“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”



This verse reminds us that respect for God is a foundational truth to all wisdom. As such, we must avoid becoming too full of ourselves with our own knowledge and trust that God is in control. And in everything, recognize God is present and He will make our lives work out for the greater good.

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

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Proverbs 9:10 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The fear יִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the beginning תְּחִלַּ֣ת A commencement; relatively original (adverb, -ly) beginning
of wisdom: חָ֭כְמָה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
and the knowledge וְדַ֖עַת Knowledge knowledge
of the holy קְדֹשִׁ֣ים Sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary holy
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
understanding. בִּינָֽה׃ Understanding understanding

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  • 8  Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

  • 9  Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

  • 10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

  • 11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

  • 12  If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.


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