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Proverbs | The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

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Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; 31; Ecclesiastes 1–3; 11–12
β€œπšƒπš‘πšŽ π™΅πšŽπšŠπš› 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ π™»πš˜πš›πš π™Έπšœ πšπš‘πšŽ π™±πšŽπšπš’πš—πš—πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πš†πš’πšœπšπš˜πš–β€

In the first chapter of the book of Proverbs, we find these words: β€œMy son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” (Proverbs 1:8).

Proverbs can be seen as a collection of wise sayings from a loving parent, whose main message is that blessings of peace and prosperity come to those who seek wisdomβ€”particularly the kind of wisdom God offers.

But Proverbs is followed by the book of Ecclesiastes, which seems to say, β€œIt’s not that simple.” The Preacher quoted in Ecclesiastes observed that he β€œgave [his] heart to know wisdom” but still found β€œvexation of spirit” and β€œmuch grief” (Ecclesiastes 1:17–18).

In a variety of ways, the book asks, β€œCan there be real meaning in a world where everything seems vain, temporary, and uncertain?”

And yet, while the two books look at life from different perspectives, they teach similar truths. Ecclesiastes declares: β€œLet us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

This is the same principle found throughout Proverbs: β€œTrust in the Lord with all thine heart. … Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord” (Proverbs 3:5, 7).

No matter what life holds, even when it seems confusing and random, it is always better when we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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