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Proverbs 1:1-7 (New International Version)

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Prologue: Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs1 of Solomon2 son of David, king of Israel:3 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the simple,4 knowledge and discretion5 to the young-- 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,6 and let the discerning get guidance-- 6 for understanding proverbs and parables,7 the sayings and riddles8 of the wise.9 7 The fear of the LORD 10 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsa despise wisdom11 and discipline.12
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