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Proverbs 1:5–7

5 A wise man will hear and aincrease in learning,

And a bman of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

6 To understand a proverb and a figure,

The words of the wise and their ariddles.

7 aThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Proverbs 1:5–7 — The New International Version (NIV)

let the wise listen and add to their learning,

and let the discerning get guidance—

for understanding proverbs and parables,

the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Let the wise hear and increase in learning,

and the one who understands obtain guidance,

to understand a proverb and a saying,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;

And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;

The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.

Let those with understanding receive guidance

by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

A wise man will hear and increase learning,

And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

To understand a proverb and an enigma,

The words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — New Century Version (NCV)

Wise people can also listen and learn;

even they can find good advice in these words.

Then anyone can understand wise words and stories,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord,

but fools hate wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;

And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:

To understand a proverb, and a figure,

The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge;

But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

He that is wise will hear, and will increase learning; and the intelligent will gain wise counsels: to understand a proverb and an allegory, the words of the wise and their enigmas.

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

a wise person will listen and continue to learn,

and an understanding person will gain direction—

to understand a proverb and a clever saying,

the words of wise people and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

a wise man will listen and increase his learning,

and a discerning man will obtain guidance—

for understanding a proverb or a parable,

the words of the wise, and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord

is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

let the wise also hear and gain in learning,

and the discerning acquire skill,

to understand a proverb and a figure,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

may the wise hear and increase learning,

and the one who understands gain direction,

to understand a proverb and an expression,

words of wisdom and their riddles.

Fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge;

wisdom and instruction, fools despise.

Proverbs 1:5–7 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned.

Let those who understand what is right get guidance.

What I’m teaching also helps you understand proverbs and stories.

It helps you understand the sayings and riddles of those who are wise.

If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord.

But foolish people hate wisdom and training.