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Proverbs 1:7

    Proverbs 1:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.

    Webster's Revision

    The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

    World English Bible

    The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 1:7

    The fear of the Lord - In the preceding verses Solomon shows the advantage of acting according to the dictates of wisdom; in the following verses he shows the danger of acting contrary to them. The fear of the Lord signifies that religious reverence which every intelligent being owes to his Creator; and is often used to express the whole of religion, as we have frequently had occasion to remark in different places. But what is religion? The love of God, and the love of man; the former producing all obedience to the Divine will; the latter, every act of benevolence to one's fellows. The love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit produces the deepest religious reverence, genuine piety, and cheerful obedience. To love one's neighbor as himself is the second great commandment; and as love worketh no ill to one's neighbor, therefore it is said to be the fulfilling of the law. Without love, there is no obedience; without reverence, there is neither caution, consistent conduct, nor perseverance in righteousness.

    This fear or religious reverence is said to be the beginning of knowledge; ראשית reshith, the principle, the first moving influence, begotten in a tender conscience by the Spirit of God. No man can ever become truly wise, who does not begin with God, the fountain of knowledge; and he whose mind is influenced by the fear and love of God will learn more in a month than others will in a year.

    Fools despise - אוילים evilim, evil men. Men of bad hearts, bad heads, and bad ways.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 1:7

    The beginning of wisdom is found in the temper of reverence and awe. The fear of the finite in the presence of the Infinite, of the sinful in the presence of the Holy (compare Job 42:5-6), this for the Israelite was the starting-point of all true wisdom. In the Book of Job 28:28 it appears as an oracle accompanied by the noblest poetry. In Psalm 111:10 it comes as the choral close of a temple hymn. Here it is the watchword of a true ethical education. This fear has no torment, and is compatible with child-like love. But this and not love is the "beginning of wisdom." Through successive stages and by the discipline of life, love blends with it and makes it perfect.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 1:7

    1:7 The fear - Reverence and obedience to God. Beginning - The foundation without which all other knowledge is vain. Fools - That is, wicked men, are so far from attaining true wisdom, that they despise it, and all the means of getting it.

    Verses Related to Proverbs 1:7

    Psalms 94:12 - Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
    Psalms 39:11 - When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
    Proverbs 13:24 - He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.