Proverbs 1: 7-19

[7] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Shun Evil Counsel
[8] My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
[9] For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
[10] My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
[11] If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
[12] Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,*
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
[13] We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
[14] Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
[15] My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
[16] For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
[17] Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
[18] But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
[19] So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

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