The Enticement of Sinners
8 iHear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
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.
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.”
11 sMy son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as ta father the son in whom he delights.
A Father’s Wise Instruction
4 fHear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 lDo not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
mreprove a wise man, and he will love you.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on dthe path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
13 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but qa scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who tignores instruction,
but mwhoever heeds reproof is prudent.
he will not go to the wise.
but he who listens to reproof igains intelligence.
12 Let a man meet ca she-bear robbed of her cubs
drather than a fool in his folly.
12 Like za gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to aa listening ear.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.1
23 Whoever prebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than qhe who flatters with his tongue.