Proverbs 1:5–9; Proverbs 1:23; Proverbs 2:1–6; Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 13:1; Proverbs 13:10; Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 14:6–8; Proverbs 14:18; Proverbs 14:29; Proverbs 14:33; Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 15:31–33; Proverbs 16:16; Proverbs 16:21; Proverbs 17:24; Proverbs 18:15; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 20:5; Proverbs 20:18; Proverbs 21:11; Proverbs 22:17–21; Proverbs 23:19; Proverbs 23:22–23; Proverbs 24:13–14; Proverbs 28:5; Proverbs 29:15

Let the wise hear and eincrease in learning,

and the one who understands obtain guidance,

to understand a proverb and a saying,

fthe words of the wise and their griddles.

hThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Enticement of Sinners

iHear, my son, your father's instruction,

and forsake not your mother's teaching,

for they are ja graceful garland for your head

and kpendants for your neck.


23  If you turn at my reproof,1

behold, I will dpour out my spirit to you;

I will make my words known to you.


The Value of Wisdom

uMy son, vif you receive my words

and treasure up my commandments with you,

making your ear attentive to wisdom

and inclining your heart to understanding;

yes, if you call out for insight

and raise your voice wfor understanding,

if you seek it like xsilver

and search for it as for yhidden treasures,

then zyou will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

For athe Lord gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;


cWhen pride comes, then comes disgrace,

but with dthe humble is wisdom.


15  yThe way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

but a wise man listens to advice.


13  A wise son hears his father's instruction,

but qa scoffer does not listen to rebuke.


10  fBy insolence comes nothing but strife,

but with those who take advice is wisdom.


20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,

but the companion of fools will suffer harm.


nA scoffer seeks wisdom oin vain,

but pknowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Leave the presence of a fool,

for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.


18  The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.


29  Whoever is sslow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.


33  Wisdom brests in the heart of a man of understanding,

but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.1


14  zThe heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,

but the mouths of fools feed on folly.


31  eThe ear that listens to flife-giving reproof

will dwell among the wise.

32  Whoever gignores instruction hdespises himself,

but he who listens to reproof igains intelligence.

33  jThe fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and khumility comes before honor.


16  iHow much better to get wisdom than jgold!

To get understanding is to be chosen rather than ksilver.


21  The wise of heart is called discerning,

and sweetness of speech rincreases persuasiveness.


24  sThe discerning sets his face toward wisdom,

but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.


15  An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,

and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.


20  Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom in hthe future.


The purpose in a man's heart is like gdeep water,

but a man of understanding will draw it out.


18  bPlans are established by counsel;

by cwise guidance dwage war.


11  When oa scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;

when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.


Words of the Wise

17  pIncline your ear, and hear qthe words of the wise,

rand apply your heart to my knowledge,

18  for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

19  That your trust may be in the Lord,

I have made them known to you today, even to you.

20  Have I not written for you sthirty sayings

of counsel and knowledge,

21  to tmake you know what is right and true,

that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?


19  Hear, my son, and xbe wise,

and ydirect your heart in the way.


22  cListen to your father who gave you life,

dand do not despise your mother when she is old.

23  eBuy truth, and do not sell it;

buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.


13  My son, oeat honey, for it is good,

and pthe drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.

14  Know that wisdom is such to your soul;

if you find it, there will be qa future,

and your hope will not be cut off.


Evil men ido not understand justice,

but those who seek the Lord junderstand it completely.


15  vThe rod and reproof give wisdom,

but a child left to himself wbrings shame to his mother.