As shown in the first 6 verses of the book, Proverbs build character: wisdom, discernment, wise dealing, prudence, knowledge, discretion, learning, sound counsel, understanding.
1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:
2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to discern the words of understanding;
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young man:
5 that the wise man may hear, and increase in learning;
that the man of understanding may attain to sound counsel:
6 to understand a proverb and parables,
the words and riddles of the wise. Proverbs 1 WMB
To understand a parable and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their enigmas. Verse 6 in the Jubilee Bible 2000
Now we come to verse 7 which plainly shows the difference between those who fear the Lord and fools.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
In order to comprehend the Proverbs, we need to consider them with New Covenant spiritual understanding from the Word and the Spirit.
The fear of the LORD was the guide for God’s Old Testament people. They were commanded to fear God and keep His commandments.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him (Deuteronomy 13:4 KJV.
Their fear of the LORD (Yahweh) was filled with awe and sometimes terror, as well as respect, reverence and piety. That was the Law. It held God’s people together.
Then, God sent His Son.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 ASV.
Jesus summed up the Law.
34Whenae the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 36“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest? ”
37He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Dt 6:5) 38This is the greatest and most important command. 39The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Lv 19:18) 40All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands (Mt 7:12; Rm 13:8-10; Gl 5:14). Matthew 22 HCSB
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom.
With Hebraic perspective, Avram Yehoshua translates the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:12: “And from the days of Yochanan the Immerser until now, the Kingdom of the Heavens is being breached and the breachers are possessing it.”
“but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.”
God’s Word defines fools.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt.
They have done abominable deeds.
There is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1
The contrast between God fearing people and fools is frequently expanded in the Proverbs, beginning in Proverbs 1.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, listen to your father’s instruction,
and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching:
9 for they will be a garland to grace your head,
and chains around your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
11 If they say, “Come with us.
Let’s lie in wait for blood.
Let’s lurk secretly for the innocent without cause.
12 Let’s swallow them up alive like Sheol,
and whole, like those who go down into the pit.
13 We’ll find all valuable wealth.
We’ll fill our houses with plunder.
14 You shall cast your lot among us.
We’ll all have one purse.”
15 My son, don’t walk on the path with them.
Keep your foot from their path,
16 for their feet run to evil.
They hurry to shed blood.
17 For the net is spread in vain in the sight of any bird;
18 but these lay in wait for their own blood.
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain.
It takes away the life of its owners.
20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
She utters her voice in the public squares.
21 She calls at the head of noisy places.
At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn at my reproof.
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you.
I will make known my words to you.
24 Because I have called, and you have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
25 but you have ignored all my counsel,
and wanted none of my reproof;
26 I also will laugh at your disaster.
I will mock when calamity overtakes you,
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come on you.
28 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer.
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me,
29 because they hated knowledge,
and didn’t choose the fear of the LORD.
30 They wanted none of my counsel.
They despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own schemes.
32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”