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Is Fear of the Lord the Source of Wisdom or Vice Versa?*

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AbstractDespite the diverse interpretations of Prov. 1:7; 9:10, and related verses, scholars have agreed on a crucial point: these verses teach that wisdom stems from the fear of the Lord. Stuart Weeks has challenged this consensus recently, claiming that the relationship works the other way: the fear of the Lord follows from wisdom. I will argue that much of Weeks’ critique of the “traditional” interpretation is correct. Nevertheless, I will also argue that, if it is put carefully, a certain form of the usual understanding of Prov. 1:7 and 9:10 can still be maintained.

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