2 To know awisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of bunderstanding,
3 To areceive instruction in wise behavior,
bRighteousness, justice and equity;
To the youth bknowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and aincrease in learning,
And a bman of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
The words of the wise and their ariddles.
7 aThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 aHear, my son, your father’s instruction
And bdo not forsake your mother’s teaching;
9 Indeed, they are a agraceful wreath to your head
10 My son, if sinners aentice you,
bDo not consent.
Let us alie in wait for blood,
Let us bambush the innocent without cause;
12 Let us aswallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who bgo down to the pit;
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 Throw in your lot 1with us,
We shall all have one purse,”
15 My son, ado not walk in the way with them.
bKeep your feet from their path,
16 For atheir feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
17 Indeed, it is 1useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any 2bird;
18 But they alie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who agains by violence;
It takes away the life of its possessors.
20 aWisdom shouts in the street,
She 1lifts her voice in the square;
At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:
And bscoffers delight themselves in scoffing
And fools chate knowledge?
Behold, I will apour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
I cstretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25 And you aneglected all my counsel
And did not bwant my reproof;
I will mock when your cdread comes,
And your calamity comes like a awhirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will acall on me, but I will not answer;
They will bseek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they ahated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 “They awould not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
31 “So they shall aeat of the fruit of their own way
And be bsatiated with their own devices.
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
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