The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 1:8–19

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Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;

Listen, my son, to the discipline of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother,

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For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

For thou shalt receive for thine head a crown of graces, and a chain of gold round thy neck.

so that grace may be added to your head and a collar to your neck.

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10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

10  My son, let not ungodly men lead thee astray, neither consent thou to them.

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11  If they say: 'Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us lurk for the innocent without cause;

11  If they should exhort thee, saying, Come with us, partake in blood, and let us unjustly hide the just man in the earth

11  If they should say: “Come with us. We will lie in wait for blood. We will lay traps against the innocent, without cause.

12  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down into the pit;

12  and let us swallow him alive, as Hades would, and remove the memorial of him from the earth

12  Let us swallow him alive, like Hell, and whole, like one descending into the pit.

13  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil;

13  let us seize on his valuable property, and let us fill our houses with spoils

13  We will discover every precious substance. We will fill our houses with spoils.

14  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse'--

14  but do thou cast in thy lot with us, and let us all provide a common purse, and let us have one pouch

14  Cast your lot with us. One purse will be for us all.”

15  My son, walk not thou in the way with them, restrain thy foot from their path;

15  go not in the way with them, but turn aside thy foot from their paths

15  My son, do not walk with them. Preclude your feet from their paths.

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16  For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

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17  For in vain the net is spread in the eyes of any bird;

17  for nets are not without cause spread for birds.

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18  And these lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk for their own lives.

18  For they that are concerned in murder store up evils for themselves; and the overthrow of transgressors is evil.

18  Likewise, they lie in ambush against their own blood, and they undertake deceits against their own souls.

19  So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

19  These are the ways of all that perform lawless deeds; for by ungodliness they destroy their own life.

19  Thus, the ways of all those who are greedy seize the souls of those who possess.