Proverbs 1-3 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
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 subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel
6 to understand a proverb and the interpretation, the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools 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 an ornament 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 lie in wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
12 let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down to the pit;
13 we shall find much precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 cast in thy lot among us, let us all have one purse”
15 my son, walk not thou in the way with them; restrain thy foot from their path;
16 for their feet run to evil and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird!
18 And they lie in wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy for gain, which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets.
21 She crieth in the chief places of concourse, in the openings of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love to be simple, and the scorners delight in their 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 heeded,
25 but ye have set at nought all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh,
27 when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall 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 they despised all my reproof:
31 therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own ways, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them;
33 but whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall have quiet from fear of evil.”
2 My son, if thou wilt receive my words and hide my commandments within thee,
2 so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hidden treasure,
5 then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous; He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgment and equity, yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul,
11 discretion shall preserve thee, and understanding shall keep thee,
12 to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from men that speaketh froward things,
13 who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice to do evil and delight in the frowardness of the wicked,
15 whose ways are crooked and who are froward in their paths.
16 Wisdom will deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger, who flattereth with her words,
17 who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God;
18 for her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 Thus thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it;
22 but the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
3 My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments;
2 for length of days and long life and peace shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thine heart.
4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding;
6 in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy flesh and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honor the Lord with thy substance and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of His correction;
12 for whom the Lord loveth, He correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding;
14 for the merchandising of it is better than the merchandising of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, and 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 them that lay hold upon her, and happy is everyone that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens;
20 by His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not these depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 so shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace around thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble;
24 when thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh;
26 for the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being snared.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbor, “Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give,” when thou hast it with thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely beside thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause if he has done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;
32 for the froward is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely He scorneth the scorners, but He giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools.