Proverbs 1
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1  The proverbs of Shlomo the son of David, king of Yisrael;

א  מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה בֶן דָּוִד מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

2  To know wisdom and instruction; to comprehend the words of understanding;

ב  לָדַעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר לְהָבִין אִמְרֵי בִינָה.

3  To receive the discipline of wisdom, justice, and right, and equity;

ג  לָקַחַת מוּסַר הַשְׂכֵּל צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט וּמֵשָׁרִים.

4  To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion;

ד  לָתֵת לִפְתָאיִם עָרְמָה לְנַעַר דַּעַת וּמְזִמָּה.

5  That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning, and the man of understanding may attain unto wise counsels;

ה  יִשְׁמַע חָכָם וְיוֹסֶף לֶקַח וְנָבוֹן תַּחְבֻּלוֹת יִקְנֶה.

6  To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

ו  לְהָבִין מָשָׁל וּמְלִיצָה דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים וְחִידֹתָם.

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

yir-AT a-do-NAI ray-SHEET DA-at khokh-MAH u-mu-SAR e-vee-LEEM BA-zu.

ז  יִרְאַת יְהוָה רֵאשִׁית דָּעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר אֱוִילִים בָּזוּ.

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

Proverbs contains the collected wisdom of King Solomon, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. In I Kings 3, the Bible relates how this son of King David achieved such greatness. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever his heart desired. Young King Solomon asked only for the wisdom to guide God’s people in righteousness. So pleased was the Lord with Solomon’s request that He also granted him great wealth and success. This verse sets the tone for the entire book of Proverbs. Once King Solomon has set out his purpose in writing, to impart wisdom, he begins by identifying fear of the Lord as the root of that wisdom. Without awe of God, knowledge is empty and can be twisted for any number of negative purposes.

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

ח  שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ וְאַל תִּטֹּשׁ תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ.

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

ט  כִּי לִוְיַת חֵן הֵם לְרֹאשֶׁךָ וַעֲנָקִים לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶךָ.

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

י  בְּנִי אִם יְפַתּוּךָ חַטָּאִים אַל תֹּבֵא.

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

יא  אִם יֹאמְרוּ לְכָה אִתָּנוּ נֶאֶרְבָה לְדָם נִצְפְּנָה לְנָקִי חִנָּם.

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

יב  נִבְלָעֵם כִּשְׁאוֹל חַיִּים וּתְמִימִים כְּיוֹרְדֵי בוֹר.

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

יג  כָּל הוֹן יָקָר נִמְצָא נְמַלֵּא בָתֵּינוּ שָׁלָל.

14  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse’–

יד  גּוֹרָלְךָ תַּפִּיל בְּתוֹכֵנוּ כִּיס אֶחָד יִהְיֶה לְכֻלָּנוּ.

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

טו  בְּנִי אַל תֵּלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ אִתָּם מְנַע רַגְלְךָ מִנְּתִיבָתָם.

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

טז  כִּי רַגְלֵיהֶם לָרַע יָרוּצוּ וִימַהֲרוּ לִשְׁפָּךְ דָּם.

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

יז  כִּי חִנָּם מְזֹרָה הָרָשֶׁת בְּעֵינֵי כָּל בַּעַל כָּנָף.

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

יח  וְהֵם לְדָמָם יֶאֱרֹבוּ יִצְפְּנוּ לְנַפְשֹׁתָם.

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

יט  כֵּן אָרְחוֹת כָּל בֹּצֵעַ בָּצַע אֶת נֶפֶשׁ בְּעָלָיו יִקָּח.

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

כ  חָכְמוֹת בַּחוּץ תָּרֹנָּה בָּרְחֹבוֹת תִּתֵּן קוֹלָהּ.

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

כא  בְּרֹאשׁ הֹמִיּוֹת תִּקְרָא בְּפִתְחֵי שְׁעָרִים בָּעִיר אֲמָרֶיהָ תֹאמֵר.

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

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

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

כג  תָּשׁוּבוּ לְתוֹכַחְתִּי הִנֵּה אַבִּיעָה לָכֶם רוּחִי אוֹדִיעָה דְבָרַי אֶתְכֶם.

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

כד  יַעַן קָרָאתִי וַתְּמָאֵנוּ נָטִיתִי יָדִי וְאֵין מַקְשִׁיב.

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

כה  וַתִּפְרְעוּ כָל עֲצָתִי וְתוֹכַחְתִּי לֹא אֲבִיתֶם.

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

כו  גַּם אֲנִי בְּאֵידְכֶם אֶשְׂחָק אֶלְעַג בְּבֹא פַחְדְּכֶם.

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

כז  בְּבֹא כשאוה (כְשׁוֹאָה) פַּחְדְּכֶם וְאֵידְכֶם כְּסוּפָה יֶאֱתֶה בְּבֹא עֲלֵיכֶם צָרָה וְצוּקָה.

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

כח  אָז יִקְרָאֻנְנִי וְלֹא אֶעֱנֶה יְשַׁחֲרֻנְנִי וְלֹא יִמְצָאֻנְנִי.

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

כט  תַּחַת כִּי שָׂנְאוּ דָעַת וְיִרְאַת יְהוָה לֹא בָחָרוּ.

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

ל  לֹא אָבוּ לַעֲצָתִי נָאֲצוּ כָּל תּוֹכַחְתִּי.

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

לא  וְיֹאכְלוּ מִפְּרִי דַרְכָּם וּמִמֹּעֲצֹתֵיהֶם יִשְׂבָּעוּ.

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

לב  כִּי מְשׁוּבַת פְּתָיִם תַּהַרְגֵם וְשַׁלְוַת כְּסִילִים תְּאַבְּדֵם.

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

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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