How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Wisdom calls out these 3:
The Simple who love their simple ways.
The Mockers who delight in their sham.
The Fools who hate knowledge.
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A Garland And A Chain
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
Your father’s instruction
is a garland to grace your head,
and your mother’s teaching
is a chain to adorn your neck.
Heeding the instruction and teaching
from your parents brings you acclaim.
Fools Despise Wisdom And Instruction
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
When the book of Proverb speaks of fools,
it is referring to the spiritually foolish.
Fools despise the things of God
and condemn themselves to their own ignorance.
What Good Are Proverbs?
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,
knowledge and discretion to the young
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Proverbs are the sayings and riddles of the wise.
They are necessary for: