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Psalms 111:10 - Exposition

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (comp. Proverbs 1:7 ; Proverbs 9:10 ; Ecclesiasticus 1:16; and also Job 28:28 ). The meaning seems to be that "the beginning of wisdom is not found in keen insight, nor wide experience, nor the learn-hag of the schools, but in the temper of reverence and awe. The fear of the finite in the presence of the Infinite, of the sinful in the presence of the Holy, self-abhorring, adoring, as in Job's confession—this for the Israelite was the starting-point of all true wisdom" (Dean Plumptre). A good under standing have all they that do his commandments ; literally, that do them ; but the "commandments" of verse 7 are, no doubt, intended. His praise endureth forever . The praise "of him, " not "of it, " as in the Prayer-book Version. As he had begun (verse 1), so the psalmist ends, with Jehovah's praise.

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