The Beginning of Knowledge
a The 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 b righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to c the simple,
knowledge and d discretion to the youth -
Let the wise hear and e increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
f the words of the wise and their g riddles.
h The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
1 Kings 4:32
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path.
O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.
My son, do not lose sight of these - keep sound wisdom and discretion.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.
And Samson said to them, "Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
And he said to man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'