Proverbs 1-8 (Translated)

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Chapter 1

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; The proverbs of solomon the son of David, the King of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To know wisdom and instruction; to see the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment and evenness; (evenness מישׁר-mêyshâr evenness, that is, (figuratively) prosperity or concord; also straightness, that is, (figuratively) rectitude (only in plural with singular sense; often adverbially): - agreement, aright,
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. to give wisdom to the foolish, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: a wise man will listen and will learn and a understanding man will take wise advice:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. To understand a proverb and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools strongly hate wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: My son, hear the instructions of your father and don't abandon the law of your mother.
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. For they will be a ornament of grace on your head, and chains on your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. My son, Don' concede if sinners allure you,
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: If they say, "come with us, lets lay wait to kill, let's sneak secretly for innocent people without reason":
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: "let us swallow them alive and whole like the grave as those who Go down to the pit of Hell"
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: "We shall find all precious treasures, we'll fill our houses with spoils"
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: "Gamble and bet with us, we will all have one bag: purse (kı̂ys)a form for a cup; also a bag for money or weights: - bag, cup, purse.
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: My son, Don't go that way with them; keep your foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Because their feet run to evil and are quick to shed blood
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. surely in vain the net is spread where the bird can see it
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. and they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. its the same for everyone that is greedy of profit ; which kills the real owners of it.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: wisdom cries out; she utters her voice in the streets "she" is a personification of wisdom (feminine)
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? how long will you foolish people love foolishness? how long will scorners delight in their scorning, how long will fools hate knowledge? foolish (פּתי) also called simple or silly
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. tern to my correction: look, i will pour out my spirit into you, i will make my words known to you corection (תּוכחת תּוכחה) also called reproof, rebuking or chastening
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; Because i called but you refused; i have stretched out my hand, and no man gave heed
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: but you refused to take my advice, and engorge my correction correction (see verse 23)
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; i will also laugh at your destruction; i'll mock you when your fear comes,
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. when your fear comes like desolation, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind; when stress and anguish comes upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: then they will call upon me, but i'll ignore them, they will seek me, but they will not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: because they hated knowledge, and didn't choose to fear the LORD
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. they didn't take my advice, they hated my correction. correction (see verse 23)
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. therefore they eat the fruit of their way, and will be filled with their own devices
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. because of their turning away, the simple will kill them, the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. but those who listened to me will be safe, and they wont fear evil ones

Chapter 2

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Chapter 3

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: My son, don't forget my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. For Long days and a long life and for peace, you will have it all if you keep them.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: don't let mercy and truth leave you: keep them close to you write them on your heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. then you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and men.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and don't lean on your own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. acknowledge him in all your ways and he shall direct your paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. don't be wise in your own eyes: but fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. it will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: honour the LORD with your substance and with all your first-fruits:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. your barns shall be filled plentifully and your wine presses will burst with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: my son, don't hate the chastening of the LORD and don't get tired of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. because God corrects those who he loves like a father delights in his son.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. happy is he who finds wisdom and the man that understands.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. because merchandise of it is better then the merchandise of silver, and it gives more then fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. she is more precious then rubies and everything you want does not compare to her. "she" is a personification of wisdom (feminine)
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Long life is in her right hand; and in her left hand is riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. her ways are pleasant ways and her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. she is a tree of life to those who hold her those who retain her are happy.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. the LORD founded the earth by his wisdom; by his understanding has established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: my son, don't let them depart from thine eyes: keep your wisdom and discretion sound:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. then you will walk your way safely and your foot wont stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. then when you lie down, you will not be afraid, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. don't be afraid of sudden fear or the desolation of the wicked when it comes.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. for the LORD will be your confidence and will stop your foot from being taken.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. don' hold back goodness to those who it is due when you have the power to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. don't tell your neighbor "go and come back tomorrow, then i'll give it to you." when you have it with you. it could be the object the neighbor wants. or perhaps "it" is wisdom
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. don't devise evil against your neighbor, seeing that he dwells securely by you.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. dont argue with a man without a reason if he hasn't done you no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. Don't envy oppressors, don't choose his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. For the adverse is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. the curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked however he blesses the habitation of those who are just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. surely he scorns the scorners but he gives grace to those who are low lowly (עניו ענו) can also mean the following: humble, lowly, meek, poor.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. the wise will inherit glory, but shame set upon fools. set upon (רוּם) can also mean: fall upon

Chapter 4

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Chapter 5

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Chapter 6

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

Chapter 7

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Chapter 8

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.