1 The Parables of Solomon the son of David King of Israel,
2 To know wisdom, and instruction, to understand ye words of knowledge,
3 To receive instruction to do wisely, by justice and judgment and equity,
4 To give unto the simple, sharpness of wit, and to the child knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man shall hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels,
6 To understand a parable, and the interpretation, the words of ye wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear thy father’s instruction, and forsake not thy mother’s teaching.
9 For they shall be a comely ornament unto thine head, and as chains for thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners do entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, we will lay wait for blood, and lie privily for the innocent without a cause:
12 We will swallow them up alive like a grave even whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious riches, and fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us: we will all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them: refrain thy foot from their path.
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Certainly as without cause the net is spread before the eyes of all that hath wing:
18 So they lay wait for blood and lie privily for their lives.
19 Such are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain: he would take away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without: she uttereth her voice in the streets.
21 She calleth in the high street, among the prease in the enterings of the gates, and uttereth her words in the city, saying,
22 O ye foolish, how long will ye love foolishness? and the scornful take their pleasure in scorning, and the fools hate knowledge?
23 (Turn you at my correction: lo, I will pour out my mind unto you, and make you understand my words)
24 Because I have called, and ye refused: I have stretched out mine hand, and none would regard.
25 But ye have despised all my counsel, and would none of my correction.
26 I will also laugh at your destruction, and mock, when your fear cometh.
27 When your fear cometh like sudden desolation, and your destruction shall come like a whirlwind: when affliction and anguish shall come 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 choose the fear of the Lord.
30 They would none of my counsel, but despised all my correction.
31 Therefore shall they eat of ye fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For ease slayeth the foolish, and the prosperity of fools destroyeth them.
33 But he that obeyeth me, shall dwell safely, and be quiet from fear of evil.