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, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, 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 counsels:
6 To vnderstand a parable, & the interpretation, the wordes of ye wise, and their darke sayings.
7 The feare of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fooles despise wisedome and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shalbe a comely ornament vnto thine head, and as chaines for thy necke.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay 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 into the pit:
13 We shall finde all precious riches, and fill our houses with spoyle:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feete runne to euill, & make haste to shed blood.
17 Certainely as without cause the net is spred before the eyes of all that hath wing:
18 And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives.
19 So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She calleth in the hye streete, among the prease in the entrings of the gates, and vttereth her wordes in the citie, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 (Turne you at my correction: loe, I will powre out my mind vnto you, and make you vnderstand my wordes)
24 Because I haue called, & ye refused: I haue stretched out mine hand, & none woulde regarde.
25 But ye haue despised all my counsell, and would none of my correction.
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 chuse the feare of the Lord.
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, 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 he that obeyeth me, shall dwell safely, and be quiet from feare of euill.