21st Century King James Version (KJ21) of the Holy Bible, Excerpts
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THE

Proverbs

CHAPTER 1

1The use of the Proverbs. 7An exhortation to fear God and believe His word, 10to avoid the enticings of sinners. 20Wisdom complaineth of her contempt. 24She threateneth her contemners.

      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, judgment, and equity; 4to give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel 6to understand a proverb and the interpretation, the words of the wise and their dark sayings.

  7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,*
       but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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.

10My son, if sinners entice thee,
       consent thou not.
11If they say, "Come with us; let us lie in 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 to the pit;
13we shall find much 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;
       restrain 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!
18And they lie in wait for their own blood;
       they lurk privily for their own lives.
19So are the ways of every one that is greedy for gain,
       which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

20Wisdom crieth without;
       she uttereth her voice in the streets.*
21She crieth in the chief places of concourse,
       in the openings of the gates;
       in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22"How long, ye simple ones, will ye love to be simple,
       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,*
       have stretched out my hand and no man heeded,
25but ye have set at nought all my counsel
       and would have 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,
29because they hated knowledge,
       and did not choose the fear of the L
ORD.
30They would have none of my counsel,
       and they despised all my reproof:
31therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own ways,
       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;
33but whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely,
       and shall have quiet from fear of evil."
 

*7 Job 28:28, Ps 111:10, Pr 9:10. *16 Isa 59:7, Rom 3:15,20 Pr 8:1. *24 Isa 65:12,66:4, Je 7:13, Ezk 8:18. *27 Job 27:9,Isa 1:15,Jer 11:11,14:12. *28 Mic 3:4.

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