10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like [a]Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious [b]possessions, We shall fill our houses with [c]spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse”— 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in [d]vain the net is spread In the sight of any [e]bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
The Call of Wisdom
20 Wisdom calls aloud [f]outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the [g]chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22 “How long, you [h]simple ones, will you love [i]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,
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