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Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

What does it mean to fear the LORD? Puritan pastor Thomas Watson sheds some wise light on this question:

To have God to be a God to us, is to fear him. “That thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord thy God” (Deut. 28:58). This fearing God is (1) To have him always in our eye, “I have set the LORD always before me” (Ps. 16:8). “Mine eyes are ever towards the LORD” (Ps. 25:15). He who fears God imagines that whatever he is doing, God looks on, and as a judge, weighs all his actions. (2) To fear God is to have such a holy awe of God upon our hearts, that we dare not sin. “Stand in awe and sin not” (Ps. 4:4). The wicked sin and fear not; the godly fear and sin not. “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). Bid me sin, and you bid me drink poison. It is a saying of Anselm, “If hell were on one side, and sin on the other, I would rather leap into hell, than willingly sin against my God.” He who fears God will not sin, though it be ever so secret. “Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God” (Lev. 19:14). Suppose you should curse a deaf man, he could not hear you; or you were to lay a block in a blind man’s way, and cause him to fall, he could not see you do it; but the fear of God will make you forsake sins which can neither be heard nor seen by men. The fear of God destroys the fear of man. The three children [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego] feared God, therefore they feared not the king’s wrath (Dan. 3:16). The greater noise drowns the less; the noise of thunder drowns the noise of a river; so, when the fear of God is supreme in the soul, it drowns all other carnal fear. It makes God to be God to us when we have a holy filial fear of him.1

Read the following passages about the fear of the LORD from our reading in Proverbs this week. Then take some time to reflect on the question(s) below each passage. Share your answers with your family.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

What others sources—besides the fear of the LORD—are you tempted to look to for knowledge and wisdom?

Proverbs 3:7

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Can you think of a time in your life when you were “wise in your own eyes”?

Can you think of a time when you feared the LORD and turned away from evil?

Proverbs 1:28–29

Then they will call on me [wisdom], but I will not answer;

They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

Because they hated knowledge

And did not choose the fear of the LORD.

What are some practical ways in your life right now you might “choose the fear of the LORD”?

  1. Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments (1692; Banner of Truth, 1965), 51. ↩︎


Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

—Proverbs 3:7


  • Adoration – Praise God with the words of Job: “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)
  • Confession – Confess ways you have strived to please men instead of God. (Gal. 1:10)
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for forgiveness of sins. “There is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” (Ps. 130:4)
  • Supplication – Ask God to increase your fear of Him.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

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