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

  • Antoine Roberts
    Its the book youve life to me thanks to king David
  • A disciple
    Dear Irene; the Lord Jesus loves you, and doesn't hold any hard feelings about the past; but He said that He wouldn't ever mention those things to us again, after we've turned from them and now do right. We are in very dreadful times, and we all have family members who are out there, still in their sins and in grave danger. We bring them to the Lord in our prayers and stay true friends regardless.
  • Lu2677
    Proverbs 1:7"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:"V.24"Because I have called,and ye have refused:I have stretched out my hand,and no one regarded."26,I will also laugh at your calamity;I will laugh when your fear comes(fear of what?that which comes in v.27,destruction,distress,anguish.29;they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD. 33;harken unto me=noFEAR of evil.
  • Irene123
    Anne, that was just beautiful. I so regret I 'backslid' during my children's pre-teen years - for the next 34 yrs. and now they are into drugs, in and out of prison, but for the last almost 3 yrs., since I'm back with the Lord, He hears my prayers. It is SO important to raise them in the Word of God. They are our responsibility, not our hindrance to our own lives.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 10:10, 14; " if sinners entice thee, consent thou not"; " ... let us all have one purse."

    Eph. 4:5; one Lord, one faith, one baptism
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 1:29 FOR THAT THEY HATED KNOWLEDGE AND DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD 1:30 THEY WOULD NONE OF MY COUNSEL THEY DESPISED ALL MY REPROOF 1:31 THEREFORE SHALL THEY EAT OF THE FRUIT OF THEIR OWN WAY AND BE FILLED WITH THEIR OWN DEVICES 1:32 FOR THE TURNINING AWAY OF THE SIMPLE SHALL SLAY THEM AND THE PROSPERITY OF FOOLS SHALL DESTROY THEM