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The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

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To learn wisdom and moral instruction, and to discern wise counsel.

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(Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!)

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Fearing the LORD is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother.

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For they will be like an elegant garland on your head, and like pendants around your neck.

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My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent!

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If they say, "Come with us! We will lie in wait to shed blood; we will ambush an innocent person capriciously.

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We will swallow them alive like Sheol, those full of vigor like those going down to the Pit.

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We will seize all kinds of precious wealth; we will fill our houses with plunder.

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Join with us! We will all share equally in what we steal."

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My child, do not go down their way, withhold yourself from their path;

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for they are eager to inflict harm, and they hasten to shed blood.

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Surely it is futile to spread a net in plain sight of any bird,

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but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they ambush their own lives!

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Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it!

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Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas;

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at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words:

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"How long will you simpletons love naiveté? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

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Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me.

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Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel.

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For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.

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But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm.
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