The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of great men;
A man’s pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.