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.*
32 For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.