1 These are the ·wise words [proverbs] of Solomon son of David, king of Israel.
2 They teach wisdom and ·self-control [discipline; instruction]; they will help you understand ·wise words [insightful sayings]. 3 They will teach you how to be ·wise [insightful] and ·self-controlled [disciplined] and will teach you to do what is ·honest [righteous] and ·fair [just] and ·right [virtuous]. 4 They make the ·uneducated [simpleminded; immature; naive] ·wise [prudent] and give knowledge and ·sense [discretion] to the young. 5 Wise people can also listen and ·learn [add/increase teaching]; even ·they [L those with understanding] can find good ·advice in these words [guidance]. 6 Then ·anyone [L they] can understand ·wise words [proverbs] and ·stories [or difficult sayings], the words of the wise and their ·riddles [difficulties].
7 Knowledge begins with ·respect [fear; awe] for the Lord, but fools ·hate [despise] wisdom and ·discipline [self-control; instruction].
Warnings Against Evil
8 My ·child [L son], listen to your father’s ·teaching [instruction; discipline] and do not ·forget [neglect] your mother’s ·advice [instruction]. 9 [L For] ·Their teaching [L It] will be like ·flowers in your hair [L a gracious garland on your head] or ·a necklace [L beads] around your neck.
10 My ·child [L son], if sinners try to ·lead [seduce; entice] you into sin, do not follow them. 11 They will say, “Come with us. Let’s ambush and kill someone; let’s attack some innocent people just for fun. 12 Let’s swallow them alive, ·as death does [like the grave/L Sheol]; let’s swallow them whole, ·as the grave does [L like those who go down into the pit]. 13 We will ·take [L find] all kinds of ·valuable things [L precious wealth] and fill our houses with ·stolen goods [plunder]. 14 ·Come join us [L Throw in your lot with us], and we will share ·with you stolen goods [L a single bag (of loot)].” 15 My ·child [L son], do not go ·along with them [L on their path]; ·do not do what they do [L keep your foot from their way/path]. 16 ·They are eager to do evil [L For their feet run toward evil] and are quick to ·kill [L shed blood]. 17 It is useless to spread out a net right where the birds can see it. 18 But sinners will ·fall into their own traps [L set up a deadly ambush]; they ·will only catch [L lie in wait for] themselves! 19 All greedy people end up this way; ·greed kills selfish people [L they take their own lives].
20 Wisdom [C the personification of God’s wisdom; 8:1–36; 9:1–6] ·is like a woman shouting [L shouts] in the street; she ·raises her voice [yells out] in the city squares [C the hub for business, government, and social interaction]. 21 She cries out ·in the noisy street [L at the top of the noisy throng] and shouts at the [L entrances of] city gates: 22 “You ·fools [simpletons; immature ones], how long will you be ·foolish [immature]? How long will you make ·fun of wisdom [mocking so dear to you] and hate knowledge? 23 If only you had ·listened [responded] when I corrected you, I would have ·told you what’s in my heart [L poured forth my spirit to you]; I would have ·told you what I am thinking [L revealed my words to you]. 24 I called, but you ·refused to listen [rejected me]; I held out my hand, but you paid no attention. 25 You ·did not follow [ignored] my advice and did not ·listen when I corrected [want me to correct] you. 26 So I will laugh ·when you are in trouble [L at your calamity]. I will ·make fun [ridicule you] when disaster strikes you, 27 when ·disaster [dread] comes over you like a ·storm [tempest], when trouble strikes you like a whirlwind, when ·pain [distress] and ·trouble [oppression] overwhelm you.
28 “Then you will call to me, but I will not answer. You will ·look for [seek] me, but you will not find me. 29 It is because you ·rejected [hated] knowledge and did not choose to ·respect [fear; hold in awe] the Lord. 30 You did not ·accept [want] my advice, and you rejected my correction. 31 So you will ·get what you deserve [L eat from the fruit of your path]; you will ·get what you planned for others [or be satisfied with your own counsel]. 32 ·Fools [The simple/immature] will die because they ·refuse to listen [L turn away]; ·they [L fools] will be destroyed because ·they do not care [of complacency]. 33 But those who ·listen to [obey] me will live in safety ·and be at peace, without fear of injury [untroubled by the dread of harm].”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to remove banner ads and unlock new features!
You've successfully created your account! For the ultimate Bible Gateway experience, consider upgrading Bible Gateway Plus to get the most out of your new account. For just a few dollars each month, a Bible Gateway Plus upgrade gives you:
• A complete digital Bible study library integrated with your Bible Gateway account, with no expensive software to install.
• Access to 40+ study & reference books including the NIV Study Bible, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and the MacArthur Study Bible.
• An ad-free Bible Gateway experience.
• A risk-free, 30-day trial—you can cancel any time.