Proverbs 1:7

Hebrew Bible

5 (Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!) 6 To discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable, the sayings of the wise and their riddles. 7 Fearing the Lord is the beginning of discernment, but fools have despised wisdom and moral instruction. 8 Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother. 9 For they will be like an elegant garland on your head, and like pendants around your neck.

1 Enoch 37:1


1 The second vision which he saw, the vision of wisdom--which Enoch the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, saw. 2 And this is the beginning of the words of wisdom which I lifted up my voice to speak and say to those which dwell on earth: Hear, ye men of old time, and see, ye that come after, the words of the Holy One which I will speak before the Lord of Spirits. 3 It were better to declare (them only) to the men of old time, but even from those that come after we will not withhold the beginning of wisdom.

 Notes and References

"... But of course, no mere human exegesis can replace divine revelation. Wisdom is hidden with God, inaccessible to human search and understanding (especially Job 28; Psalm 51:8); he alone can dispense (Proverbs 1:7; 2:6; 20:27; Job 11:5; 12:22, etc.). Although this theme is only fully elaborated in the post-canonical writings, Psalm 119:18 already hints at an important implication ... 'To speak of apocalyptic, therefore, is to concentrate on the theme of the direct communication of the heavenly mysteries in all their diversity.' While this statement may be something of a caricature, it renders due account of the extraordinary apocalyptic interest in divine 'mysteries' and their revelation. For these writers, 'mysteries' subsist in heaven at present but a glimpse of their reality and relevance can be disclosed to select visionaries who pass on this information to the faithful few (the 'wise', i.e. the righteous) to encourage them in waiting for the impending deliverance (1 Enoch 1:1-9, 37:1-5, etc.). At present the divine wisdom is known only through such revealed mysteries, since her abode is in heaven (1 Enoch 42:1-3; 48:1, 49:1). Old Testament antecedents notwithstanding, this notion of heavenly mysteries appears to have become popular only in the wake of early apocalyptic documents like Daniel and 1 Enoch ..."

Bockmuehl, Markus N. A. Revelation and Mystery in Ancient Judaism and Pauline Christianity (p. 14, 32) J.C.B. Mohr, 1990

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