King James Version

Proverbs 1:1-33

1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;1.3 equity: Heb. equities 4To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.1.4 discretion: or, advisement 5A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.1.6 the interpretation: or, an eloquent speech

7¶ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.1.7 the beginning: or, the principal part 8My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.1.9 an…: Heb. an adding

10¶ My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.1.17 in the…: Heb. in the eyes of every thing that hath a wing 18And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19So 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:1.20 Wisdom: Heb. Wisdoms, that is, Excellent wisdom 21She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23Turn 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; 25But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.1.32 turning…: or, ease of the simple 33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

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.”