Proverbs 1
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1  The proverbs of Shlomo son of David, king of Yisrael:

א  מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה בֶן־דָּוִד מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

2  For learning wisdom and discipline; For understanding words of discernment;

ב  לָדַעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר לְהָבִין אִמְרֵי בִינָה׃

3  For acquiring the discipline for success, Righteousness, justice, and equity;

ג  לָקַחַת מוּסַר הַשְׂכֵּל צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט וּמֵישָׁרִים׃

4  For endowing the simple with shrewdness, The young with knowledge and foresight.

ד  לָתֵת לִפְתָאיִם עָרְמָה לְנַעַר דַּעַת וּמְזִמָּה׃

5  The wise man, hearing them, will gain more wisdom; The discerning man will learn to be adroit;

ה  יִשְׁמַע חָכָם וְיוֹסֶף לֶקַח וְנָבוֹן תַּחְבֻּלוֹת יִקְנֶה׃

6  For understanding proverb and epigram, The words of the wise and their riddles.

ו  לְהָבִין מָשָׁל וּמְלִיצָה דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים וְחִידֹתָם׃

7  The fear of Hashem is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and discipline.

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ז  יִרְאַת יְהוָה רֵאשִׁית דָּעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר אֱוִילִים בָּזוּ׃

1:7   The fear of Hashem is the beginning of knowledge

Sefer Mishlei contains the collected wisdom of Shlomo, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. This verse sets the tone for the entire book of Mishlei. Once King Solomon has set out his purpose – to impart wisdom – in writing, he begins by identifying fear of Hashem as the root of that wisdom. Without awe of God, knowledge is empty and can be twisted for any number of negative purposes.4 comments

8  My son, heed the discipline of your father, And do not forsake the instruction of your mother;

ח  שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ וְאַל־תִּטֹּשׁ תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ׃

9  For they are a graceful wreath upon your head, A necklace about your throat.

ט  כִּי לִוְיַת חֵן הֵם לְרֹאשֶׁךָ וַעֲנָקִים לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶיךָ׃

10  My son, if sinners entice you, do not yield;

י  בְּנִי אִם־יְפַתּוּךָ חַטָּאִים אַל־תֹּבֵא׃

11  If they say, “Come with us, Let us set an ambush to shed blood, Let us lie in wait for the innocent (Without cause!)

יא  אִם־יֹאמְרוּ לְכָה אִתָּנוּ נֶאֶרְבָה לְדָם נִצְפְּנָה לְנָקִי חִנָּם׃

12  Like Sheol, let us swallow them alive; Whole, like those who go down into the Pit.

יב  נִבְלָעֵם כִּשְׁאוֹל חַיִּים וּתְמִימִים כְּיוֹרְדֵי בוֹר׃

13  We shall obtain every precious treasure; We shall fill our homes with loot.

יג  כָּל־הוֹן יָקָר נִמְצָא נְמַלֵּא בָתֵּינוּ שָׁלָל׃

14  Throw in your lot with us; We shall all have a common purse.”

יד  גּוֹרָלְךָ תַּפִּיל בְּתוֹכֵנוּ כִּיס אֶחָד יִהְיֶה לְכֻלָּנוּ׃

15  My son, do not set out with them; Keep your feet from their path.

טו  בְּנִי אַל־תֵּלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ אִתָּם מְנַע רַגְלְךָ מִנְּתִיבָתָם׃

