New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 1:1-33

Purpose

1These are the proverbs of Solomon. He was the son of David and the king of Israel.

2Proverbs teach you wisdom and instruct you.

They help you understand wise sayings.

3They provide you with instruction and help you live wisely.

They lead to what is right and honest and fair.

4They give understanding to childish people.

They give knowledge and good sense to those who are young.

5Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned.

Let those who understand what is right get guidance.

6What I’m teaching also helps you understand proverbs and stories.

It helps you understand the sayings and riddles of those who are wise.

7If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord.

But foolish people hate wisdom and instruction.

Think and Live Wisely

A Warning Against Sinful Men

8My son, listen to your father’s advice.

Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching.

9What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head.

It will be like a chain to decorate your neck.

10My son, if sinful men tempt you,

don’t give in to them.

11They might say, “Come along with us.

Let’s hide and wait to kill someone who hasn’t done anything wrong.

Let’s catch some harmless person in our trap.

12Let’s swallow them alive, as the grave does.

Let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down into the pit.

13We’ll get all kinds of valuable things.

We’ll fill our houses with what we steal.

14Cast lots with us for what they own.

We’ll share everything we take from them.”

15My son, don’t go along with them.

Don’t even set your feet on their paths.

16They are always in a hurry to sin.

They are quick to spill someone’s blood.

17How useless it is to spread a net

where every bird can see it!

18Those who hide and wait will spill their own blood.

They will be caught in their own trap.

19That’s what happens to everyone

who goes after money in the wrong way.

That kind of money takes away

the life of those who get it.

Wisdom’s Warning

20Out in the open wisdom calls out.

She raises her voice in a public place.

21On top of the city wall she cries out.

Here is what she says near the gate of the city.

22“How long will you childish people love your childish ways?

How long will you rude people enjoy making fun of God and others?

How long will you foolish people hate knowledge?

23Pay attention to my warning!

Then I will pour out my thoughts to you.

I will make known to you my teachings.

24But you refuse to listen when I call out to you.

No one pays attention when I reach out my hand.

25You turn away from all my advice.

And you do not accept my warning.

26So I will laugh at you when you are in danger.

I will make fun of you when hard times come.

27I will laugh when hard times hit you like a storm.

I will laugh when danger comes your way like a windstorm.

I will make fun of you when suffering and trouble come.

28“Then you will call to me. But I won’t answer.

You will look for me. But you won’t find me.

29You hated knowledge.

You didn’t choose to have respect for the Lord.

30You wouldn’t accept my advice.

You turned your backs on my warnings.

31So you will eat the fruit of the way you have lived.

You will choke on the fruit of what you have planned.

32“The wrong path that childish people take will kill them.

Foolish people will be destroyed by being satisfied with the way they live.

33But those who listen to me will live in safety.

They will be at ease and have no fear of being harmed.”

Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

Ordsprogenes Bog 1:1-33

Værdien af ordsprog

1Det følgende er ordsprog af Davids søn og Israels konge, Salomon. 2Formålet med ordsprogene er at vejlede folk og give dem visdom, at hjælpe dem til at skelne mellem rigtigt og forkert. 3De skal hjælpe folk til at handle klogt, ærligt og ret. 4De skal give de uerfarne kundskab og de unge indsigt og dømmekraft. 5Selv de erfarne kan lære noget, og de fornuftige kan blive vejledt. 6De kan lære at meditere over betydningen af ordsprog og billedtale samt de vises ordspil og gåder. 7Gudsfrygt fører til visdom. Kun en tåbe foragter visdom og vejledning.

En fars formaninger

8Hør efter din fars formaning, min søn,

og husk på din mors belæring.

9Værdsæt deres velmente vejledning

som et fornemt trofæ, et dyrebart smykke.

10Giv ikke efter, min søn, men sig nej,

når dårlige venner vil lokke dig på afveje.

11Måske siger de: „Kom, lad os finde et offer,

lægge os på lur og dræbe de uskyldige.

12Før de aner uråd, er de allerede døde,

selv de stærke klarer sig ikke imod os.

13Derefter plyndrer vi dem og bliver rige,

tænk på alle de ting, vi kan købe!

14Kom nu! Du skal nok få din andel.

Vi deler naturligvis byttet imellem os!”

15Gå ikke med dem, min søn!

Hold dig langt væk fra den slags venner.

16De er kun ude på at røve og plyndre

og viger ikke tilbage for mord.

17Hvis en fugl ser en fælde blive sat op,

holder den sig væk og går ikke i den.

18Men sådanne venner er ikke så kloge.

De sætter en fælde, men falder selv i den.

19De, der røver fra andre,

berøver sig selv et godt liv.

Visdommen kalder

20Visdommen råber til folk på gaden,

står på torvet og taler til dem,

21kalder på skaren, som haster forbi,

opsøger byens øverste ledere.

22„I mennesker uden forstand!” råber den,

„Hvor længe vil I forblive i uvidenhed?

Hvor længe vil spotterne blive ved med at spotte?

Hvor længe vil tåberne nægte at blive vejledt?

23Gid I ville lytte til min vejledning.

Så ville jeg dele mine tanker med jer

og øse ud af min visdom til jer.

24Men I ville ikke høre, når jeg kaldte på jer,

I afviste min udrakte, hjælpende hånd.

25I forkastede alle mine gode råd,

lyttede ikke til mine formaninger.

26Derfor vil jeg le, når ulykken rammer jer,

håne jer, når I gribes af rædsel,

27når I rammes som af et lyn fra en klar himmel,

når jeres mareridt bliver til virkelighed,

når angst og nød truer med at knuse jer.

28Da vil I råbe om hjælp, men ikke få svar.

I vil søge efter mig, men ikke finde mig.

29I forkastede jo kundskaben

og nægtede at vise Herren respekt.

30I var ligeglade med de råd, jeg gav jer,

I valgte at ignorere min vejledning.

31Derfor må I nu bide i det sure æble,

til I får kvalme af jeres egen dumhed.

32Stædig egenrådighed bliver jeres død,

naiv sorgløshed fører jer i ulykke.

33Men de, der lytter til mig, skal leve i tryghed,

de skal bo i fred og uden frygt.”