Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The feare of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fooles despise wisedome and instruction.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; `But' the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.
- Basic English Bible

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- Darby Bible

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- Webster's Bible

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
- World English Bible

Fear of Jehovah [is] a beginning of knowledge, Wisdom and instruction fools have despised!
- Youngs Literal Bible

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and discipline.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 1:7


1:7 The fear - Reverence and obedience to God. Beginning - The foundation without which all other knowledge is vain. Fools - That is, wicked men, are so far from attaining true wisdom, that they despise it, and all the means of getting it.


Discussion for Proverbs 1

  • Irene123
    To Frances on Pro. ch.1 - I hope you read Acts ch. 2 also )Acts 2:37-38 - :men and brethren, what shall we do? .....................)
  • FRANCES
    I read Proverbs daily It's my life line.
  • Gwenie Day
    i truly Love the Holy words of the Lord,the book of Proverbs is such wisdom and knowledge i wish i learned it before it had been showed me,thank you Jesus.fore the New Baby in Christ,please keep seeking you won't go wrong,Pray for strength in Gods Holy Words.Keep your Faith,God Bless you all
  • Randy McClarity
    I'm a babe in Christ but I'm gaining wisdom from proverbs daily
  • Abdul malik
    Proverbs was the first book in the bible I ever tread, I took notes from each chapter. I copied each verse that I felt was meant for me. I teach the inmates at my job to do the same. My Love for God grows daily1
  • Mark
    The Book of proverbs is wisdom and instruction,,it will warn you from the ways of evil,,

    thanks to God and God bless us all,,