The Beginning of Wisdom
Proverbs 1:1-7
Here's the first and fundamental lesson for all who want to be wise.
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Published October 17th, 2018; Updated October 17th, 2018
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Here is wisdom for living right and well, so listen up and understand: it all begins with the fear of the Lord.
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a The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
The wise words of [written by] Solomon, descendant of God's covenant-king, ruler of God's covenant-people.
To know wisdom and instruction,
[Here's the purpose of these proverbs] To know how to live right and well, and to be taught about it,
to understand words of insight,
[that is] to understand wise words,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
{and] to learn about wise conduct,
in b righteousness, justice, and equity;
[that is] what is right, just, and fair;
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to give prudence to c the simple,
[and] to give good sense to those who lack it,
knowledge and d discretion to the youth—
[and] knowledge and discretion to the young person--
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Let the wise hear
[Therefore] Those who are wise, listen up!
and e increase in learning,
and learn even more,
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and the one who understands obtain guidance,
and those who have understanding acquire wisdom
to understand a proverb and a saying,
to understand wise words and an enigma,
f the words of the wise and their g riddles.
[that is] the sayings of the wise and their riddles.
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h The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
[Now here's the first and fundamental lesson:] To revere the Lord in awe is the beginning of understanding reality;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
but fools hate the knowledge of living right and well, and the teaching of that subject.
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There are three spheres of wisdom here: intellectual (v. 2b), moral (v. 3), and practical (v. 4).
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Proverbs The Beginning of Knowledge 1 1 a The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in b righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to c the simple, knowledge and d discretion to the youth— 5 Let the wise hear and e increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6 to understand a proverb and a saying, f the words of the wise and their g riddles. 7 h The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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