Proverbs 1-9New International Version (NIV)
Purpose and Theme
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
2 My son, if you accept my words
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
Wisdom Bestows Well-Being
3 My son, do not forget my teaching,
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
31 Do not envy the violent
32 For the Lord detests the perverse
Get Wisdom at Any Cost
4 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
Warning Against Adultery
5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
Warnings Against Folly
6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
Warning Against Adultery
20 My son, keep your father’s command
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
Warning Against the Adulterous Woman
7 My son, keep my words
6 At the window of my house
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
8 Does not wisdom call out?
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[q][r]
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
Invitations of Wisdom and Folly
9 Wisdom has built her house;
7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
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