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Yirat Adonai - the fear of the LORD

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom

Psalm 111:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:
his praise endureth for ever (Psalm 111:10 KJV).

The "fear of the Lord" (Yirat Adonai) does not denote a cringing terror of God but a reverential awe at the glory of His Presence as He daily condescends to be involved in our lives.

Yirat Adonai

Yirat Adonai
The fear of the LORD

Yirah is really a form of devotion, a consciousness of the sacredness and mystery of receiving life itself from the Living God (El Chai), and essentially draws upon gratitude to God for this great gift.

Such an attitude of devotion yields wisdom (chokhmah) and is a result of "practicing the presence" of the Lord in our daily lives. As James tells us, this wisdom is "first pure, then full of peace, gentleness, mercy, good fruits, and sincerity" (see James 3:17).



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