Proverbs 1:1-10 NIV

Prologue: Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs1 of Solomon2 son of David, king of Israel:3

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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--

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5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,6 and let the discerning get guidance--

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6 for understanding proverbs and parables,7 the sayings and riddles8 of the wise.9

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7 The fear of the LORD 10 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsa despise wisdom11 and discipline.12

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

      Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

      Warning Against Enticement

      8 Listen, my son,13 to your father's14 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.15

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          9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.16

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          10 My son, if sinners entice17 you, do not give in18 to them.19

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