The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
—Proverbs 1:7 NASB
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding. —Job 28:28b NASB
In the Bible, this wisdom is a moral rather than an intellectual quality.
To be “foolish” is to be godless.
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” —Psalm 14:1a NASB —compare “folly” and “fools” in 2 Samuel 13:12-14 (a rapist); Judges 19:23 (Sodomites and rapists)
True wisdom is a gift from God to those who ask it (Job 28:12-28; Proverbs 3:13-18; Romans 1:22; 16:27; 1 Corinthians 1:17-21; 2:6-8; James 1:5).
“Wisdom” in Proverbs 1:20; 8:1; 9:1-5 may be regarded not as a mere personification of the attribute of wisdom, but as a divine person, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). In Matthew 11:19 it is the personified principle of wisdom that is meant.
Article Version: January 8, 2018