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Proverbs 1:6-8New International Version (NIV)

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.

Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

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.
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