The Beginning of Knowledge
The a proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the b simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion -
c A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their d riddles.
e The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
1 Kings 4:32
He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.
Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old.
And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.
And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.'
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.