Proverbs

Proverbs 1 ©

1The use of the proverbs. 7An exhortation to fear God, and regard the advice of parents: 10and to avoid the enticings of sinners. 20Wisdom complaineth of the contempt of scorners: 24she threateneth them.

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THE aproverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

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To bknow wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

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To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and 1equity;

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To cgive d*subtilty to the esimple, to the young man knowledge and 2discretion.

d ch. 8.5,12.
e Ps. 116.6. ch. 7.7.
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A fwise man will hear, and will increase learning; and ga man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

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To hunderstand a proverb, and 3the interpretation; the iwords of the wise, and their dark sayings.

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¶The jfear of the LORD is 4the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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My kson, lhear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

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For mthey shall be an 5ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

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¶My son, nif sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

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If they say, oCome with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk *privily for the innocent without cause:

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pLet us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, qas those that go down into the pit:

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We rshall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

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Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

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My son, swalk not thou in the way with them; trefrain thy foot from their path:

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For utheir feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

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vSurely in vain the net is spread 6in the sight of any bird.

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And wthey lay wait for their own blood; they lurk *privily for their own lives.

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So are the ways of every one xthat is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

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7Wisdom crieth *without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

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She crieth in the chief place of *concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

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yHow long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools zhate knowledge?

z v.29. ch. 5.12.
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aTurn you at my reproof: behold, I bwill pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

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cBecause I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

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But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

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I dalso will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

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eWhen your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

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fThen shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

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For gthat they hated knowledge, and did not hchoose the fear of the LORD:

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They iwould none of my counsel: jthey despised all my reproof.

j ch. 6.23.
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kTherefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

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For lthe 8turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

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But mwhoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.