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

The Purpose of Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,[a]
knowledge and discretion to a young man—
a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
for understanding a proverb or a parable,[b]
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 1:4 Or simple, or gullible
  2. Proverbs 1:6 Or an enigma

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