1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing, in 2righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to 3the simple, knowledge and 4discretion to the youth--
Let the wise hear and 5increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying, 6the words of the wise and their 7riddles.
8The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.