The Purpose of Proverbs 1: 1-7

 1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,

      to help them understand the insights of the wise.

 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,

to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

 4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,

      knowledge and discernment to the young.

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

      Let those with understanding receive guidance

 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,

      the words of the wise and their riddles.

 7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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