ERV(i) 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding 3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness and judgment and equity 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion 5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; and that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels 6 To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: [but] the foolish 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 a chaplet 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 Sheol, 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 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; we will 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 they make haste to shed blood 17 For in vain is the net spread, in the eyes of any bird 18 And these 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; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof 20 Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; she uttereth her voice in the broad places 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; at the entering in of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and scorners delight them in 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 in [the day of] your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh 27 When your fear cometh as a storm, and your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me diligently, 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 backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, and shall be quiet without fear of evil