Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Proverbs 1

1. The proverbs of Solomon ben-David, King of Israel.

2. To know wisdom and correction; to understand words of understanding;

3.to receive correction; to gain insight in righteousness, and judgment, and equity;

4.to give prudence to the simple-minded, to the young man, knowledge and discretion;

5.– a wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will acquire good counsels –

6.to understand a proverb and a riddle, sayings of wise men and their enigmas.

7.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and correction.

¶8. Hear, my son, the correction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother,

9.for they will be a wreath of grace for your head and pendants for your neck.

10. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11. If they say, “Come with us! Let us lie in wait for blood. Let us wait in secret for the innocent man without cause.

12.Let us swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the pit.

13.All precious substance will we find; we will fill our houses with spoil.

14.Cast in your lot among us! We will have one purse together.”

15. My son, do not walk in the way with them; withhold your foot from their pathway,

16.for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17. (Surely, in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.)

18. But they lie in wait for their own blood. They wait in secret for their own souls.

19. Thus are the paths of all who get gain by violence; it takes the soul of its owners.

¶20. True wisdom cries aloud outside, she gives forth her voice in the marketplaces.

21. She calls out at the head of bustling streets, at the openings of gates. In the city, she declares her words:

22.“How long, O you simple-minded, will you love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

23.Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

24.Because I called and you refused, because I stretched out my hand and no one regarded it,

25.because you disdained all my counsel and did not want my reproof,

26.I will also laugh at your calamity. I will mock when your terror comes,

27.when your terror comes like a devastating storm and your calamity strikes like a tornado, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me early, but they will not find me,

29.forasmuch as they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

30. They would not receive my counsel; they spurned all my reproof.

31. Therefore, they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and they will be sated with their own devices,

32.for the apostasy of the simple-minded will kill them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.

33. But he who hears me will dwell safely and be at peace, without dread of evil.

Proverbs 2

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1. My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure up my commandments with you,

2.inclining your ear to wisdom, and applying your heart to understanding –

3.yes, if you cry out for discernment and lift your voice for understanding,

4.if you look for her as for silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures,

5.then you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God.

6. For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7. He treasures up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a buckler to those who walk blamelessly,

8.guarding the paths of judgment, and keeping the way of His saints.

9. Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity – every good pathway!

10. For wisdom will enter into your heart, and knowledge will be a delight to your soul.

11. Discretion will keep you, understanding will guard you,

12.delivering you from the evil way, from men who speak perverse things,

13.who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

14.who are glad to do evil – they rejoice in perverse deeds of an evil man –

15.whose paths are twisted, and they are devious in their ways,

16.to deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses smooth words,

17.she who forsakes the husband of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

18. Surely, her house goes down to death, and her ways, to the shades.

19. None who go in to her will return, and they will not attain to the paths of life.

20. So that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

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¶1. My son, do not forget my law, and let your heart keep my commandments,

2.for they will add to you length of days, and years of life, and peace.

3. Do not let mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them upon your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

4.and find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8. It will be a healing for your flesh, and a refreshing for your bones.

9. Honor the Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase,

10.and your storehouses will be filled with plenty, and your winepresses will burst forth with new wine.

11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction,

12.for whom the Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights.

13. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who obtains understanding.

14. Indeed, its merchandise is better than merchandise bought with silver, and its fruit is better than gold’s.

15. It is more precious than rubies, and anything you desire cannot be compared to her.

16. Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her pathways are peace.

18. It is a tree of life for those who lay hold on it, and those who hold it tight will be happy.

19. The Lord, by wisdom, laid the foundation of the earth; he has set up the heavens by understanding;

20. By His knowledge, depths were broken open, and clouds drip dew.

21. My son, do not let them leave your sight - keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22.and it will be life unto your soul and grace to your neck.

23. Then you will walk securely in your way, and your foot will not be injured.

24. When you lie down, you will not be in dread; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25. Do not be afraid of sudden dread or the destruction of the wicked when it comes,

26.for Jehovah will be with your confidence (against your stupidity), and He will keep your foot from captivity.

27. Do not withhold good from its owners when it is in your hands’ power to do so.

28. Do not say to your friends, “Leave and come back, and tomorrow I will give it”, but it is there with you.

29. Do not devise evil against your friend or he who dwells securely beside you.

30. Do not strive with man without cause, when he has done you no harm.

31. Do not be envious of the violent man, and do not choose any of his ways.

32. For he who is devious is an abomination to Jehovah, but His fellowship is with the upright.

33. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He will bless the habitation of the righteous.

34. Though He will scorn the scorners, He will grant grace to the lowly.

35. The wise will inherit glory, but rebellious fools, dishonor.

Proverbs 4 (Aaron)

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¶1. Yield, children, to a father’s discipline, and incline your ear that you may become acquainted with understanding,

2.for I give you good instruction. Do not forsake my law!

3. When I was a tender son to my father, and an only son before my mother,

4.he instructed me, and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast to my words; keep my commandments and live.

5. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

6. Do not forsake it and it will protect you. Love it and it will watch over you.

7. Wisdom is the principal thing; get wisdom! Yea, in all your getting, get understanding!

8. Esteem it, and it will exalt you. It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

9. It will put a wreath of grace on your head; it will bestow on you a glorious crown.

10. Listen, my son, and receive my words and the years of your life will be many.

11. Along the road of wisdom, I have guided you. I have led you along the pathways of righteousness.

12. When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

13. Seize upon instruction! Do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.

14. On the path of the wicked, do not start, and do not go in the way of evil men.

15. Leave it alone. Do not pass over it. Turn aside from it and pass it by.

16. Indeed, they cannot sleep unless they have done evil. Sleep is taken from them unless they cause (someone) to stumble,

17.for they eat bread of wickedness, and wine of violent men, they drink.

18. But the pathway of the righteous is like a bright light, it goes and it shines, leading toward the established day.

19. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know by what they are made to stumble.

20. My son, attend to my words. To my sayings, incline your ears.

21. Do not let them depart from your sight. Guard them in the midst of your heart,

22.for they are life to those who find them, and to all its flesh, healing.

23. Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life.

24. Put a froward mouth away from you , and perverse lips put far away from you.

25. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids keep straight before you.

26. Smooth out the pathway for your foot, and let all your ways be established.

27. Do not turn to the right or left. Remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

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¶1. My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

2.in order to preserve discretion, and that your lips may guard information.

3. For the lips of a strange woman drips sweet honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil,

4.but her end is bitter like wormwood, sharp like a two-edged sword.

5. Her feet are going down to death; her steps lay hold on Sheol.

6. Lest you weigh the path of life, her ways are moveable so that you will not realize.

7. So now, my sons, listen to me and do not turn from words of my mouth.

8. Make your path far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,

9.lest you give your majesty to others and your years to the cruel one,

10.lest strangers be filled with your produce, and your toils be in a foreigner’s home,

11.and you groan at your end, when your flesh and your body waste away,

12.and you say, “How I have hated correction, and how my heart has spurned reproof!

13. Also, I did not listen to the voice of my teachers, and I did not incline my ear to my instructors!

14. I am almost in all evil in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15. Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.

16. Streams of water from your springs will flow outside into the open places.

17. They shall be for you, for you alone, and not for strangers with you.

18. Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.

19. A loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be intoxicated with her love continually.

20. And why, my son, should you satisfy yourself with a strange woman, or embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?

21. For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He weighs out all his paths.

22. The wicked man’s own iniquities will capture him, and with the cords of his own sin will he be seized.

23. He will die for want of correction, and in his abundant foolishness, he will go astray.

Proverbs 6

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¶1. My son, if you have become guarantor for your friend, if you have shaken hands with a stranger,

2.if you have been ensnared by the words of your mouth, if you have been trapped by the words of your mouth,

3.do this then, my son, and deliver yourself. Because you have come into the hand of your friend, go humble yourself and importune your friend!

4. Do not give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids!

5. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from his hand, even like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6. Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider its ways and be wise.

7. Which, having no captain, officer, or ruler,

8. prepares its food in the summer and gathers its provision in the harvest.

9. How long, O sluggard, will you sleep? When will you wake up from your slumber?

10. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

11.and your poverty will come in like a wanderer, and your deficit, like an armed man.

12. A man of Belial, a wicked man, walks in perversion of speech.

13. He winks with his eyes; he signals with his feet; he points with his fingers.

14. Perverse things are in his heart. He devises evil always; he sends out strife.

15. For this, his distress will come suddenly. He will be broken in an instant, and there will be no healing.

16. These six things does Jehovah hate. Yea, seven are abominations to His soul:

17.an exalted appearance; a deceptive tongue; and hands that shed innocent blood;

18.a heart that engraves wicked thoughts; feet that hurry to run to evil;

19.a false witness that breathes out lies; and he who sows discord among brothers.

20. My son, guard the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.

21. Bind them upon your heart continually; bind them around your neck.

22. When you walk about, it will guide you. When you sleep, it will watch over you, and when you wake up, it will advise you.

23. For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

24.to keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the foreign woman.

25. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelids.

26. Indeed, by means of a whorish woman a man is reduced to a loaf of bread, and an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

27. Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned?

28. Can a man walks on the coals and his feet not be schorched?

29. So shall it be for the one who goes in to the wife of his neighbor. Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

30. Men do not despise a thief when he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry,

31.but if he is found, he will restore sevenfold. He will give all the substance of his house.

32. He who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding. He who does so is destroying his own soul.

33. He will find a mark and dishonor, and his reproach will not be blotted out,

34.for jealousy is the fury of man, and he will not have compassion in the day of vengeance.

35. He will not receive any ransom, nor will he yield though you multiply gifts.

Proverbs 7

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¶1. My son, keep my words, and treasure up my commandments with you.

