New American Standard Bible
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
King James Bible
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Darby Bible Translation
The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and instruction.
World English Bible
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
Young's Literal Translation
Fear of Jehovah is a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and instruction fools have despised!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
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"So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.
And you say, "How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
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