Proverbs 1 [Clear Word]


1 The sayings of Solomon, son of David, king over Israel. 2 These proverbs will give you wisdom, understanding and insight into the meaning of things. 3 They will help you live intelligently, do what is right and be honest and fair with everyone. 4 They will teach intelligence to the simple-minded, knowledge and judgment to the young. 5 They will help the wise and add to their wisdom; they will guide the educated and increase their learning. 6 These proverbs will open up life's meanings and answer questions wise men often ask. 7 Reverence for the Lord is the foundation of knowledge. People are fools who refuse to listen to Him. 8 My son, listen to the instructions of your father and don't go against what your mother has taught you. 9 What God-fearing parents say will make you an honorable person and will be like a laurel of victory on your head or a golden chain around your neck. 10 My son, when you're young and sinners entice you to go along with them, don't do it. 11 If they say, "Come on, let's have fun and rob some innocent people. If we have to, we'll beat them up too. 12 Join us--if we stick together we can take on anyone; if he fights back, we'll kill him if necessary. Then we'll dig a pit and throw him in, and no one will know what happened. 13 We won't have to do this very long before our houses will be full of treasures and we'll be rich. 14 So, come join us. We'll split what we get, and you'll have a share with the rest of us." 15 My son, don't go along with them. Don't get involved in that sort of thing. 16 What they're doing is wrong. They act as if they're going on a picnic and are determined to get what they want, even if it means killing someone in the process. 17 You know that it's useless to try to catch a bird with a net when it's sitting there watching you. 18 That's the way it is when you try to catch happiness. These young men are robbing themselves of happiness. They'll end up either fighting among themselves or being caught and executed. 19 That's what happens to anyone who is greedy, who is willing to kill to get rich. 20 True wisdom is like a beautiful, intelligent woman who operates a booth in the market. She graciously invites all passersby to come in and see her riches. 21 She posts announcements on the city gates and puts them up on every street corner in town. 22 She says, "You foolish people, how much longer do you want to go on in ignorance? How much longer will you scoff at wisdom? 23 Listen to me. I'll open my heart and share insights with you. 24 I called, but you refused to come. I reached out my hand, but you turned away. 25 You ignored my advice and refused to be corrected. 26 So when you get into trouble, I will laugh at what you have done, and when you are frightened, I will purposely mock you. Then perhaps you'll turn and listen to me. 27 The only time you call on me is when calamity strikes or disaster hits or you're overwhelmed with troubles. 28When that happens and you call, I will not answer. You'll look for me, but you won't be able to find me. 29 You hated wisdom from above and did not make respect and reverence for God first in your life. 30 You refused to listen to me and paid no attention when I tried to correct you. 31 You will have to eat the fruits of your own doing and suffer the consequences of your own mistakes. 32 People get into trouble because they're too foolish to listen and prefer the wisdom from below to the wisdom from above. 33 But whoever listens to me will be safe. He will be at peace with himself and will have no reason to fear."