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

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:20 HAVE NOT I WRITTEN TO THEE EXCELLENT THINGS IN COUNSELS AND KNOWLEDGE --22:21--THAT I MIGHT MAKE THEE KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF -- THE WORDS OF TRUTH --THAT THOU MIGHTEST ANSWER THE WORDS OF TRUTH TO THEM THAT SEND UNTO THEE PROVERBS 8:14 COUNSEL IS MINE AND SOUND WISDOM I AM UNDERSTANDING I HAVE STRENGTH
  • Elsie Hudson
    The beginning of wisdom, is to fear, respect and uphold the instructions and counsel of "wise persons - our parents inclusive" - Amen!
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 1:15 MY SON WALK NOT THOU IN THE WAY WITH THEM REFRAIN THY FOOT FROM THEIR PATH-1:16-FOR THEIR FEET RUN TO EVIL AND MAKE HASTE TO SHED BLOOD ACTS 20:26 WHEREFORE I TAKE YOU TO RECORD THIS DAY THAT I AMM PURE FROM THE BLOOD OF ALL MEN-20:27-FOR I HAVE NOT SHUNNED TO DECLARE UNTO YOU ALL THE COUNSEL OF GOD ACTS 5:20 GO STAND AND SPEAK IN THE TEMPLE TO THE PEOPLE ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LIFE
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 1:25 BUT YOU HAVE SET AT NOUGHT ALL MY COUNSEL AND WOULD NONE OF MY REPROOF --1:26--I ALSO WILL LAUGH AT YOUR CALAMITY I WILL MOCK WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH --1:27--WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH AS DESOLATION AND YOUR DESTRUCTION COMETH AS A WHIRLWIND WHEN DISTRESS AND ANGUISH COME UPON YOU --1:28--THEN SHALL THEY CALL UPON ME BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER THEY SHALL SEEK ME EARLY BUT THEY SHALL NOT FIND ME
  • BSP
    Verse 8: Children are here urged to obey and listen to the counsel and discipline that they receive from their parents.
  • Linda Mckay
    Proverbs gives you understanding of a true l8v8ng God cause he lives in me cause i am like it says in verse 7 i am like the woman shouting out for more Wisdom in Jesus Name