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Proverbs 1

The Usefulness of Proverbs

1The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:


To know [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction;
To discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

To receive instruction in wise behavior and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness,
Righteousness, justice, and integrity;

That prudence (good judgment, astute common sense) may be given to the naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled],
And knowledge and discretion (intelligent discernment) to the youth,

The wise will hear and increase their learning,
And the person of understanding will acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth],

To understand a proverb and a figure [of speech] or an enigma with its interpretation,
And the words of the wise and their riddles [that require reflection].


The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence];
But arrogant [a]fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.

The Enticement of Sinners


My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not reject the teaching of your mother.

For they are a garland of grace on your head,
And chains and ornaments [of gold] around your neck.
10 
My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 
If they say, “Come with us;
Let us lie in wait to shed blood,
Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12 
Let us swallow them alive like Sheol (the place of the dead),
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit [of death];
13 
We will find and take all kinds of precious possessions,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 
Throw in your lot with us [they insist];
We will all have one money bag [in common],”
15 
My son, do not walk on the road with them;
Keep your foot [far] away from their path,
16 
For their feet run to evil,
And they hurry to shed blood.
17 
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any bird;
18 
But [when these people set a trap for others] they lie in wait for their own blood;
They set an ambush for their own lives [and rush to their destruction].
19 
So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
Greed takes away the lives of its possessors.

Wisdom Warns

20 
[b]Wisdom shouts in the street,
She raises her voice in the markets;
21 
She calls out at the head of the noisy streets [where large crowds gather];
At the entrance of the city gates she speaks her words:
22 
“How long, O naive ones [you who are easily misled], will you love being simple-minded and undiscerning?
How long will scoffers [who ridicule and deride] delight in scoffing,
How long will fools [who obstinately mock truth] hate knowledge?
23 
“If you will turn and pay attention to my rebuke,
Behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 
“Because I called and you refused [to answer],
I stretched out my hand and no one has paid attention [to my offer];
25 
And you treated all my counsel as nothing
And would not accept my reprimand,
26 
I also will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when your dread and panic come,
27 
When your dread and panic come like a storm,
And your disaster comes like a whirlwind,
When anxiety and distress come upon you [as retribution].
28 
“Then they will call upon me (Wisdom), but I will not answer;
They will seek me eagerly but they will not find me,
29 
Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord [that is, obeying Him with reverence and awe-filled respect],
30 
They would not accept my counsel,
And they spurned all my rebuke.
31 
“Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own [wicked] way
And be satiated with [the penalty of] their own devices.
32 
“For the turning away of the [c]naive will kill them,
And the careless ease of [self-righteous] fools will destroy them.
33 
“But whoever listens to me (Wisdom) will live securely and in confident trust
And will be at ease, without fear or dread of evil.”

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 1:7 In Proverbs various kinds of fools are discussed including those who are closed-minded, over-confident, and reject instruction and correction—the unteachable; those who lack spiritual insight—the spiritually blind; and those who are flippant, hardened, and who deliberately choose to reject God and wisdom—the arrogant.
  2. Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom is personified as a woman in vv 20-33 and speaks, in the first person, of godly wisdom. Read the word “wisdom” as “the wisdom of God” and see the wonderful power of this book.
  3. Proverbs 1:32 Lit simple ones.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Engero 1

1Engero za Sulemaani, mutabani wa Dawudi, kabaka wa Isirayiri.

Yaziwandiika okuyigiriza abantu okuba n’amagezi n’okuyiga,
    era n’okutegeera ebigambo eby’obulabufu; eby’obulamu eby’amagezi n’empisa.
Sulemaani yayagala abantu okuba n’empisa, n’obulamu obw’amagezi,
    okukolanga ebituufu, n’okubeera abenkanya n’okugobereranga ensonga;
okuyigiriza amagezi abatalina bumanyirivu,
    n’abavubuka okufuna okumanya n’okutegeera.
N’abantu ab’amagezi nabo bwe bawulira beeyongere okuyiga
    n’abategeevu beeyongere okubangulwa.
Era engero zino zaawandiikibwa okutegeera engero,
    enjogera n’ebikokyo.

Kale mu kutya Mukama amagezi mwe gasookera,
    naye abasirusiru banyooma amagezi n’okulagirirwa.

Amagezi eri Abavubuka

Mwana wange ossangayo omwoyo eri ebiragiro bya kitaawo,
    era tolekanga kukuutira kwa maama wo;
bijja kuba ngule eneeweesanga omutwe gwo ekitiibwa,
    n’emikuufu mu bulago bwo.

10 Mwana wange abakozi b’ebibi bwe bakusendasendanga,
    tokkirizanga.
11 Bwe bakugambanga nti, “Tugende ffenna twesanyuse,
    tunyage, tubbe n’okutta;
    tokkirizanga;
12 ng’entaana bw’emira abantu, naffe tubamire tutyo nga bakyali balamu,
    era nga balamba, ng’abagenda mu bunnya obuwanvu;
13 nga twefunira eby’obugagga bye tutakoleredde,
    ne tujjuza amayumba gaffe obugagga obubbe;
14 ng’ababi batuyita tubeegatteko,
    tugabane kyenkanyi ebibbe n’ebinyage.”
15 Mwana wange totambuliranga wamu nabo,
    era ekigere kyo kiziyize okukwatanga ekkubo lyabwe:
16 Kubanga ebigere byabwe bidduka bunnambiro okukola ebibi,
    era kibanguyira okuyiwa omusaayi.
17 Nga kuba kumala biseera okutega omutego,
    ng’ekinyonyi ky’oyagala okukwata kikulaba,
18 naye abantu ng’abo baba beetega bokka,
    baba beetega omutego ogunaabakwasa bo bennyini.
19 Bwe lityo bwe libeera ekkubo lya buli muntu anoonya okugaggawalira mu bukyamu.
    Obugagga obw’engeri eyo busaanyaawo obulamu bw’abo ababufuna.

Okulabula Eri Abanyooma Amagezi

20 Amagezi galeekaanira waggulu mu nguudo;
    gayimusa amaloboozi gaago, mu bifo ebigazi eby’omu bibuga.
21 Ne galeekaanira waggulu, mu kifo enguudo ennene we zisisinkanira,
    era gasinzira mu miryango gy’ekibuga ne googera:

22 Mulituusa ddi mmwe ab’amagezi amatono obutayagala kweyongera kuyiga by’amagezi,
    nammwe ab’amalala okunyoomanga eby’amagezi n’abasirusiru okukyawanga okumanya?
23 Kale singa muwuliriza okunenya kwange,
    laba, ndifuka omutima gwange
    n’ebirowoozo byange mu mmwe.
24 Kubanga na bayita ne mugaana okuwuliriza,
    ne ngolola omukono ne wataba n’omu afaayo,
25 era ne mutafaayo ku magezi ge nabawa,
    era ne mugaana okubuulirira kwange kwonna,
26 kale nange ndibasekerera nga muli mu nnaku,
    era mbakudaalire ng’entiisa ebagwiridde.
27 Entiisa bw’eribajjira ng’omuyaga omungi,
    ennaku n’okubonaabona, okulumwa n’obubalagaze,
28 kale balinkoowoola, naye siriyitaba;
    balinnoonya obutaweera naye ne batandaba.
29 Kubanga baakyawa okuyigirizibwa, n’okumanya,
    era ne bamalirira obutatya Mukama.
30 Ne bagaana okuwuliriza amagezi gange;
    ne banyooma okunenya kwange kwonna.
31 Kyebaliva balya ebibala eby’ekkubo lyabwe ebbi,
    era ne bajjula ebibala eby’enkwe zaabwe.
32 Obusirusiru bulitta ab’amagezi amatono
    n’obutafaayo bulizikiriza abasirusiru,
33 naye buli ampuliriza anaabeeranga mirembe,
    ng’agumye nga talina kutya kwonna.