Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The feare of the Lord is the beginning of wisedome: and the knowledge of the holy is vnderstanding.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind
- Basic English Bible

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is intelligence.
- Darby Bible

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
- Webster's Bible

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
- World English Bible

The commencement of wisdom [is] the fear of Jehovah, And a knowledge of the Holy Ones [is] understanding.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 9

  • A disciple
    On the subject of fearing God; I've heard many apologizing and trying to deny that our fear should be of dread and terror, like the word really means; but instead water down the meaning to some vague conviction of "hurting God's feelings." But anyone who really knows what its like to be in life danger, or ready to perish for his sins; knows the FEAR of falling into the hands of the living God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 WHEN I WAS A CHILD I SPAKE AS A CHILD I UNDERSTOOD AS A CHILD BUT WHEN I BECAME A MAN I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS PSALM 56:5 EVERY DAY THEY WREST MY WORDS ALL THEIR THOUGHTS ARE AGAINST ME FOR EVIL ROMANS 13:10 AND SAID O FULL OF ALL SUBTILTY AND ALL MISCHIEF THOU CHILD OF THE devil THOU ENEMY OF ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS WILT THOU NOT CEASE TO PERVERT THE RIGHT WAYS OF THE LORD EPHESIANS 6:19 AND FOR ME THAT UTTERANCE MAY BE GIVEN UNTO ME THAT I MAY OPEN MY MOUTH BOLDLY TO MAKE KNOWN THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL --6:20-- FOR WHICH I AM AN AMBASSADOR IN --BONDS-- THAT THEREIN I MAY SPEAK BOLDLY AS I OUGHT TO SPEAK PSALM 94:16 WHO WILL RISE UP FOR ME AGAINST THE EVILDOERS OR WHO WILL STAND UP FOR ME AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY --94-17-- UNLESS THE LORD HAD BEEN MY HELP MY SOUL HAD ALMOST DWELT IN SILENCE
  • Dorothy L Clayton
    When we FEAR GOD than we will receive Wisdom from GOD. This not talking about A dreadful fear or fearful type fear, But meaning to Reverence GOD and respect Him for who He is.. JUST for beginning THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. that will cause to bring him Adoration and praise for being the Creator of Heaven and Earth and than will Have Wisdom and knowledge than will lead you to understand and knowing who GOD is.. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINING OF WISDOM..THIS HOW WE ABSTAIN WISDOM OR BECOME WISE IS WHEN WE REVERENCE HIMTHAN YOU SHALL HAVE KNOWLEDGE IN KNWING OR UNERSTANDING IN KNOWING WHO THE HOLY ONE IS.....
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 19:9 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN ENDURING FOREVER THE JUDGEMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER--19:10--MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY THAN GOLD YEA THAN MUCH FINE GOLD SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY AND THE HONETCOMB --19:11--MOREOVER BY THEM IS THY SERVANT --- WARNED --- AND IN KEEPING OF THEM THERE IS GREAT REWARD PSALM 119:125 I AM THY SERVANT GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES PROVERBS 2:6 FOR THE LORD GIVETH WISDOM OUT OF HIS MOUTH COMETH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 9:6 FORSAKE THE FOOLISH --- AND LIVE --- AND GO IN THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 15:14 THE HEART OF HIM THAT HATH UNDERSTANDING SEEKETH KNOWLEDGE BUT THE MOUTH OF FOOLS FEEDETH ON FOOLISHNESS 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE PROVERBS 21:16 THE MAN THAT WANDERETH OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL REMAIN IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD
  • Miranda Taylor
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. v10
  • Mr. Smith
    Both Wisdom vs 4 and Foolish vs 16 cry out to the same person to come in. Wisdom, our divine spiritual imagination and Foolishness, our own sense realm, beckon our attention. One leads to life and understanding and one to death and destruction. Choose this day whom ye shall serve. I set before thee life and death, blessing and cursing. The ongoing human struggle.