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