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4Q102 Proverbsa

Language: Hebrew

Date: 30 B.C. - 68 A.D.

Location: Qumran Cave 4

Contents: Proverbs 1:27-2:1


Proverbs 1

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind;

when distress and anguish come on you.

28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer.

They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

29 because they hated knowledge,

and didn’t choose the fear of Yahweh.

30 They wanted none of my counsel.

They despised all my reproof.

31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,

and be filled with their own schemes.

32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.

The careless ease of fools will destroy them.

33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,

and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”


Proverbs 2

My son, if you will receive my words,

and store up my commandments within you;



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