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1 THE PROVERBS of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to comprehend the words of understanding;
2 in order to know wisdom and discipline,
3 To receive the discipline of wisdom, justice, and right, and equity;
3 to receive also hard saying, and to understand true justice, and how to direct judgement;
3 to understand words of prudence, and to accept the instruction of doctrine, justice and judgment, and equity,
4 To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion;
4 that he might give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man discernment and understanding.
4 so as to give discernment to little ones, knowledge and understanding to adolescents.
5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning, and the man of understanding may attain unto wise counsels;
5 By listening, the wise shall become wiser and the intelligent shall possess governments.
6 To understand a proverb, and a figure; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
6 and will understand a parable, and a dark speech; the saying of the wise also, and riddles.
6 He shall turn his soul to a parable and to its interpretation, to the words of the wise and their enigmas.
7 The fear of YHWH is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and discipline.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and there is good understanding to all that practise it: and piety toward God is the beginning of discernment; but the ungodly will set at nought wisdom and instruction.
7 The reverence of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise knowledge and instruction.