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

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Proverbs 1:2 Translation & Meaning

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To know לָדַ֣עַת To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) know
wisdom חָכְמָ֣ה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
and instruction; וּמוּסָ֑ר Properly, chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint instruction
to perceive לְ֝הָבִ֗ין To separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e., (generally) understand perceive
the words אִמְרֵ֥י Something said words
of understanding; בִינָֽה׃ Understanding understanding

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  • 1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

  • 2  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

  • 3  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

  • 4  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.


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