The beginning of wisdom

Proverbs 1--8-9The Verse of the Day for October 12, 2015 comes from Proverbs 1:8-9 in the New Living Translation:

[A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom] My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.

The Book of Proverbs offers sound advice directed toward a son who is instructed to acquire or lay hold of wisdom. The opening passage from this Book of Wisdom brings to mind the origin of wisdom, brilliantly displayed in the Book of Proverbs, where we find that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” poetically expressed in this way:

The Beginning of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

Psalm 19:9


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10


We begin and stand in absolute awe of You,

Thoroughly washed in the fountain of holiness.

The old has passed away—Behold, You make all things new:

Redeemed and justified by Christ, our righteousness.

As You search the earth, may we find grace in your sight.

We seek to be wise but never in our own eyes.

Here we stand as your people destined to walk upright,

As beloved ones, whose hearts Your Word purifies.

We are filled with knowledge and wisdom from above

And bound by a covenant no one can sever,

For nothing can separate us from God’s love:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

We are renewed in strength and upheld by God’s Word,

As we pursue wisdom, growing in the fear of the Lord.

A perfect accompaniment of this poem is the worship song “We Choose the Fear of the Lord” by the Maranatha Music.

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