Proverbs 1:5

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A wise man wil heare, and wil increase learning: and a man of vnderstanding shall attaine vnto wise counsels:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:
- American Standard Version (1901)

(The wise man, hearing, will get greater learning, and the acts of the man of good sense will be wisely guided:)
- Basic English Bible

He that is wise will hear, and will increase learning; and the intelligent will gain wise counsels:
- Darby Bible

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:
- Webster's Bible

that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:
- World English Bible

(The wise doth hear and increaseth learning, And the intelligent doth obtain counsels.)
- Youngs Literal Bible

That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning, and the man of understanding may attain unto wise counsels;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 1:5


1:5 Will hear - Is willing to learn. Attain to - The art of governing himself or others.


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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