Chapter 1

Important proverbs

1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

2 Here are the proverbs that will make you wise. They will help you to understand good messages even when they are difficult.

3 They can help you to understand life. They can teach you how to live a good honest life. And they can teach you how to be fair to everyone.

4 They can cause a person who knows nothing to become clever. And they teach young people what they should know. And they teach them the right way to live.

5 These proverbs can even make wise people more wise. And to those who love to learn, they can give help to know more.

6 In that way, they can understand the thoughts that wise men have hidden in their proverbs and in their words.

Good words for young people

7 You must be afraid of the Lord, even before you begin to learn anything. People who are fools do not listen to wise words. They refuse to learn them.

8 Listen, my son, to the words of your father. And do not forget what your mother taught you.

9 A circle of leaves round your head and a chain round your neck make you more beautiful. In the same way, what your father and mother teach you will make you a better person.

10 When bad men try to cause you to sin, my son, do not do it.

11 They may say, ‘Come with us. We will find someone to kill. We will attack people who have not done anything wrong.

12 They may be alive and well when we find them. But they will be dead when we leave them.

13 We will get lots of valuable things and we will fill our houses with them.

14 Come and join us. Our money will be your money. And your money will be our money.’

15 My son, do not go with people like that. Stay away from them.

16 They cannot wait to do something bad. They are always in a hurry to kill.

17 The bird that you want to catch may be watching you. So do not show the bird how you will catch it.

18 In the same way, these men want to kill other men. But in the end, they will die themselves.

19 This is the end of everyone who will kill people to take things from them. That person will die himself as a

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