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Proverbs 1:1–9

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Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbsa of Solomonb son of David, king of Israel:c

for gaining wisdom and instruction;

for understanding words of insight;

for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,

doing what is right and just and fair;

for giving prudence to those who are simple,a d

knowledge and discretione to the young—

let the wise listen and add to their learning,f

and let the discerning get guidance—

for understanding proverbs and parables,g

the sayings and riddlesh of the wise.b i

The fear of the Lordj is the beginning of knowledge,

but foolsc despise wisdomk and instruction.l

Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

Listen, my son,m to your father’sn instruction

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.o

They are a garland to grace your head

and a chain to adorn your neck.p

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The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.

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Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles

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The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.

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