2. Keep my commandments, and live, and my law as the apple of your eye!

3. Bind them on your fingers! Write them on the tablet of your heart!

4. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister”, and you will call understanding a kinsman,

5.in order to keep you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses her smooth words. (fix Pr 2:16 to add “her”)

6. While at the window of my house, I was looking down through my lattice.

7. As I was looking at the simple people, I discerned among the boys a young man lacking understanding,

8.passing by in the street near her corner. And he walked the road toward her house

9.at the evening twilight of the day, in the night’s blackness and thick darkness.

10. And behold, a woman came up to him, in the clothes of a harlot and cunning of mind,

11.(she is boisterous and rebellious, her feet will not stay in her house,

12.sometimes in the street, sometimes in the squares, truly, near every corner, she lies in wait)

13.and she grabbed him and kissed him. Her face was shameless, and she said to him,

14.“With peace offerings on my behalf, I have fulfilled my vows today!

15.this is why I have come out, to come upon you, to diligently seek your face, and now I have found you!

16.I have spread my couch with coverings, colored Egyptian linens.

17.I have sprinkled my bed with myrhh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18.Come, let us drink our fill of passions until the morning! Let us delight in love!

19.For my husband isn’t home; he has gone on a long journey.

20.He took a bag of money with him. He will come home on the day of the full moon.”

21. She has turned him by her great persuasiveness; with the seductiveness of her lips, she compels him

22. He walks after her at once; like an ox, he goes to the slaughter, or like an anklet he goes along to the punishment of a fool

22. He walks after her at once; like an ox, he goes to the slaughter, or like an anklet at the punishment of a fool

23.until an arrow cleaves open his liver, like a bird hurrying to a trap. And he, and it does not know it is for his life.

23. until an arrow cleaves open his liver, like a bird hurries to a trap. Just so, he does not know that it is at the cost of his soul.

24. So, my sons, listen now to me, and pay attention to the words of my mouth.

25. Do not let your heart turn aside towards her road! Do not stray onto her pathways!

26. She has caused many to fall down slain, and all those she killed were mighty men.

27. The roads of Sheol, even her house, descend to chambers of death.

Proverbs 8

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¶1.Does not wisdom call? And understanding give his[1] voice?

2.At the top of high places, along the road, at the crossroads, he stands.

3.Beside the gates, at the entrance of the cities, at the doors, he cries out,

4.“Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the children of Adam.

5.Understand subtlety, you simpletons! And you fools, be of an understanding heart!

6.Listen! For I speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips come right things.

7.My mouth will speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8.All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

9.All of them are right to the one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.

10.Receive my reproof and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

11.for wisdom is better than rubies, and all that is desirable cannot compare with her.

12.I, wisdom, dwell with prudence; I uncover knowledge of cunning ways.

13.The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, haughtiness, an evil manner, and a perverse mouth.

14.Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom. I am understanding. I have strength.

15.By me, kings rule, and rulers make righteous decrees.

16.By me, princes and nobles reign, and all who judge rightly.

17.I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.

18.Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

19.My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my revenue better than choice silver.

20.I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,

21.to cause those who love me to inherit substance; I will fill their storehouses.

22.The Lord created me the beginning of His way, the first of His works.

23.I was anointed from eternity, before the beginning, before earth existed.

24.I was brought forth when there were no depths of the sea, when there were no springs abounding with water.

25.Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.

26.When He had not made the earth, and the open fields, and the first elements of the world,

27.when He prepared the heavens, I was there. When He decreed a circle on the face of the deep,

28.when He established the thin clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the sea,

29.when He made His decree for the sea, that the waters should not disobey His word, when He decreed the foundations of the earth,

30.I was at His side, like a master workman, daily His great delight, always laughing in His presence,

31.rejoicing in the world, His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

¶32. So, my children, listen now to me, for those who keep my ways will be blessed.

33. Listen to correction! Be wise and do not let it go!

34. Blessed is the man who listens to me, keeping watch at my gates every day, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.

36. He who fails to come to me damages his own soul; all they that hate me love death.

Proverbs 9

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¶1. Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.

2. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; and she has set her table.

3. She has sent forth her maidens; she cries out from the highest places of the city,

4.Whoever is unwise, let him turn in here. To him lacking understanding, she says,

5.“Come! Eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed.

6.Forsake the foolish, and live! And walk in the way of understanding!”

7. He who corrects a scorner gets for himself dishonor, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.

8. Do not rebuke a scorner lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

9. Give correction to a wise man, and he will become still wiser; instruct a just man and he will increase in learning.

10. Fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy is understanding.

11. Truly, by me, your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

12. If you become wise, you become wise for yourself, and if you scorn, you will bear it by yourself.

13. A foolish woman is boisterous, simple, and knows nothing.

14. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat near the city’s highest places,

15.calling out to passers-by on the road, those who are making their paths straight,

16. “Whoever is amenable, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

17.“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secrecy is pleasant!”

18. But he does not know that shades are there. Her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

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Footnotes

[1] The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine, and so, it is referred to as “she”. But since the Wisdom of God has now been revealed to be His pre-existent Son (1Cor. 1:24; see also in this chapter, vv. 22–36), it seems more appropriate to use a masculine pronoun.

[2] Or, weak.

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