1. The proverbs of Solomon son of David, King of Israel.
2. To teach* wisdom and knowledge,* so as to reveal* them with intelligent words.*
3. And to receive discipline* and respect,* righteousness, judgment and veracity.
4. To give to the childish, sagacity; and [to give] to the children, knowledge and understanding.
5. The wise person shall listen and increase in wisdom, and the educated shall gain leadership [skills.]
6. To explain proverbs and allegories, and the words of the wise and their enigmas.
7. The height* of wisdom is the fear of Maryah; knowledge and discipline are hated by the abominable.
8. Listen, my son, to the law* of your father, and do not lose the law of your mother.
9. For they are a graceful [wreath] on your head, and the necklace on your neck.
10. My son, if sinners idolize you, do not allow yourself to be seduced.*
11. And if they say to you, "Come with us, [let us set] an ambush to shed blood, and to defraud the innocent through deception;
12. "And [let us] swallow him like Sheol [swallows] the living, and [like those] without blemish as they go down into the pit;
13. "We shall find all the wealth and honor, and fill our houses with spoils;
14. "Cast your lot between us, and let there be one sack for all of us;"
15. My son, do not go on the road with them, except stop your foot from following in their paths.
16. Because their feet run toward evil, and they are in a hurry to shed innocent blood.
17. And through deception they lay the trap for the bird.
18. They lay waiting for blood and hide their souls.
19. These are the ways of all those who perform abomination, and seek the souls of their owners.
20. Wisdom is praised in the marketplaces, and she raises her voice in the streets.
21. At the outset she preaches,* and she pronounces her words at the entrances of the doors to the shroud.*
22. Until when will you, O childish [ones,] love childishness, and you, ridiculers, will you desire the ridiculous, and you, fools, will you hate knowledge?
23. If you turn back on account of my admonition,* I shall issue forth my Spirit and declare to you my Milta.*
24. On account of I called and you did not believe, and I raised my hand and you did not listen.
25. And you spurned all my approaches, and you were not pleased with my rebukes.
26. I too laugh at your ruin* and become glad when trouble befalls you, and the destruction out of the calm.
27. And your ruin shall come like a whirlwind; and [it shall be thus] when there comes upon them the affliction and the consternation.
28. Then they will call on me and I shall not reply to them, and they shall stand before me and they will not find me.
29. On account of they hated knowledge and that they did not choose the fear of Maryah.*
30. And they were not pleased with my approaches, and they denigrated my rebukes.
31. And they shall eat of the fruit of their ways, and eat their fill of their own opinions.
32. Because of that the childishness of the retrograde kills them, and the deception of the poor in judgment misleads them.
33. And whoever listens to me, rests in hope and acquits himself of many evils.
*1:2.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Make known."
*1:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Education."
*1:2.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "expose."
*1:2.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Words of understanding."
*1:3.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Instruction."
*1:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Fear."
*1:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Head."
*1:8 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Religion."
*1:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Become sultry."
*1:21.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "At the head of creations she preaches."
*1:21.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic reference: "At the burial ceremony," or "Before the Holy of Holies."
*1:23.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "If you return to my rebuke."
*1:23.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
*1:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "Brokenness."
*1:29 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lord."
Proverbs 2 | Aramaic Bible Index