16  For their feet run to evil; They hurry to shed blood.

טז  כִּי רַגְלֵיהֶם לָרַע יָרוּצוּ וִימַהֲרוּ לִשְׁפָּךְ־דָּם׃

17  In the eyes of every winged creature The outspread net means nothing.

יז  כִּי־חִנָּם מְזֹרָה הָרָשֶׁת בְּעֵינֵי כָל־בַּעַל כָּנָף׃

18  But they lie in ambush for their own blood; They lie in wait for their own lives.

יח  וְהֵם לְדָמָם יֶאֱרֹבוּ יִצְפְּנוּ לְנַפְשֹׁתָם׃

19  Such is the fate of all who pursue unjust gain; It takes the life of its possessor.

יט  כֵּן אָרְחוֹת כָּל־בֹּצֵעַ בָּצַע אֶת־נֶפֶשׁ בְּעָלָיו יִקָּח׃

20  Wisdom cries aloud in the streets, Raises her voice in the squares.

כ  חָכְמוֹת בַּחוּץ תָּרֹנָּה בָּרְחֹבוֹת תִּתֵּן קוֹלָהּ׃

21  At the head of the busy streets she calls; At the entrance of the gates, in the city, she speaks out:

כא  בְּרֹאשׁ הֹמִיּוֹת תִּקְרָא בְּפִתְחֵי שְׁעָרִים בָּעִיר אֲמָרֶיהָ תֹאמֵר׃

22  “How long will you simple ones love simplicity, You scoffers be eager to scoff, You dullards hate knowledge?

כב  עַד־מָתַי פְּתָיִם תְּאֵהֲבוּ פֶתִי וְלֵצִים לָצוֹן חָמְדוּ לָהֶם וּכְסִילִים יִשְׂנְאוּ־דָעַת׃

23  You are indifferent to my rebuke; I will now speak my mind to you, And let you know my thoughts.

כג  תָּשׁוּבוּ לְתוֹכַחְתִּי הִנֵּה אַבִּיעָה לָכֶם רוּחִי אוֹדִיעָה דְבָרַי אֶתְכֶם׃

24  Since you refused me when I called, And paid no heed when I extended my hand,

כד  יַעַן קָרָאתִי וַתְּמָאֵנוּ נָטִיתִי יָדִי וְאֵין מַקְשִׁיב׃

25  You spurned all my advice, And would not hear my rebuke,

כה  וַתִּפְרְעוּ כָל־עֲצָתִי וְתוֹכַחְתִּי לֹא אֲבִיתֶם׃

26  I will laugh at your calamity, And mock when terror comes upon you,

כו  גַּם־אֲנִי בְּאֵידְכֶם אֶשְׂחָק אֶלְעַג בְּבֹא פַחְדְּכֶם׃

27  When terror comes like a disaster, And calamity arrives like a whirlwind, When trouble and distress come upon you.

כז  בְּבֹא כשאוה [כְשׁוֹאָה ] פַּחְדְּכֶם וְאֵידְכֶם כְּסוּפָה יֶאֱתֶה בְּבֹא עֲלֵיכֶם צָרָה וְצוּקָה׃

28  Then they shall call me but I will not answer; They shall seek me but not find me.

כח  אָז יִקְרָאֻנְנִי וְלֹא אֶעֱנֶה יְשַׁחֲרֻנְנִי וְלֹא יִמְצָאֻנְנִי׃

29  Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose fear of Hashem;

כט  תַּחַת כִּי־שָׂנְאוּ דָעַת וְיִרְאַת יְהֹוָה לֹא בָחָרוּ׃

30  They refused my advice, And disdained all my rebukes,

ל  לֹא־אָבוּ לַעֲצָתִי נָאֲצוּ כָּל־תּוֹכַחְתִּי׃

31  They shall eat the fruit of their ways, And have their fill of their own counsels.

לא  וְיֹאכְלוּ מִפְּרִי דַרְכָּם וּמִמֹּעֲצֹתֵיהֶם יִשְׂבָּעוּ׃

32  The tranquillity of the simple will kill them, And the complacency of dullards will destroy them.

לב  כִּי מְשׁוּבַת פְּתָיִם תַּהַרְגֵם וְשַׁלְוַת כְּסִילִים תְּאַבְּדֵם׃

33  But he who listens to me will dwell in safety, Untroubled by the terror of misfortune.”

 

לג  וְשֹׁמֵעַ לִי יִשְׁכָּן־בֶּטַח וְשַׁאֲנַן מִפַּחַד רָעָה׃

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  • There is so much truth in this chapter that you could spend your whole life just bringing yourself into this way of living. to put these truths into practice is some of the greatest yet hardest thing to do. Our worldly nature does not want to give up control but my life experience has taught me well that that is often as the passage says the way of the fool. The scriptures were not given to us just to keep us busy they are a very special tool that can help us live a peaceful life even when things aren’t as we think they should be or trials are testing us. The Lord will never guide us in a way that brings harm, or trouble to us He is trying to help us & accomplish His will at the sametime.

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