If you are too lazy to plow,
    don’t expect a harvest (Proverbs 20:4)

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My son,
    listen to your father’s discipline,
        and do not neglect your mother’s teachings,
             because discipline and teachings
                are a graceful garland on your head
                    and a golden chain around your neck (Proverbs 1:8-9)

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Listen to advice and accept discipline
    so that you may be wise the rest of your life.
Many plans are in the human heart,
    but the advice of Yahweh will endure (Proverbs 19:20-21)

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Do not brag about tomorrow,
    because you do not know what another day may bring (Proverbs 27:1)

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A person’s fear sets a trap for him,
    but one who trusts Yahweh is safe (Proverbs 29:25)

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Proverbs 2 (Contemporary English Version)

Wisdom and Bad Friends

My child, you must follow
and treasure
    my teachings
    and my instructions.
Keep in tune with wisdom
    and think what it means
    to have common sense.
Beg as loud as you can
    for good common sense.
Search for wisdom
    as you would search for silver
    or hidden treasure.
Then you will understand
what it means to respect
    and to know theLord God.

All wisdom comes from the Lord,
    and so do common sense
    and understanding.
God gives helpful advice[a]
    to everyone who obeys him
    and protects all of those
    who live as they should.
God sees that justice is done,
    and he watches over everyone
    who is faithful to him.
With wisdom you will learn
    what is right
    and honest and fair.

10 Wisdom will control your mind,
    and you will be pleased
    with knowledge.
11 Sound judgment and good sense
    will watch over you.
12 Wisdom will protect you
    from evil schemes
and from those liars
13     who turned from doing good
    to live in the darkness.
14 Most of all they enjoy
    being mean and deceitful.
15 They are dishonest themselves,
    and all they do is crooked.

Wisdom and Sexual Purity

16 Wisdom will protect you
    from the smooth talk
    of a sinful woman,
17 who breaks her wedding vows
    and leaves the man she married
    when she was young.
18 The road to her house leads
down
    to the dark world
    of the dead.
19 Visit her, and you will never
    find the road to life again.

20 Follow the example
of good people
    and live an honest life.
21 If you are honest and innocent,
    you will keep your land;
22 if you do wrong
and can never be trusted,
    you will be rooted out

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Proverbs 1 (Contemporary English Version)

How Proverbs Can Be Used

These are the proverbs
of King Solomon of Israel,
    the son of David.
Proverbs will teach you
    wisdom and self-control
    and how to understand
    sayings with deep meanings.
You will learn what is right
    and honest and fair.
From these, an ordinary person
    can learn to be smart,
    and young people can gain
    knowledge and good sense.

If you are already wise,
    you will become even wiser.
And if you are smart,
you will learn to understand
    proverbs and sayings,
as well as words of wisdom
    and all kinds of riddles.
Respect and obey theLord!
This is the beginning
    of knowledge.[a]
    Only a fool rejects wisdom
    and good advice.

Warnings against Bad Friends

My child, obey the teachings
    of your parents,
and wear their teachings
as you would a lovely hat
    or a pretty necklace.
10 Don’t be tempted by sinners
    or listen11 when they say,
“Come on! Let’s gang up
and kill somebody,
    just for the fun of it!
12 They’re well and healthy now,
    but we’ll finish them off
    once and for all.
13 We’ll take their valuables
    and fill our homes
    with stolen goods.
14 If you join our gang,
    you’ll get your share.”

15 Don’t follow anyone like that
    or do what they do.
16 They are in a big hurry
to commit some crime,
    perhaps even murder.
17 They are like a bird
that sees the bait,
    but ignores the trap.[b]
18 They gang up to murder someone,
    but they are the victims.
19 The wealth you get from crime
    robs you of your life.

Wisdom Speaks

20 Wisdom[c]shouts in the streets
    wherever crowds gather.
21 She shouts in the marketplaces
and near the city gates
    as she says to the people,
22 “How much longer
will you enjoy
    being stupid fools?
Won’t you ever stop sneering
    and laughing at knowledge?
23     Listen as I correct you
    and tell you what I think.
24 You completely ignored me
    and refused to listen;
25 you rejected my advice
and paid no attention
    when I warned you.

26 “So when you are struck
    by some terrible disaster,
27 or when trouble and distress
surround you like a whirlwind,
    I will laugh and make fun.
28 You will ask for my help,
    but I won’t listen;
    you will search,
    but you won’t find me.
29 No, you would not learn,
    and you refused
    to respect the Lord.
30 You rejected my advice
and paid no attention
    when I warned you.

31 “Now you will eat the fruit
    of what you have done,
    until you are stuffed full
    with your own schemes.
32 Sin and self-satisfaction
bring destruction and death
    to stupid fools.
33 But if you listen to me,
you will be safe and secure
    without fear of disaster.”

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