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Proverbs 1 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:1 - The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:2 - That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:3 - receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:4 - that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:5 - the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:6 - to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:8 - Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:9 - for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for 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 for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:12 - like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:13 - we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:14 - throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse"--
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:15 - my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:16 - for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:17 - For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:18 - but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:19 - Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.

Wisdom Warns

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:20 - Wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:21 - on the top of the walls she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:22 - "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:23 - Give heed to my reproof; behold, I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:24 - Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:25 - and you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:26 - I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:27 - when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:28 - Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but 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 - would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:31 - therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:32 - For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacence of fools destroys them;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 1:33 - but he who listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of evil."

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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