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|Prov. 1:1-9 |
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion - 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.
20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:
22 "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. 23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, 30 They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil."
|Prov. 2:1-12 |
1 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. 10 When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. 19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes - Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. 3 When I was my father's son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you." 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.
22 When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.
1 Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. 3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: 4 "To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. 5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; 7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. 9 They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; 11 For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
12 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. 20 I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. 22 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. 23 I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; 26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world. 27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, 29 When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.
32 "Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD;
1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city, 4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 5 "Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.
7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.
Prov. 10:13-14, 17
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. 14 Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.
Prov. 10:21, 23
21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom. 23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
2 When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.
9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Prov. 13:10, 14
10 By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom. 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, but knowledge is easy to him who understands. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
Prov. 14:15-16, 18
15 The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps. 16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. but the correction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
Prov. 17:16, 18
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it? 18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.
24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. 28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
Prov. 18:1-2, 4
1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart. 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.
Prov. 19:25, 27
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge. 27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
24 A man's steps are of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.
30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the faithless.
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge; 18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, 21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?
4 Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!
12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.
23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Prov. 24:3-5, 7
3 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. 5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 7 Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.
13 My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, and your hope will not be cut off.
30 I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; 31 and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding searches him out
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel - to Ithiel and Ucal: 2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, and do not have the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a virgin.
24 There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; 26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; 27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; 28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings' palaces.