Proverbs 1:4-14 NIV

4 for giving prudence to the simple,1 knowledge and discretion2 to the young--

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5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,3 and let the discerning get guidance--

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6 for understanding proverbs and parables,4 the sayings and riddles5 of the wise.6

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7 The fear of the LORD 7 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsa despise wisdom8 and discipline.9

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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,10 to your father's11 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.12

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          9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.13

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          10 My son, if sinners entice14 you, do not give in15 to them.16

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          11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait17 for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;

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          12 let's swallow18 them alive, like the grave,b and whole, like those who go down to the pit;19

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            • b 1:12 - Hebrew "Sheol"
              13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
              14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse20"--

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