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Proverbs 9:6

ESV Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
NIV Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.'
NASB Abandon your foolishness and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.'
CSB Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.
NLT Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.'
KJV Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

What does Proverbs 9:6 mean?

The personification of Wisdom as a wealthy, generous, benevolent woman (Proverbs 9:1–5) calls those who are simple and lacking good judgment to leave ignorance behind. Instead, they can take what she offers, resulting in life. Scripture makes it clear that true wisdom does not begin with intelligence or education; it starts with respect for God (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Those who seek God's truth can grow in godly wisdom, even if they were lacking sense beforehand (Proverbs 8:5). In a very similar way, basic spiritual insight requires a proper relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:14).

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul contrasts the condition of believers to the state they were in when God called them: "not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:26–30).

On a similar note, Paul tells the Ephesian believers: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:4–5, 10). Because of the great transformation the Lord has made in our lives, we can "walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:5).
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