Proverbs 1:7
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7  The fear of Hashem is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and discipline.

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ז  יִרְאַת יְהֹוָה רֵאשִׁית דָּעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר אֱוִילִים בָּזוּ׃

1:7   The fear of Hashem is the beginning of knowledge

Sefer Mishlei contains the collected wisdom of Shlomo, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. This verse sets the tone for the entire book of Mishlei. Once King Solomon has set out his purpose — to impart wisdom — in writing, he begins by identifying fear of Hashem as the root of that wisdom. Without awe of God, knowledge is empty and can be twisted for any number of negative purposes.

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  • Hashem wants the best for His children. The wisdom and instruction In this book will save us
    From a multitude of sin and sorrow.

  • I believe this Proverb, in essence, is stating that to know and believe who God is, along with all his attributes, such as his Holliness, and to understand our relationship to him, allows God to communicate with us such knowledge that is beneficial to us, His own. Likewise the proverb is very direct about the lot of fools who dispise God and his Word. We cannot fear and love someone we do not know.

  • Is it not that the innate good, Gd himself put in each person to relate to Him. And obviously to fear Gd is something of the heart in which case if we allow that to have dominion of our lives then we can be able to walk in His ways. Walking in His ways is the Fear of G-d, meaning we would not want to do anything to dirty our relationship with Him.

    • Indeed, when man was created it says that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). According to the medieval commentator Rashi, this means that He gave man a “soul of heavenly matter” to compliment his body which was created from earthly matter. Man was infused with godliness upon creation, which made him different than all the other creations. It is our job to use that godliness to imitate God by doing good in this world and help others, walk in His ways and forge a relationship with Him.

      • This fear, holy fear (reverence), is a morally healthy fear: we fear displeasing HaShem. We are circumspect with regard to our words and actions, knowing that we are His—that He loves us and wants His best for us. We don’t risk arousing His wrath, but we do fear incurring His displeasure—much like the relationship between a child and his earthly father.
        And the ball is “in our court”, so to speak: He wants us to have that meaningful personal relationship with Him, but it’s up to us to “forge” it. But note this: we can never want it nearly as strongly as HaShem does. His Love desires far beyond man’s feeble ability to explain.

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