The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 1:20–33

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20  Wisdom crieth aloud in the streets, she uttereth her voice in the broad places;

20  Wisdom sings aloud in passages, and in the broad places speaks boldly.

20  Wisdom forewarns far and wide; she bestows her voice in the streets.

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21  She calleth at the head of the noisy streets, at the entrances of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words

21  And she makes proclamation on the top of the walls, and sits by the gates of princes; and at the gates of the city boldly says,

21  She preaches in the chief places of the concourse; in the openings of the gates of the city, she utters her words, saying,

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22  'How long, ye thoughtless, will ye love thoughtlessness? And how long will scorners delight them in scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

22  So long as the simple cleave to justice, they shall not be ashamed: but the foolish being lovers of haughtiness, having become ungodly have hated knowledge, and are become subject to reproofs.

22  “Little ones, how long will you choose to be childish, and how long will the foolish desire what is harmful to themselves, and how long will the imprudent hate knowledge?

23  Turn you at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

23  Behold, I will bring forth to you the utterance of my breath, and I will instruct you in my speech.

23  Be converted by my correction. Lo, I will offer my spirit to you, and I will reveal my words to you.

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24  Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man attended,

24  Since I called, and ye did not hearken; and I spoke at length, and ye gave no heed;

24  For I called, and you refused. I extended my hand, and there was no one who watched.

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25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof;

25  You have despised all my counsels, and you have neglected my rebukes.

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26  I also, in your calamity, will laugh, I will mock when your dread cometh;

26  therefore I also will laugh at your destruction; and I will rejoice against you when ruin comes upon you

26  Similarly, I will ridicule you at your demise, and I will mock you, when that which you feared shall overcome you.

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27  When your dread cometh as a storm, and your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; when trouble and distress come upon you.

27  yea when dismay suddenly comes upon you, and your overthrow shall arrive like a tempest; and when tribulation and distress shall come upon you, or when ruin shall come upon you.

28  Then will they call me, but I will not answer, they will seek me earnestly, but they shall not find me.

28  For it shall be that when ye call upon me, I will not hearken to you: wicked men shall seek me, but shall not find me.

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29  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of YHWH;

29  For they hated wisdom, and did not choose the word of the Lord

29  Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the worship of the LORD.

30  They would none of my counsel, they despised all my reproof.

30  neither would they attend to my counsels, but derided my reproofs.

30  They were not pleased with my counsels; they rejected all of my reproof.

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31  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

31  Therefore, they shall eat the fruit of their way, and they shall have their fill of their own counsels.

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32  For the waywardness of the thoughtless shall slay them, and the confidence of fools shall destroy them.

32  For because they wronged the simple, they shall be slain; and an inquisition shall ruin the ungodly.

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33  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, and shall be quiet without fear of evil.'

33  But whoever will listen to me shall rest without terror, and shall have full enjoyment of abundance, without fear of evils.”

33  But he who listens to me shall live in hope, and shall refrain from many evils.