Bible Verse of the Day 19 December 2021 Sunday – Fearing the Lord…
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY 2021 SUNDAY
Bible Verse: Fearing the Lord[a] is the beginning[b] of discernment,[c]
but[d] fools[e] have despised[f] wisdom and moral instruction. Proverbs 1:7, NET
Certainly there are many very intelligent individuals who do not follow God, so this statement can seem contradictory. In the original Hebrew phrasing, “the beginning” does not point to knowledge, but instead belongs with the “fear of the Lord.” The same phrase can be more literally translated as “giving priority to.” In this context, the term “beginning” means the chief place in time, space, and order. The contention here is not that one cannot obtain knowledge apart from God. Instead, this implies that knowledge is out of place apart from the fear of the Lord.
Knowledge itself can become an idol and take the chief place in one’s life (Romans 1:22). Solomon learned throughout his life that there is a vast difference between worldly knowledge and godly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25). In this book, he is warning us to put things in the proper order. The “fear of the Lord” is the beginning: it should hold the chief position, the place of priority in our lives, and then we will obtain knowledge and put it into its proper place. However, just because knowledge should not overtake the Lord in priority, we are not to despise wise instruction. Instead, when everything is in its proper place, we will fear the Lord, obtain knowledge, and enjoy wise instruction.