King James VersionProverbs1


1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Is­rael;
2 To know wis­dom and in­struc­tion; to per­ceive the words of un­der­stand­ing;
3 To re­ceive the in­struc­tion of wis­dom, jus­tice, and judg­ment, and eq­ui­ty;
4 To give sub­tilty to the sim­ple, to the young man knowl­edge and dis­cre­tion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will in­crease learn­ing; and a man of un­der­stand­ing shall at­tain unto wise coun­sels:
6 To un­der­stand a proverb, and the in­ter­pre­ta­tion; the words of the wise, and their dark say­ings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the be­gin­ning of knowl­edge: but fools de­spise wis­dom and in­struc­tion.
8 My son, hear the in­struc­tion of thy fa­ther, and for­sake not the law of thy moth­er:
9 For they shall be an or­na­ment of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sin­ners en­tice thee, con­sent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk priv­i­ly for the in­no­cent with­out cause:
12 Let us swal­low them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all pre­cious sub­stance, we shall fill our hous­es with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; re­frain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Sure­ly in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk priv­i­ly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of ev­ery one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the own­ers there­of.
20 Wis­dom cri­eth with­out; she ut­tereth her voice in the streets:
21 She cri­eth in the chief place of con­course, in the open­ings of the gates: in the city she ut­tereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye sim­ple ones, will ye love sim­plic­i­ty? and the scorners de­light in their scorn­ing, and fools hate knowl­edge?
23 Turn you at my re­proof: be­hold, I will pour out my spir­it unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Be­cause I have called, and ye re­fused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man re­gard­ed;
25 But ye have set at nought all my coun­sel, and would none of my re­proof:
26 I also will laugh at your calami­ty; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as des­o­la­tion, and your de­struc­tion cometh as a whirl­wind; when dis­tress and an­guish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not an­swer; they shall seek me ear­ly, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hat­ed knowl­edge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my coun­sel: they de­spised all my re­proof.
31 There­fore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own de­vices.
32 For the turn­ing away of the sim­ple shall slay them, and the pros­per­i­ty of fools shall de­stroy them.
33 But whoso hear­keneth unto me shall dwell safe­ly, and shall be qui­et from fear of evil.