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Proverbs 1:5-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
for understanding a proverb or a parable,[a]
the words of the wise, and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 1:6 Or an enigma

Proverbs 1:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.[a]

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

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 1:6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles
  2. Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.
New International Version (NIV)

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