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This Proverb says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” What is the definition of knowledge? Knowledge is acquiring facts Or skills through education or experience.

When a person believes in God and His Word, the Bible, he or she becomes receptive to gaining knowledge from the Bible. They want to learn about God the Father and Jesus Christ.

A foolish person on the other hand does not want to learn about God or Jesus Christ. They reject the Bible and are not at all receptive to learning and gaining knowledge and instruction on the proper way to live. As this Proverb says, the fool despises wisdom and instruction. Fools want to follow their own impulses. Unfortunately their path will lead to destruction.

What is wisdom and how does it differ from knowledge? Wisdom is the ability to act soundly or productively using knowledge and understanding. Therefore one cannot be wise or have understanding unless one first gains knowledge. Therefore, a fool who rejects gaining knowledge of God’s Word can never become wise. He or she will always make foolish decisions.

The bottom line is that one must be anchored in God’s Word, the Bible to live rightly before God. Having such a foundation will enable us to survive the storms of life and follow the pathway that leads to Heaven.