Proverbs 14:26

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
– Proverbs 14:26

Proverbs begins with the “fear of the Lord” as “the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Confidence and security are particular blessings of that fear in this proverb. We are urged not to misplace our fear, but to put it in the Lord and we will have refuge (Proverbs 3:25-26; 18:10). The second phrase indicates a legacy left by the man who fears the Lord (Proverbs 13:22; 20:7).

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Proverbs 3:26

For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
– Proverbs 3:26

Verse 26 is key in understanding the spiritual importance of wisdom. Verses 21-25 give us a life view where wise management generally tends to peace and avoidance of trouble. For instance, the slothful man does not manage his life affairs wisely and his way is consequently made difficult (Proverbs 15:19). Walking in wisdom avoids that sort of difficulty, not that the wise will not have trouble but the sluggard brings trouble on himself and makes whatever trouble comes, more difficult. This verse teaches on the one hand that having wisdom is trusting the Lord completely. On the other hand, it highlights the Lord’s gracious care of our life.

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