Fear of Jehovah is a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and instruction fools have despised!
Proverbs 1:7 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...
Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Proverbs 1:22,29,30 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge...
Proverbs 5:12,13 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof...
Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
John 3:18-21 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already...
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...
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