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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 1

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1 The Parables of Salomon the sonne of Dauid King of Israel,

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2 To knowe wisdome, and instruction, to vnderstand ye wordes of knowledge,

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3 To receiue instruction to do wisely, by iustice and iudgement and equitie,

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4 To giue vnto the simple, sharpenesse of wit, and to the childe knowledge and discretion.

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5 A wise man shall heare and increase in learning, and a man of vnderstanding shall attayne vnto wise counsels,

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6 To vnderstand a parable, and the interpretation, the wordes of ye wise, and their darke sayings.

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7 The feare of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fooles despise wisedome and instruction.

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8 My sonne, heare thy fathers instruction, and forsake not thy mothers teaching.

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9 For they shalbe a comely ornament vnto thine head, and as chaines for thy necke.

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10 My sonne, if sinners doe intise thee, consent thou not.

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11 If they say, Come with vs, we will lay waite for blood, and lie priuilie for the innocent without a cause:

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12 We wil swallow them vp aliue like a graue euen whole, as those that goe downe into the pit:

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13 We shall finde all precious riches, and fill our houses with spoyle:

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14 Cast in thy lot among vs: we will all haue one purse:

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15 My sonne, walke not thou in the way with them: refraine thy foote from their path.

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16 For their feete runne to euill, and make haste to shed blood.

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17 Certainely as without cause the net is spred before the eyes of all that hath wing:

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18 So they lay waite for blood and lie priuily for their liues.

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19 Such are the wayes of euery one that is greedy of gaine: he would take away the life of the owners thereof.

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20 Wisdome cryeth without: she vttereth her voyce in the streetes.

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21 She calleth in the hye streete, among the prease in the entrings of the gates, and vttereth her wordes in the citie, saying,

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22 O ye foolish, howe long will ye loue foolishnes? and the scornefull take their pleasure in scorning, and the fooles hate knowledge?

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23 (Turne you at my correction: loe, I will powre out my mind vnto you, and make you vnderstand my wordes)

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24 Because I haue called, and ye refused: I haue stretched out mine hand, and none woulde regarde.

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25 But ye haue despised all my counsell, and would none of my correction.

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26 I will also laugh at your destruction, and mocke, when your feare commeth.

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27 Whe your feare cometh like sudden desolation, and your destruction shall come like a whirle wind: whe affliction and anguish shall come vpon you,

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28 Then shall they call vpon me, but I will not answere: they shall seeke me early, but they shall not finde me,

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29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not chuse the feare of the Lord.

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30 They would none of my counsell, but despised all my correction.

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31 Therefore shall they eate of ye fruite of their owne way, and be filled with their owne deuises.

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32 For ease slaieth the foolish, and the prosperitie of fooles destroyeth them.

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33 But he that obeyeth me, shall dwell safely, and be quiet from feare of euill.

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