1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,aknowledge and discretion to the young—

References for Proverbs 1:4

    • a 1:4 - The Hebrew word rendered "simple" in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
      5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—

      References for Proverbs 1:5

      6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.b

      References for Proverbs 1:6

        • b 1:6 - Or "understanding a proverb, namely, a parable," / "and the sayings of the wise, their riddles"
          7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsc despise wisdom and instruction.

          References for Proverbs 1:7

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

              Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

              Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

              8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
              9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

              References for Proverbs 1:9