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 1:7

  • for you to know everything, even the dark saying and their interpretation,the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
  • Any one that has ever had a serious spanking by a parent who loves them, understands the meaning of fear of the lord. To reframe from evil is understanding. I should say "what goes around comes around "! As for me I dread the consequences of my miss behaving. :
  • The fear of god is foundation of everything. Acknowledge god 's almighty power, existence Because acknowledgement of god, I will obey god 's instructions, I will do everything god say but I will not do anything god doesn 't want us to do.
  • Fearing God to me is a reverance for him, because of who he is and the love that he has for me, there is no greater love than his, if I am engraved in the palm of his hand. I think when they say there is no God, they are afraid, because they will have to answer for all the times they denied him, that 's the scaryvpart.
  • Jonathan83FL for verse 7
    I think my brother a brother just wrote this verse in my book.his purpose for writing it and HIS purpose for making him write it...i open eyes sink feet into ground and apply apply apply
  • Baily TM for verse 7
    it is the sum and substance of all knowledge.only wise can understand this.fear is the reverence to god . beginning means one should follow this in childhood itself.the anointed knowledge is the true gospel our lord and Saviour jess Christ