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—
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      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.
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              10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
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              11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;
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              12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
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