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

  • A disciple
    Brandie; It is so glaringly apparent that the Churches are teaching FALSE DOCTRINE! God was not more severe to the people of old time under the first covenant, than to the people from the time of Christ's first coming; but for Jesus' sake He waits for the fullness of the Nations to come in.
  • Brandie Burleson
    In response to Sinner82, this is the old testament before Jesus came. God's judgment was harsher before Jesus. He did not enjoy destroying the wicked, that's why He sent His son to die so that sinners like us would no longer be destroyed, but have a way for forgiveness.
  • A disciple
    Sinner; Perhaps you should try and read the chapter again a few times, slowly; and take note. It is not about God taking pleasure in bringing evil upon you, as you blasphemously suggest; but about men, as God's sons, should hear their Father's instructions, and take a course in life after His good character; and not be a defiant sinner and heathen; in the end good for nothing but to be destroyed.
  • BSP
    Verse 5: A wise person is willing to listen and learn.
  • Sinner82
    I thought He took no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked.....this doesn't add up
  • BSP
    Verse 10: Those who are doing bad things may try to entice others to join them in their bad course but here we are warned not to follow them and consent.

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