To understand wise sayings;
To give a young man knowledge and thinking ability.+
The words of the wise and their riddles.+
Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.+
11 If they say: “Come with us.
Let us set an ambush to shed blood.
We will lie hidden, waiting for innocent victims without cause.
13 Let us seize all their precious treasures;
We will fill our houses with spoil.
15 My son, do not follow them.
17 It is surely in vain to spread a net in full sight of a bird.
19 These are the ways of those seeking dishonest profit,
It keeps raising its voice in the public squares.+
At the entrances of the city gates it says:+
22 “How long will you inexperienced ones love inexperience?
How long will you ridiculers take pleasure in ridicule?
And how long will you foolish ones hate knowledge?+
Then I will pour out my spirit for you;
I will make my words known to you.+
24 Because I called out, but you kept refusing,
I stretched out my hand, but no one was paying attention,+
25 You kept neglecting all my advice
And rejecting my reproof,
26 I also will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when what you dread comes,+
27 When what you dread comes like a storm,
And your disaster arrives like a storm wind,
When distress and trouble come upon you.
28 At that time they will keep calling me, but I will not answer;
They will eagerly look for me, but they will not find me,+
And they did not choose to fear Jehovah.+
30 They refused my advice;
They disrespected all my reproof.
And they will be glutted with their own counsel.d
32 For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.