Proverbs 9:10 (from multiple translations)
New Living Translation – Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
New International Version – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Contemporary English Version – Respect and obey the LORD! This is the beginning of wisdom. To have understanding, you must know the Holy God.
Good News Translation – To be wise you must first have reverence for the LORD. If you know the Holy One, you have understanding.
Aramaic Bible – The beginning of wisdom is the awe of Lord Jehovah and the knowledge of the Righteous Ones is understanding;
This passage from the Bible is hugely popular especially in children’s and youth meetings organized by Churches all around the world. While the Bible strongly teaches that God delights in showing love and so we should come to him with our troubles, sorrows and pains, we should do this with respect, reverence, and awe.
Jehovah is much more greater than anyone or thing we will ever get to know or come across in this life; and much much more powerful than our minds will ever fully understand. In every way, Jehovah is so STUPENDOUSLY AWESOME, to make us shake and tremble with respect, reverence, and awe when we come to him.
To be guided by this understanding of God’s awesomeness, is key to walking in humility, making good decisions and choices as to how we live our lives every day in this world. This is why King Solomon writes in Proverbs that the fear, reverence, and great respect for God is the beginning or foundation of wisdom in this life!