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Fear of the Lord - the beginning of Wisdom. Proverbs 1: 7

This essay depicts, from an exegetical point of view, the mere coordinates of King Solomon special verse regarding the nature of wisdom. Begining with a noun („fear") in this case, wisdom or knowledge (like ESV Bible translates it),  it is the core of the book, because the quest for wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. The reason why the fear of the Lord is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom is that moral life begins with reverence and humility before the Maker and Redeemer. The idea of a quest for knowledge sets biblical wisdom in the broad context of the ancient searching for truth. In addition, the verse asserts that fools despise wisdom and instruction, thus setting up the alternative between the two ways of wisdom and foolishness. This contrast dominates the entire book of Proverbs.
Keywords: fear of the Lord, wisdom, truth, foolish action