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Proverbs 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Beginning of Knowledge
The Beginning of Knowledge
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:1 - The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:2 - To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:3 - To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:4 - To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:5 - A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:6 - To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Shun Evil Counsel
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:8 - My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:9 - For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:10 - My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:11 - If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[fn]
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:13 - We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:14 - Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:15 - My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:16 - For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:17 - Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:18 - But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:19 - So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
The Call of Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:20 - Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:21 - She cries out in the chief concourses,[fn]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:23 - Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:24 - Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:25 - Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:26 - I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:27 - When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:28 - “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:29 - Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:30 - They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:31 - Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:32 - For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:33 - But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
NKJV Footnotes
Or the grave
Septuagint, Syriac, and Targum read top of the walls; Vulgate reads the head of multitudes.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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