Proverbs 1:20–33; Proverbs 5:1–2; Proverbs 6:20–23; Proverbs 7:1–2; Proverbs 10:31; Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:5; Proverbs 12:26; Proverbs 13:13; Proverbs 15:7; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 20:5; Proverbs 20:18; Proverbs 23:9; Proverbs 27:9

The Call of Wisdom

20  yWisdom cries aloud in the street,

in the markets she raises her voice;

21  at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

at zthe entrance of the city gates she speaks:

22  How long, O asimple ones, will you love being simple?

How long will bscoffers delight in their scoffing

and fools chate knowledge?

23  If you turn at my reproof,1

behold, I will dpour out my spirit to you;

I will make my words known to you.

24  eBecause I have called and fyou refused to listen,

have gstretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

25  because you have hignored all my counsel

and iwould have none of my reproof,

26  I also jwill laugh at your calamity;

I will mock when kterror strikes you,

27  when terror strikes you like la storm

and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

when distress and anguish come upon you.

28  mThen they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

29  Because they chated knowledge

and ndid not choose the fear of the Lord,

30  hwould have none of my counsel

and idespised all my reproof,

31  therefore they shall eat othe fruit of their way,

and have ptheir fill of their own devices.

32  For the simple are killed by qtheir turning away,

and rthe complacency of fools destroys them;

33  but swhoever listens to me will dwell secure

and will be tat ease, without dread of disaster.


Warning Against Adultery

wMy son, be attentive to my wisdom;

xincline your ear to my understanding,

that you may keep ydiscretion,

and your lips may zguard knowledge.


Warnings Against Adultery

20  lMy son, keep your father's commandment,

land forsake not your mother's teaching.

21  mBind them on your heart always;

ntie them around your neck.

22  oWhen you walk, they1 will lead you;

owhen you lie down, they will pwatch over you;

and when you awake, they will talk with you.

23  For the commandment is qa lamp and the teaching a light,

and the rreproofs of discipline are the way of life,


Warning Against the Adulteress

hMy son, keep my words

and htreasure up my commandments with you;

ikeep my commandments and live;

keep my teaching as jthe apple of your eye;


31  xThe mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,

but the perverse tongue will be cut off.


14  Where there is sno guidance, a people falls,

sbut in an abundance of counselors there is safety.


hThe thoughts of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.


26  One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,1

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.


13  Whoever jdespises kthe word1 brings destruction on himself,

but he who reveres the commandment2 will be lrewarded.


nThe lips of the wise spread knowledge;

nnot so the hearts of fools.1


22  nWithout counsel plans fail,

but with many advisers they succeed.


20  Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom in hthe future.


The purpose in a man's heart is like gdeep water,

but a man of understanding will draw it out.


18  bPlans are established by counsel;

by cwise guidance dwage war.


Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

for he will despise the good sense of your words.


gOil and perfume make the heart glad,

and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.1