Proverbs 14:27 - Fear Of The Lord Is A Fountain Of Life.

Proverbs 14:27 - Fear Of The Lord Is A Fountain Of Life.

Proverbs 14:27 (NKJV) The fear of the Lord is a fountain of 
life, To turn one away from the snares of death.  

Proverbs 14:27 (MSG) The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water 
so you won't go off drinking from poisoned wells.  


Proverbs 10-23: Wise Sayings of Solomon. 

The discourses concerning wisdom and folly (chaps. 1-9) 
constitute a preface to the central portion of the book, which contains 375 
of Solomon's proverbs. These proverbs are general principles and 
guidelines that may have exceptions. Any exception is not a problem of 
inerrancy, but a matter of the nature of proverbs. They are true as general 
rules. [Ryrie SB] 

Proverbs 14:26, 27: These proverbs interject the central idea of 
the Book of Proverbs--the fear of the Lord. [Nelson SB] 


Fear is a quality associated in the Old Testament with three 
characteristics: awe, high regard, and deep respect, all of which inspire the 
follower to drink deeply from the Source of life. [Disciple SB] 

Revelation through wisdom literature seeks to lead people to 
give utmost respect to God. [Disciple SB] 

Fountain. Refreshing, continuous source; see 13:14. [Andrews SB]

The life based upon the proper attitude to and revelation from 
God is like a fresh spring with its life-giving qualities. [Disciple 


   The natural man is spiritually dead, separated from God. He 
has neither the presence of God in His life nor the knowledge of 
God's ways. He has learned to live his life independently of God. 
Essentially, this is what constitutes the "flesh." His mind has been 
conformed to this world. The brain, which is physical and part of the 
body, functions like a computer. The mind is the programmer. The body 
picks up data from the world through its five senses. The mind chooses 
and interprets the data, and the brain stores it. The emotions are 
essentially a product of how the mind chooses to think and interpret life's 
   When we are born again, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in 
our life. Because we are now spiritually alive and united with 
Christ, we have the mind of Christ. We have become a partaker of the 
divine nature. However, nobody pushed the clear button in the computer. 
The brain is still programmed to live independently of God.... 
   The battle is for the mind: "For the flesh sets its desire 
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in 
opposition to one another" (Galatians 5:17). God has given us the 
responsibility to choose. The carnal Christian chooses to walk according to the 
flesh. What governs his behavior are the old habit patterns and 
thoughts that were programmed over time. The spiritually defeated 
Christian fails to put on the armor of God, and ends up paying attention 
to deceiving spirits. The spiritual man has crucified the flesh and 
put on the armor of God; he chooses to think upon that which is 
   We are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 
4:23). The Holy Spirit discloses the mind of Christ. We must choose to 
no longer be conformed to His world. We are to be diligent to 
present ourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be 
ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). When we 
do, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We choose to 
think the truth, and the Holy Spirit enables our thoughts and renews 
our minds with the logos. Then the peace of God guards our hearts 
and minds. We let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts by letting 
the word of Christ richly dwell in us (Colossians 3:15, 16). We are 
now equipped to discern. (From Walking in the Light by Neil 
Anderson) [Inspirational SB] 




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