Proverbs 1:1-7

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Purpose and Theme 1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

3for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;

4for giving prudence to those who are simple, The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil. knowledge and discretion to the young—

5let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

6for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles

7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient. despise wisdom and instruction.