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1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the 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 the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us 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 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools 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. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh 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 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

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1 Raymond Huerta = "The headnote for the book follows the Late Biblical practice of ascribing texts to famous figures of the past. In this case, the ascription is encouraged by the legendary wisdom reported of Solomon in 1 Samuel.proverbs: The Hebrew mishley, which means "proverb of" became the prevalent title for the book in Jewish tradition. The term, which suggests some sort of artful expression, is usually poetic, has no English equivalent because it variously means proverbs, parable, poetic theme, or rhapsodic utterance. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 1." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
2 Raymond Huerta = "The series of phrases which runs from here to the end of verse 4 and is picked up again in verse 6 lays out an agenda for the book. Everything from the beginning through verse 9 constituting a formal prelude to the book proper. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
3 Raymond Huerta = "Subtilty, or "shrewdness," fits in with the pragmatic curriculum of Proverbs. Intelligence of most practice sort, involving an alertness to potential deceptions and seductions, is seen as an indispensable tool for the safe, satisfying, and ethical life.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
4 Raymond Huerta = "Often translated as "riddles," this term is used in the Samson story (Judges 14:12). Some of the one-line proverbs are actually riddles, with the first verset posing the riddle and the second verset supplying the answer. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
5 Raymond Huerta = "The persona of the Mentor now emerges, addressing his inexperienced disciple. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
6 Raymond Huerta = ""Sinners" is not quite right, "offenders" is the better translation. The Hebrew hata'im refers to offenders in the strict criminal sense, a gang of violent people for example. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
7 Raymond Huerta = "The implication of "blood" in the previous line is spelled out: the persons' plan is to murder their victims and then seize their wealth. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
8 Raymond Huerta = "The persons appeal to the young man not only on the basis of profit ("precious substance") to be had but also for the camaraderie in crime that they offer.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
9 Raymond Huerta = "The bandits want to draw the young man with them on a road where they will lie in wait for victims.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
10 Raymond Huerta = "The birds do not imagine that the net spread below them is meant to entrap them.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
11 Raymond Huerta = "This is an analogy between the unwitting birds and the naïve young drawn into crime. Understand this to mean that the criminals do not imagine that they will be caught by the consequences of their own crime, they do not realize that they are their own ambushers.This keeps the idea stressed in Proverbs and rejected in Job, that there is a built-in moral mechanism that leads from crime to disaster for its perpetrators. As we will see in the next verse, ill-gotten gain is said to take "the life of the owners."Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
12 Raymond Huerta = "Lady Wisdom, is as close to an allegorical figure as the Hebrew Bible comes. Female figures as symbols of nations, such as Zion, are most common in biblical literature, but not as embodiments of abstractions. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
13 Raymond Huerta = "The "chief place of concourse" is at city gates where mediating and conducting justice is located.See these verses for examples:Deuteronomy 16:18 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/deuteronomy/16Deuteronomy 21:19 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/deuteronomy/21Deuteronomy 22:15 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/deuteronomy/22Joshua 20:4 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/joshua/20Ruth 4:1 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/ruth/42 Samuel 15:2 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/2-kings-2-samuel/15Proverbs 22:22 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/proverbs/22Zechariah 8:16 https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/zechariah/8"
14 Cary W = "When we turn inward and seek the Face and Counsel of God, He will surely come, as any Father, and pour His Spirit upon us, and remind us of His wise precepts and teachings."
15 Raymond Huerta = "The verb is elsewhere used for unbinding the hair, so it literally means something like to put in disarray.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
16 Raymond Huerta = "The Hebrew features an alliteration, tsarah and umetsukah.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
17 Raymond Huerta = "As in verses 18 and 19, the idea is that they had to taste the bitter consequences of their own evil acts.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
18 Raymond Huerta = "This part of the verse extends the idea of eating the consequences of crime. Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."
19 Raymond Huerta = "Repeatedly, Proverbs pushes the notion that there is a pragmatic payoff for following the precepts of wisdom: those who do so will enjoy untroubled lives, secure from harm.Alter, Robert. "Proverbs 3." The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes : A Translation with Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print."