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The Beginning of Knowledge {Wise Words}

Psalms 112:1
Fear the Lord

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.- Proverbs 1:7

In this age of information we can find knowledge by heaps. It's all over and most of the times for free! Yet wisdom is scarce. Wisdom means way more than knowledge. Wisdom is an essential attitude that affects every single area of life.

The basic foundation for learning is to fear God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

What fearing God Means

The fear of God is an affectionate reverence for Him and humble submission to His word.

Fearing God is loving His commands and hating evil 

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech
Proverbs 8:13

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided. 
Proverbs 16:6

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalms 111:10

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
Psalms 112:1 

Fearing God recognizes Him as the First Cause and Last End of all things

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Proverbs 16:4

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”
Rev 4:11

It acknowledging  His forgiveness and seeking to please Him

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
 Psalms 130:3-4

A God fearing person trembles humbly at His word 

Has not my hand made all these things,
    and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
    those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
    and who tremble at my word.
Is 66:2

 It is the whole duty of man

Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.
 Eccl 12:13-14

On the other hand...

Fools reject wisdom and instruction, for they are proud and selfish without regard for God.

They love their own opinions (Pr 26:12). Rather than search for truth, fools simply want to promote their own thoughts (Pr 18:1-2). You cannot even start learning without the true fear of God.

 where can wisdom be found?
 where can wisdom be found?

Where does wisdom originate? 

In the fear of the Lord!

God opens men’s eyes, ears, and hearts to truth and wisdom (I Kgs 3:5-15; Jas 1:5). God opens their eyes to His word (Ps 119:18).

God shows them His secrets (Pr 3:32; Ps 25:14). They fear no man (Heb 13:6).

Wisdom cannot be found anywhere in the universe, but in the fear of God

But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
    the sea says, “It is not with me.”
 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
    nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
    with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
    nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
    it cannot be bought with pure gold.
 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
 Destruction[a] and Death say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
 When he established the force of the wind
    and measured out the waters,
 when he made a decree for the rain
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
    he confirmed it and tested it.
 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”
Job 28:12-28

All Verses taken from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® 
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