Proverbs 1:2

“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To knowe wisedome and instruction, to perceiue the words of vnderstanding,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;
- American Standard Version (1901)

To have knowledge of wise teaching; to be clear about the words of reason:
- Basic English Bible

to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;
- Darby Bible

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
- Webster's Bible

to know wisdom and instruction; to discern the words of understanding;
- World English Bible

For knowing wisdom and instruction, For understanding sayings of intelligence,
- Youngs Literal Bible

To know wisdom and instruction; to comprehend the words of understanding;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 1:2


1:2 To know - Written to help men to know throughly and practically. Both human wisdom to conduct our affairs in this life, and Divine wisdom. Instruction - The instructions delivered either by God, or men, in order to the attainment of wisdom. To perceive - Which teach a man true understanding.


Discussion for Proverbs 1

  • Geraldine cole
    Everything about Jesus Is owsome! There is no one like him but His Father God .and The Holy Ghost he is a Gentleman study yiur bible to get to No them they are all One Amen
  • JP
    Hi Sheila. I very much feel like you, that there is so much to scripture it's difficult to know where to begin! However I think putting aside time for Holy Bible study is most worthwhile and you're doing exactly the right thing. I'd like to recommend you start with any of the four gospel books and perhaps a part of the OT that's fairly easy going, like Ecclesiates for example. May God bless you!
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    A true believer obeys out of "Fear of the Lord." Without the Fear of the Lord there is no love.
    Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, also found in the book of Psalms. If you do not have Fear of the Lord, you have no Godly wisdom. God is wisdom.
  • Veegee
    I read the statements and I would like to add a little clarity to some. God does want His children to fear Him. in a manner that you are aware of His power. However, He wants His children to obey out of love. Proverb gives us steps to take that leads to sound wisdom from on High. Veegee
  • Glenda Fay Rhames
    God is a God that wants us to love Him and not fear Him.Just like man's law you must obey. With disobedience comes consequences.God want us to love and obey him.That was the reason God came in the form of man, Jesus Christ to give us an example that we can see and feel. I don't fear God but I do fear getting on His bad side.I don't fear the police either. Bad side not for me. My Father is for me!
  • RTM girl
    Our God is a holy God-Consuming fire-Creator of all things-He killeth and Maketh alive- The First and the last-Provider-Great King! Shall we not fear before him? Knowing his statues and commandments we ought to fear enough to do them. For those who don't wish to learn of God and his statutes refuse wisdom and love simplicity. In their time of trouble they are w/o comfort and remedy!

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