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The prophet calls the fear of God “our treasure.”

Prov. 1:Ver. 7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning. Or, The chief and principal point of wisdom, as the word here signified; yea, wisdom itself. {1}

This Solomon had learned by the instruction of his father, as it is in the next verse, who had taught it him of a child, {2,  3} and therefore sets it here in the beginning of his works as the beginning of all. As in the end he makes it the end of all, {4} yea, the all of man, without which he counts him not a complete man, though never so wise to the world ward.

Heathen sages, as Seneca, Socrates, &c., were wise in their generation, and had many excellent gifts, but they missed of the main; there was no fear of God before their eyes: being herein as alchemists, who miss of their end, but yet find many excellent things by the way. These merchants found goodly pearls, but “the pearl of price” {5} they failed of.

The prophet calls the fear of God “our treasure.” {6} Continue reading “The prophet calls the fear of God “our treasure.””

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He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear

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

But fools despise. Fools; so are all such as fear not God, “being abominable, disobedient, and to every good work reprobate,” or injudicious. {Tit 1:16}

Evil is Hebrew for a fool;  Nebulo of Nabal; fool of Φαυλος.

When one highly commended the Cardinal Julian to Sigismund, he answered, Tamen Romanus est; yet he is a popeling. So, yet he is a fool, because void of God’s true fear. “Behold they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?” {#Jer 8:9} Continue reading “He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear”

The fear of the Lord, our treasure

Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Or, The chief and principal point of wisdom, as the word here signified; yea, wisdom itself.

Job 28:28 (KJV): And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.

This Solomon had learned by the instruction of his father, as it is in the next verse, who had taught it him of a child: Continue reading “The fear of the Lord, our treasure”

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