Proverbs 1 - NIV

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:


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

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

4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
knowledge and discretion to the young—

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

6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men


a. Proverbs 1:4 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
b. Proverbs 1:6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable,and the sayings of the wise, their riddles
c. Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.

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