Proverbs 1:8-19 Reading the Passage

Be A Wise Son (or Daughter) – Proverbs 1:8-19

1 (8) Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; (9) for they will be a wreath to grace your head and a decorative chain around your neck. (10) My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. (11) If they say, Come along with us. Let us lie in wait for someone’s blood; let us ambush the innocent without a just cause for doing him harm. (12) Let us swallow them up alive, like Sheol; let us devour them,* like those who descend into the pit. (13) We will get all sorts of valuable things; we will fill our houses with plunder. (14) Throw in your lot with us, we will all have a common purse! (15) My son, do not walk along the road with them; do not set foot on their path; (16) for their feet run to evil, and they are eager to shed blood. (17) It is useless to spread a net in full view of any bird. (18) But these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives! (19) The same is true of everyone who is greedy to gain riches—it deprives the owners of their lives.

*Literally, “let us swallow them whole”

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.