For the month of February I will be changing the format of the Wisdom Project. I still encourage you to read and listen to the chapter for the day (Feb. 1 = Proverbs 1, etc.). For this month, I will supply links to both the NIV and ESV versions of the chapter each day in the post—both of which contain the audio feature.
Also in this month, selected verses from within the chapter for the day will be highlighted with expositional comments. For the most part, these comments will come from the online resources linked in the Online Bible Study Resources here on 3 John 8 (scroll down in the column to the right of the blog to find the links).
Note to Proverbs class participants: this is the place where you should post your application comments for the day.
Proverbs 1 – NIV
Proverbs 1 – ESV
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Commentary on Proverbs 1:7 . . .
This verse enjoys almost universal recognition as the key statement not only in Proverbs but in all the wisdom literature of the Bible (cf. Proverbs 9:10; 15:33; Job 28:28; Ps. 111:10; Eccles. 12:13). Some people think of it as the motto of the book, others the foundational principle, others the major premise, or something similar. The verse contains a positive statement followed by its negative corollary.
The "fear of the Lord" occurs at least 18 times in Proverbs (Proverbs 1:7, 29; 2:5; 3:7; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:2, 26-27; 15:16, 33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17; 24:21; 31:30). "Fear" includes not only a correct way of thinking about God but a correct relationship with Yahweh. It is an affectionate reverence that results in humbly bowing to the Father's will. It is a desire not to sin against Him because His wrath is so awful and His love is so awesome.
From: Dr. Constable's Expository (Bible Study) Notes
3 John 8