New International Version

Proverbs 1:1-33

Purpose and Theme

1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2for gaining wisdom and instruction;

for understanding words of insight;

3for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,

doing what is right and just and fair;

4for giving prudence to those who are simple,1:4 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.

knowledge and discretion to the young—

5let the wise listen and add to their learning,

and let the discerning get guidance—

6for understanding proverbs and parables,

the sayings and riddles of the wise.1:6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles

7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient. despise wisdom and instruction.

Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

9They are a garland to grace your head

and a chain to adorn your neck.

10My son, if sinful men entice you,

do not give in to them.

11If they say, “Come along with us;

let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,

let’s ambush some harmless soul;

12let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,

and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

13we will get all sorts of valuable things

and fill our houses with plunder;

14cast lots with us;

we will all share the loot”—

15my son, do not go along with them,

do not set foot on their paths;

16for their feet rush into evil,

they are swift to shed blood.

17How useless to spread a net

where every bird can see it!

18These men lie in wait for their own blood;

they ambush only themselves!

19Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;

it takes away the life of those who get it.

Wisdom’s Rebuke

20Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,

she raises her voice in the public square;

21on top of the wall1:21 Septuagint; Hebrew / at noisy street corners she cries out,

at the city gate she makes her speech:

22“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?

How long will mockers delight in mockery

and fools hate knowledge?

23Repent at my rebuke!

Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,

I will make known to you my teachings.

24But since you refuse to listen when I call

and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

25since you disregard all my advice

and do not accept my rebuke,

26I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;

I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

27when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,

when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28“Then they will call to me but I will not answer;

they will look for me but will not find me,

29since they hated knowledge

and did not choose to fear the Lord.

30Since they would not accept my advice

and spurned my rebuke,

31they will eat the fruit of their ways

and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,

and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33but whoever listens to me will live in safety

and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Miyambo 1:1-33

Mawu Oyamba: Cholinga ndi Mutu

1Iyi ndi miyambi ya Solomoni mwana wa Davide, mfumu ya Israeli:

2Ndi yothandiza kuti munthu adziwe nzeru ndi malangizo;

kuti amvetse mawu a matanthauzo ozama;

3kuti alandire malangizo othandiza kuti achite zinthu mwanzeru,

akhale wangwiro, wachilungamo ndiponso wosakondera.

4Ndi yothandiza munthu wamba kuti aphunzire nzeru za kuchenjera,

achinyamata kudziwa zinthu bwino ndi kulingalira.

5Munthu wanzeru amvetse bwino miyamboyi kuti awonjezere kuphunzira kwake,

ndi munthu womvetsa zinthu bwino apatepo luso,

6kuti azimvetsa miyambi ndi mafanizo,

mawu a anthu anzeru ndi mikuluwiko.

7Kuopa Yehova ndiye chiyambi cha nzeru.

Zitsiru zimanyoza nzeru ndi malangizo.

Malangizo kuti Asunge Nzeru

Malangizo kwa Achinyamata

8Mwana wanga, mvera malangizo a abambo ako

ndipo usakane mawu okuwongolera a amayi ako.

9Ali ngati sangamutu yokongola ya maluwa pamutu pako

ndiponso ali ngati mkanda mʼkhosi mwako.

10Mwana wanga, ngati anthu oyipa afuna kukukopa

usamawamvere.

11Akadzati, “Tiye kuno;

tikabisale kuti tiphe anthu,

tikabisalire anthu osalakwa;

12tiwameze amoyo ngati manda,

ndi athunthu ngati anthu otsikira mʼdzenje.

13Motero tidzapeza zinthu zosiyanasiyana zamtengowapatali

ndi kudzaza nyumba zathu ndi zolanda;

14Bwera, chita nafe maere,

ndipo tidzagawana chuma chathu tonse.”

15Mwana wanga, usayende nawo pamodzi,

usatsagane nawo mʼnjira zawozo.

16Iwowatu amangofuna zoyipa zokhazokha,

amathamangira kukhetsa magazi.

17Nʼkopanda phindu kutchera msampha

mbalame zikuona!

18Koma anthu amenewa amangobisalira miyoyo yawo yomwe;

amangodzitchera okha msampha!

19Awa ndiwo mathero a anthu opeza chuma mwankhanza;

chumacho chimapha mwiniwake.

Chenjezo Pomwe Tikana Nzeru

20Nzeru ikufuwula mu msewu,

ikuyankhula mokweza mawu mʼmisika;

21ikufuwula pa mphambano ya misewu,

ikuyankhula pa zipata za mzinda kuti,

22“Kodi inu anthu osachangamukanu, mudzakondwera ndi kusachangamuka mpaka liti?

Nanga anthu onyogodola adzakondabe kunyogodola mpaka liti?

Kapena opusa adzadana ndi nzeru mpaka liti?

23Tamverani mawu anga a chidzudzulo.

Ine ndikukuwuzani maganizo anga

ndi kukudziwitsani mawu anga.

24Popeza ndinakuyitanani koma inu munakana kumvera.

Ndinayesa kukuthandizani koma panalibe amene anasamala.

25Uphungu wanga munawunyoza.

Kudzudzula kwanga simunakusamale.

26Ndiye inenso ndidzakusekani mukadzakhala mʼmavuto;

ndidzakunyogodolani chikadzakugwerani chimene mumachiopacho.

27Chiwonongeko chikadzakugwerani ngati namondwe,

tsoka likadzakufikirani ngati kamvuluvulu,

mavuto ndi masautso akadzakugwerani.

28“Tsono mudzandiyitana koma sindidzayankha;

mudzandifunafuna, koma simudzandipeza.

29Popeza iwo anadana ndi chidziwitso

ndipo sanasankhe kuopa Yehova,

30popeza iwo sanasamale malangizo anga

ndipo ananyoza chidzudzulo changa.

31Tsono adzadya zipatso zoyenera mayendedwe awo

ndi kukhuta ndi ntchito zimene anachita kwa ena.

32Pakuti anthu osachangamuka amaphedwa chifukwa cha kusochera kwawo,

ndipo zitsiru zimadziwononga zokha chifukwa cha mphwayi zawo.

33Koma aliyense wondimvera adzakhala mwa bata;

adzakhala mosatekeseka posaopa chilichonse.”