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.”

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mithali 1:1-33

Utangulizi: Kusudi Na Kiini

11:1 1Fal 4:29-34Mithali za Solomoni mwana wa Daudi, mfalme wa Israeli:

2Kwa kupata hekima na nidhamu;

kwa kufahamu maneno ya busara;

31:3 Mit 2:1; 2:1, 9kwa kujipatia nidhamu na busara,

kufanya lililo sawa, haki na bila kupendelea;

41:4 Mit 8:5, 12; 2:10-11huwapa busara wajinga,

maarifa na akili kwa vijana;

51:5 Mit 9:9wenye hekima na wasikilize nao waongeze elimu yao,

wenye kupambanua na wapate mwongozo;

61:6 Za 78:2; Mt 13:10-17; Hes 12:8; Amu 14:12kwa kufahamu mithali na mifano,

misemo na vitendawili vya wenye hekima.

71:7 Kut 20:20; Ay 28:28Kumcha Bwana ndicho chanzo cha maarifa,

lakini wapumbavu hudharau hekima na adabu.

Onyo Dhidi Ya Ushawishi Wa Marafiki Waovu

81:8 Mit 6:20; 22:17; Kum 21:18Mwanangu, sikiliza mwongozo wa baba yako,

wala usiyaache mafundisho ya mama yako.

91:9 Mit 3:21-22; 4:1-9Hayo yatakuwa taji la maua la neema kichwani pako,

na mkufu wa kuipamba shingo yako.

101:10 Mwa 39:7; Ay 24:15; Kum 13:8; Rum 16:18Mwanangu, kama wenye dhambi wakikushawishi,

usikubaliane nao.

111:11 Mit 12:6; Yer 5:26; Mik 7:2Kama wakisema, “Twende tufuatane;

tukamvizie mtu na kumwaga damu,

njoo tukavizie nafsi isiyo na hatia;

121:12 Ay 33:18; Mwa 38:25; Za 40:3tuwameze wakiwa hai kama kaburi,1:12 Kaburi hapa maana yake ni Kuzimu, kwa Kiebrania ni Sheol.

wakiwa wazima kama wale wanaotumbukia shimoni.

13Tutapata aina zote za vitu vya thamani

na kujaza nyumba zetu kwa nyara.

141:14 Mit 1:19Njoo ushirikiane nasi,

vitu vyote tutakavyopata tutagawana.”

151:15 Za 119:101; Mwa 49:6; Mit 4:14Mwanangu, usiandamane nao.

Usiweke mguu wako katika njia zao,

161:16 Mit 6:18; Isa 59:7kwa kuwa miguu yao hukimbilia kwenye dhambi,

ni wepesi kumwaga damu.

17Tazama ni jinsi gani ilivyo kazi bure kutandaza wavu

wakati ndege wote wanakuona!

181:18 Za 71:10Watu hawa huvizia kumwaga damu yao wenyewe;

hujivizia tu wenyewe!

191:19 Mit 11:19; 15:27; 2Fal 5:20-27Huu ndio mwisho wa wote ambao wanajipatia mali kwa hila;

huuondoa uhai wa wale wenye mali.

Onyo Dhidi Ya Kukataa Hekima

201:20 Ay 28:12; Mt 7:10-13; 9:1-3, 13-15Hekima huita kwa sauti kuu barabarani,

hupaza sauti yake kwenye viwanja vikubwa;

21kwenye makutano ya barabara za mji

zenye makelele mengi hupaza sauti,

kwenye malango ya mji hutoa hotuba yake:

221:22 Mit 6:32; 7:7; 8:5; 9:4, 16; Za 50:17“Enyi wajinga, mtangʼangʼania ujinga wenu hadi lini?

Mpaka lini wenye mizaha watafurahia mizaha,

na wapumbavu kuchukia maarifa?

231:23 Yoe 2:28; Yn 7:37Kama mngekuwa mmeitikia karipio langu,

ningekuwa nimemimina roho yangu kwenu

na kuwafahamisha maneno yangu.

241:24 Isa 65:12; Zek 7:11Lakini kwa kuwa mlinikataa nilipowaita

na hakuna yeyote aliyekubali

niliponyoosha mkono wangu,

251:25 Lk 7:30kwa kuwa mliyapuuza mashauri yangu yote

na hamkukubali karipio langu,

261:26 Za 2:4; Kum 28:63; Mit 10:24mimi nami nitawacheka katika maafa yenu,

nitawadhihaki wakati janga litawapata:

271:27 Za 18:18; Mit 5:12-14wakati janga litawapata kama tufani,

wakati maafa yatawazoa kama upepo wa kisulisuli,

wakati dhiki na taabu zitawalemea.

281:28 Isa 1:15; Mik 3:4; Eze 8:18; Hos 5:6“Ndipo watakaponiita lakini sitawajibu;

watanitafuta lakini hawatanipata.

291:29 Ay 21:14; Isa 27:11; Mdo 7:51Kwa kuwa walichukia maarifa,

wala hawakuchagua kumcha Bwana,

301:30 Ay 21:14; Za 81:11kwa kuwa hawakukubali mashauri yangu,

na kukataa maonyo yangu,

311:31 2Nya 36:16; Yer 14:16watakula matunda ya njia zao,

na watashibishwa matunda ya hila zao.

321:32 Isa 66:4; Yer 2:19Kwa kuwa ukaidi wa wajinga utawaua,

nako kuridhika kwa wajinga kutawaangamiza.

331:33 Hes 24:21; Za 25:12; 112:8Lakini yeyote anisikilizaye ataishi kwa usalama,

atatulia, bila kuwa na hofu ya madhara.”