11 Come, my children, listen(A) to me;
    I will teach you(B) the fear of the Lord.(C)

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10 The fear of the Lord(A) is the beginning of wisdom;(B)
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.(C)
    To him belongs eternal praise.(D)

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The fear of the Lord(A) is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools[a] despise wisdom(B) and instruction.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God(A) and keep his commandments,(B)
    for this is the duty of all mankind.(C)

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He will be the sure foundation for your times,
    a rich store of salvation(A) and wisdom and knowledge;
    the fear(B) of the Lord is the key to this treasure.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 33:6 Or is a treasure from him