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Proverbs 1

1:1 The Prouerbes of Solomon the sonne of Dauid, King of Israel, 1:2 To knowe wisedome and instruction, to perceiue the words of vnderstanding, 1:3 To receiue the instruction of wisdome, iustice, and iudgement & equitie, 1:4 To giue subtiltie to the simple, to the yong man knowledge and discretion. 1:5 A wise man wil heare, and wil increase learning: and a man of vnderstanding shall attaine vnto wise counsels: 1:6 To vnderstand a prouerbe, and the interpretation; the wordes of the wise, and their darke sayings. 1:7 The feare of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fooles despise wisedome and instruction. 1:8 My sonne, heare the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace vnto thy head, and chaines about thy necke. 1:10 My sonne, if sinners entise thee, consent thou not. 1:11 If they say, Come with vs, let vs lay wait for blood, let vs lurke priuily for the innocent without cause: 1:12 Let vs swallow them vp aliue, as the graue, and whole, as those that goe downe into the pit: 1:13 Wee shall finde all precious substance, wee shall fill our houses with spoile: 1:14 Cast in thy lot among vs, let vs all haue one purse: 1:15 My sonne, walke not thou in the way with them; refraine thy foot from their path: 1:16 For their feete runne to euil, and make haste to shed blood. 1:17 Surely in vaine the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 1:18 And they lay wait for their owne blood, they lurke priuily for their owne liues. 1:19 So are the waies of euery one that is greedie of gaine: which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 1:20 Wisedome crieth without, she vttereth her voice in the streets: 1:21 Shee crieth in the chiefe place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she vttereth her words, saying, 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye loue simplicitie And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fooles hate knowledge 1:23 Turne you at my reproofe: behold, I will powre out my spirit vnto you, I will make knowen my wordes vnto you. 1:24 Because I haue called, and yee refused, I haue stretched out my hand, and no man regarded: 1:25 But ye haue set at nought all my counsell, & would none of my reproofe: 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamitie, I wil mocke when your feare commeth. 1:27 When your feare commeth as desolation, and your destruction commeth as a whirlewinde; when distresse and anguish commeth vpon you: 1:28 Then shall they call vpon mee, but I will not answere; they shall seeke me early, but they shall not finde me: 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the feare of the Lord. 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproofe. 1:31 Therefore shall they eate of the fruite of their owne way, and be filled with their owne deuices. 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fooles shall destroy them. 1:33 But who so hearkneth vnto mee, shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from feare of euill.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain