“Proverbs 1: 7 reads in full, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Knowledge as used here is more than an accumulation of information. It involves the ability to view that information with the right perspective and to use it for its proper end. Paul, for example, speaks of a knowledge that “puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8: 1) as well as a knowledge that “leads to godliness” (Titus 1: 1). Only the latter has the right perspective and proper end in mind. Two people may possess essentially the same knowledge in the sense of a body of facts. One person views this knowledge as a means of acquiring position, power, or possessions, and uses it to that end. The other person sees it as a gift from God and as a stewardship to be used to serve Him.” from “The Joy of Fearing God” by Jerry Bridges


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