Old Testament in a year – Day 199

Proverbs 1: 1 - 2: 22

1The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
2to know wisdom and instruction;
to discern the words of understanding;
3to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young man—
5that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;
that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel;
6to understand a proverb and parables,
the words and riddles of the wise.
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
8My son, listen to your father’s instruction,
and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching;
9for they will be a garland to grace your head,
and chains around your neck.
10My son, if sinners entice you,
don’t consent.
11If they say, “Come with us.
Let’s lie in wait for blood.
Let’s lurk secretly for the innocent without cause.
12Let’s swallow them up alive like Sheol,
and whole, like those who go down into the pit.
13We’ll find all valuable wealth.
We’ll fill our houses with plunder.
14You shall cast your lot amongst us.
We’ll all have one purse”—
15my son, don’t walk on the path with them.
Keep your foot from their path,
16for their feet run to evil.
They hurry to shed blood.
17For the net is spread in vain in the sight of any bird;
18but these lay in wait for their own blood.
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain.
It takes away the life of its owners.
20Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
She utters her voice in the public squares.
21She calls at the head of noisy places.
At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
22“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
and fools hate knowledge?
23Turn at my reproof.
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you.
I will make known my words to you.
24Because I have called, and you have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
25but you have ignored all my counsel,
and wanted none of my reproof;
26I also will laugh at your disaster.
I will mock when calamity overtakes you,
27when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come on you.
28Then they will call on me, but I will not answer.
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me,
29because they hated knowledge,
and didn’t choose the fear of the LORD.
30They wanted none of my counsel.
They despised all my reproof.
31Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own schemes.
32For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”
1My son, if you will receive my words,
and store up my commandments within you,
2so as to turn your ear to wisdom,
and apply your heart to understanding;
3yes, if you call out for discernment,
and lift up your voice for understanding;
4if you seek her as silver,
and search for her as for hidden treasures;
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom.
Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
7He lays up sound wisdom for the upright.
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8that he may guard the paths of justice,
and preserve the way of his saints.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
equity and every good path.
10For wisdom will enter into your heart.
Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11Discretion will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you,
12to deliver you from the way of evil,
from the men who speak perverse things,
13who forsake the paths of uprightness,
to walk in the ways of darkness,
14who rejoice to do evil,
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15who are crooked in their ways,
and wayward in their paths,
16to deliver you from the strange woman,
even from the foreigner who flatters with her words,
17who forsakes the friend of her youth,
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18for her house leads down to death,
her paths to the departed spirits.
19None who go to her return again,
neither do they attain to the paths of life.
20Therefore walk in the way of good men,
and keep the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will dwell in the land.
The perfect will remain in it.
22But the wicked will be cut off from the land.
The treacherous will be rooted out of it.
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