The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The message and purpose of this book of Proverbs is laid out for us early in Chapter 1. We are told the main author was Solomon (Proverbs 1:1) and that he was writing to his son (Proverbs 1:8) to have him consider the wisdom and knowledge of God that was to guide his steps in this life; along with the consequences of refusing them (Proverbs 1:2-6).
Though the book is filled with proverbs from him and from others which he compiled, our verse today sums us the following 31 chapters that follow. Solomon desires that his son come to know and value the counsel of God for a reverence, or fear of Him, would be the place where real learning and growth and change can begin. May I suggest you read one proverb a day for a month, 31 chapters of Proverbs in all, and take one verse from that daily chapter and carry it with you, asking the Lord to make His ways known to you. It will be an awesome month, I assure you!
Loving the Proverbs, my favorite book
Pastor Jack Abeelen