Proverbs 1:1-7 TNIV

Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs1 of Solomon2 son of David, king of Israel:3

References for Proverbs 1:1

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,a4 knowledge and discretion5 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,6 and let the discerning get guidance--

      References for Proverbs 1:5

      6 for understanding proverbs and parables,7 the sayings and riddles8 of the wise.b9

      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 10 is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsc despise wisdom11 and instruction.12

          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.