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

  • Lilian
    For God is love and his words is our life. Jesus is faithful for those who are diligently seeking him He will pour out his knowledge and will help us to understand his words. I believe the bible was provided for us to believe not to figure out. John1.1 In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word was God. Amen how loving Jesus for giving his blood and life for us.
  • Ulysses McCall
    Proverbs is the book for daily living. A book that should be read everyday for daily living that day. I thank God for the wisdom of Solomon to help me learn to obey God. For we know that our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ is our wisdom of God for us. Amen.
  • Norm
    The word 'apocrypha' means 'hidden.' -KJV Bible Team Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
  • JD James Matthew Davis
    Proverbs ! is Romans chapter 1 verses 18 -32 amazing I never quit thought about it before it was plain as Day when I read it here. Great Promise From The Lord that all are Blessed that seek The Lord and have obedience to His Will and Folly and Tumult will result when Someone seeks only there Own Will . thank You fgor Your website JD
  • Geraldine cole
    Everything about Jesus Is owsome! There is no one like him but His Father God .and The Holy Ghost he is a Gentleman study yiur bible to get to No them they are all One Amen
  • JP
    Hi Sheila. I very much feel like you, that there is so much to scripture it's difficult to know where to begin! However I think putting aside time for Holy Bible study is most worthwhile and you're doing exactly the right thing. I'd like to recommend you start with any of the four gospel books and perhaps a part of the OT that's fairly easy going, like Ecclesiates for example. May God bless you!