Proverbs 1:6-16 NIV

6 for understanding proverbs and parables,1 the sayings and riddles2 of the wise.3

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7 The fear of the LORD 4 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsa despise wisdom5 and discipline.6

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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,7 to your father's8 instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.9

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          9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.10

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          10 My son, if sinners entice11 you, do not give in12 to them.13

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          11 If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait14 for someone's blood, let's waylay some harmless soul;

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          12 let's swallow15 them alive, like the grave,b and whole, like those who go down to the pit;16

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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 purse17"--

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                  15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot18 on their paths;19

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                  16 for their feet rush into sin,20 they are swift to shed blood.21

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