The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  Proverbs 1:7

“[The fear of the Lord] contains in a nutshell the whole Israelite theory of knowledge. . . . The search for knowledge can go wrong, not as a result of individual, erroneous judgments or of mistakes creeping in at different points, but because of one single mistake at the beginning. . . . Faith does not – as is popularly believed today – hinder knowledge; on the contrary, it is what liberates knowledge, enables it really to come to the point.”

Gerhard von Rad, Wisdom in Israel (Nashville, 1972), pages 67-68.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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