To know wisdom and instruction,
To [a]perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the (A)simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
(B)A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will [b]attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their (C)riddles.

(D)The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Shun Evil Counsel

(E)My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a (F)graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 1:2 understand or discern
  2. Proverbs 1:5 acquire