Lit "simple ones"

[10] 1:33 Lit "dwell"

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