Proverbs 1

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The a proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To 1 perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the b simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion -
5 c A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will 2 attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their d riddles.

7 e The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

8 f My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a g graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
h Do not consent.
11 If they say, "Come with us,
Let us i lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like 3 Sheol,
And whole, j like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious 4 possessions,
We shall fill our houses with 5 spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse" -
15 My son, k do not walk in the way with them,
l Keep your foot from their path;
16 m For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in 6 vain the net is spread
In the sight of any 7 bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 n So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

The Call of Wisdom

20 o Wisdom calls aloud 8 outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the 9 chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 "How long, you 10 simple ones, will you love 11 simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely p I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 q Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you r disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 s I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When t your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 "Then u they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they v hated knowledge
And did not w choose the fear of the LORD,
30 x They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore y they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the 12 turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell z safely,
And a will be 13 secure, without fear of evil."

  1. Cross References
    1 Kings 4:32
    He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
    Proverbs 10:1
    The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
    Proverbs 25:1
    These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
    Ecclesiastes 12:9
    And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 9:4
    Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 9:9
    Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 12:8
    I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?
    Psalms 78:2
    I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old.
    Daniel 8:23
    And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.
  5. Cross References
    Job 28:28
    And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.'
    Psalms 111:10
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
    Proverbs 9:10
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
    Proverbs 15:33
    The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13
    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:1
    Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:22
    So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 39:7 - 10
    And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me.
    Deuteronomy 13:8
    You shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him.
    Psalms 50:18
    When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.
    Ephesians 5:11
    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 12:6
    The words of the wicked are, "Lie in wait for blood," But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
    Jeremiah 5:26
    For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 28:1
    To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 1:1
    Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
    Proverbs 4:14
    Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 119:101
    I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
  13. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:17
    A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood.
    Proverbs 6:18
    A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil.
    Isaiah 59:7
    Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
    Romans 3:15
    Their feet are swift to shed blood.
  14. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:27
    He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.
    1 Timothy 6:10
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:1
    Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
    Proverbs 9:3
    She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city.
    John 7:37
    On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 32:15
    Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
    Joel 2:28
    And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
    John 7:39
    But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:12
    Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.
    Isaiah 66:4
    So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.
    Jeremiah 7:13
    And now, because you have done all these works," says the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer.
    Zechariah 7:11
    But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 107:11
    Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High.
    Luke 7:30
    But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 2:4
    He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:24
    The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
    Proverbs 10:25
    When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
  21. Cross References
    1 Samuel 8:18
    "And you will cry out in that day because of yo...
    Job 27:9
    Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
    Job 35:12
    There they cry out, but He does not answer, Bec...
    Psalms 18:41
    They cried out, but there was none to save; Eve...
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide My ...
    Jeremiah 11:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will s...
    Jeremiah 14:12
    "When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and...
    Ezekiel 8:18
    "Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will...
    Micah 3:4
    Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not...
    Zechariah 7:13
    Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaim...
    James 4:3
    You ask and do not receive, because you ask ami...
  22. Cross References
    Job 21:14
    Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
    Proverbs 1:22
    How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 119:173
    Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 81:11
    But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me.
    Proverbs 1:25
    Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke.
  25. Cross References
    Job 4:8
    Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity An...
    Proverbs 5:22
    His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And h...
    Proverbs 5:23
    He shall die for lack of instruction, And in th...
    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the ...
    Isaiah 3:11
    Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, Fo...
    Jeremiah 6:19
    Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring c...
  26. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:24 - 26
    When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 112:7
    He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
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