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Proverbs 1:1-6

Wise Sayings of Solomon

A Manual for Living

1-6These are the wise sayings of Solomon,

David's son, Israel's king—

Written down so we'll know how to live well and right,

to understand what life means and where it's going;

A manual for living,

for learning what's right and just and fair;

To teach the inexperienced the ropes

and give our young people a grasp on reality.

There's something here also for seasoned men and women,

still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—

Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,

the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

Start with God

7Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;

only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.