6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.a
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    • 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 foolsb despise wisdom and instruction.
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        • 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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          13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;
          14 cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”—
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              15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
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              16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.
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