New International Version - UK

Proverbs 1

Purpose and theme

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

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behaviour,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
    knowledge and discretion to the young –
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance –
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.

Prologue: exhortations to embrace wisdom

Warning against the invitation of sinful men

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
    and a chain to adorn your neck.

10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
    do not give in to them.
11 If they say, ‘Come along with us;
    let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
    let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
    and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
    we will all share the loot’–
15 my son, do not go along with them,
    do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
    they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
    it takes away the life of those who get it.

Wisdom’s rebuke

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[d] 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?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
    and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
    and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
    I will mock when calamity overtakes you –
27 when 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,
29 since they hated knowledge
    and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
    and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
    and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.’

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 1:4 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
  2. Proverbs 1:6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles
  3. Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.
  4. Proverbs 1:21 Septuagint; Hebrew / at noisy street corners

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 1

箴言的价值

1这是大卫的儿子以色列王所罗门的箴言。

为使人认识智慧和教诲,
    领悟真知灼见;
为使人接受劝诫,
    为人处事仁义、公平、正直;
使愚昧人明智,
    使青年有知识和明辨力;
使智者听了长学问,
    明哲听了得指引;
使人领悟箴言和比喻,
    明白智者的话和谜语。

知识始于敬畏耶和华,

    愚人轻视智慧和教诲。
孩子啊,
    你要听从父亲的教诲,
    不可背弃母亲的训言。
因为这要作你头上的华冠,
    颈上的项链。
10 孩子啊,恶人若引诱你,
    千万不要听从。
11 他们若说:“跟我们来吧,
    我们去埋伏杀人,
    暗害无辜者取乐;
12 我们要像阴间一样生吞他们,
    整个吞没他们,
    使他们如坠入坟墓的人;
13 我们必得到各样宝物,
    把战利品装满我们的房屋。
14 跟我们一起干吧,
    大家有福同享!”
15 孩子啊,
    不要走他们的道,
    切莫行他们的路。
16 因为他们奔向罪恶,
    急速地去杀人流血。
17 在飞鸟眼前设网罗,徒劳无功。
18 他们埋伏,却自流己血;
    他们伏击,却自害己命。
19 这就是贪爱不义之财者的结局,
    不义之财终要夺去他们的性命。

智慧的劝诫

20 智慧在大街上高喊,
    在广场上扬声,
21 在热闹的市集宣告,
    在城门口演说:
22 “你们愚昧人喜爱愚昧,
    嘲讽者以嘲弄为乐,
    无知者厌恶知识,
    要到什么时候呢?
23 你们若因我的责备而回转,
    我就向你们显明我的旨意[a]
    叫你们明白我的话语。
24 我呼唤你们,
    你们却充耳不闻;
    我向你们招手,
    你们却视若无睹。
25 你们漠视我的劝诫,
    不接受我的责备。
26 因此,
    你们遭遇灾难时,
    我必发笑;
    惊恐临到你们时,
    我必嗤笑——
27 那时,恐惧如风暴袭击你们,
    灾难如旋风临到你们,
    忧愁和苦难吞没你们。
28 你们呼求我,
    我也不回答;
    你们恳切地寻找我,
    却找不到。
29 因为你们厌恶知识,
    不愿意敬畏耶和华,
30 不接受我的劝诫,
    又藐视我的责备。
31 所以,你们必自食其果,
    因自己的恶谋而吃尽苦头。
32 愚昧人背离正道,
    自招灭亡;
    愚顽人逍遥自在,
    毁掉自己。
33 然而,那听从我的必安然居住,
    得享安宁,
    不怕灾祸。”

Footnotes

  1. 1:23 我就向你们显明我的旨意”希伯来文是“我就将我的灵浇灌你们”。