Proverbs 1New International Version (NIV)
Purpose and Theme
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
Proverbs 1New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Usefulness of Proverbs
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
The Enticement of Sinners
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
20 Wisdom shouts in the street,
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