August 2, Proverbs 1:8-19, Hear

8Hear, my son, your father’s instruction

And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;







9Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head

And ornaments about your neck.

10My son, if sinners entice you,

Do not consent.

11If they say, “Come with us,

Let us lie in wait for blood,

Let us ambush the innocent without cause;

12Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,

Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;

13We will find all kinds of precious wealth,

We will fill our houses with spoil;

14Throw in your lot with us,

We shall all have one purse,”

15My son, do not walk in the way with them.

Keep your feet from their path,

16For their feet run to evil

And they hasten to shed blood.

17Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net

In the sight of any bird;

18But they lie in wait for their own blood;

They ambush their own lives.

19So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence;

It takes away the life of its possessors.


Action: How does violence take away life from those who practice it?