The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Proverbs 1:7
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7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10
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10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Importance of Proverbs in Bible

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:2-6
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2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,

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

4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion

5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.

Discretion Definition

Noun

  1. The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information.
  2. The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation.

Enigma

Noun

  1. A person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand.

Get Wisdom and Escape from

  • Calamity
  • Terror
  • Destruction
  • Distress
  • Anguish
  • Slay
  • Destroy

Get Wisdom and 

  • Dwell safely
  • Be secure
  • Eat Godly fruit
  • Filled with Godly fancies
  • No fear of evil

Proverbs 1:24-33
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24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8:5-8
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4 “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

Proverbs 8:14
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14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.

Proverbs 8:35
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35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;

Are we in search of wisdom?

Are we in search of wisdom? Or Wisdom is in search of us?

Proverbs 1:20-25
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The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,

Proverbs 1:29-30
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29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.

Proverbs 8:1-3
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8 Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:

Proverbs 9:1-6
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The Way of Wisdom

9 Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 She has slaughtered her meat,
She has mixed her wine,
She has also furnished her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens,
She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.

The ways of everyone who is greedy for gain

Proverbs 1:10-19

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10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

Proverbs 15:27
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27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.