What is The Beginning of Wisdom?

Compare The English Translation to The Ancient Hebrew

The Fear (Yirah #3374 יִרְאָה) of the LORD (YHVH #3069 יְהוִֹה) is the beginning of Wisdom,(חָכְמָה Chokmah #2451 חָכְמָה) and Knowledge (Da’at #1847 דַּעַת) of the Holy One (Qadosh #6918 קָדוֹשׁ) is Understanding, (Binah #998 בִּינָה). Proverbs 9:10

This English translation could be mistaken as our Fear of YHVH leads us to Wisdom, but when we see the Hebrew suffix Tav, on the end of the noun Fear, it shows possession.  In other words, Fear is connected or joined to YHVH by the Tav, it’s His not ours.

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Something is Coming from YHVH and It’s Not Fear

There’s no mistaking word meanings in the Ancient Hebrew.  It was originally a pictographic alephbet, each letter is represented by a picture.  Most Hebrew root words consist of three letters, but some originate from only two letters, called a Parent Root.

Yirah’s root is יָרֵא YaRe #3372.  Minus the vowels, we see a parent root.  Yud, is an arm, and Resh, is a head.

What do these two letters reveal to us?  What does an arm do?  Exactly that, it does, it works, makes, points, directs…

What does the head represent?  The head, a person, leader, first, highest part, strength…


YHVH’s Arm throwing, pointing, directing us by His Strength (YiRaT), and it is our Knowledge of Him, The Holy One, (קָדוֹשׁ Qadosh) that is the beginning of Wisdom, (Chokmah #2451).

To learn more about Ancient Hebrew word meanings click on the link below:


3 thoughts on “What is The Beginning of Wisdom?

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  1. Yay! I love Jeff Benner’s site! It’s got SO MUCH content to learn from! I’m taking his Udemy Hebrew course now and it’s very well-presented.

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    1. I’m so glad you’ve already discovered Jeff Benner’s site and yes, I really enjoyed his Udemy Hebrew course, he does an excellent job teaching Hebrew! It sounds like the Spirit is leading us all in the same direction, it’s such a joy to meet you here.

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