Proverbs 1:1-10 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Purpose of Proverbs

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 For gaining wisdom and being instructed; for understanding insightful sayings; 3 for receiving wise instruction [in] righteousness, justice, and integrity;a 4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,b knowledge and discretion to a young man- 5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning,c and a discerning man will obtain guidance- 6 for understanding a proverb or a parable,d the words of the wise, and their riddles.e 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;f fools despise wisdom and instruction.g h

Avoid the Path of the Violent

8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,i 9 for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a [gold] chain around your neck.j 10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.k
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