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Proverbs 9:10

Context
NETBible

The beginning 1  of wisdom is to fear the Lord, 2  and acknowledging 3  the Holy One 4  is understanding.

XREF

1Ch 28:9; Job 28:28; Ps 111:10; Pr 1:7; Pr 2:5; Pr 30:3; Ec 12:13; Mt 11:27; Joh 17:3; 1Jo 5:20

NET © Notes

sn The difference between תְּחִלַּת (tÿkhillat) here and רֵאשִׁית (reshit) of 1:7, if there is any substantial difference, is that this term refers to the starting point of wisdom, and the earlier one indicates the primary place of wisdom (K&D 16:202).

tn Heb “fear of the Lord.”

tn Heb “knowledge of the Holy One” (so ASV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).

tn The word is in the plural in the Hebrew (literally “holy ones”; KJV “the holy”). It was translated “holy men” in Tg. Prov 9:10. But it probably was meant to signify the majestic nature of the Lord. As J. H. Greenstone says, he is “all-holy” (Proverbs, 94). This is an example of the plural of majesty, one of the honorific uses of the plural (see IBHS 122-23 §7.4.3b).



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