Proverbs 1:8-19View Full Chapter
Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men 8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
11If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
14cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—
15my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
16for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.
17How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!
18These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!
19Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.