The book of Proverbs, as well as the rest of the Bible, regularly condemns foolishness. We must avoid this lifestyle and the offspring it brings. Our interaction with such individuals must be that of correction and direction.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Our safeguard against foolishness taking root in our lives is found in our desire for knowledge of God’s word. It is a truthful statement that knowledge alone does not save, nor protect us, but without knowledge we are fools, we are condemned.
This verse gives to us an even more basic, rudimentary element in our avoidance of foolishness – fear, more specifically, the fear of the Lord. This is the opposite of pride and arrogance in oneself. If we remove our self as king, as captain and in awe of the power and majesty of the Lord place Him as paramount, knowledge will then become a natural outpouring of the amazement we realize is only found in God. Knowledge, as it takes root in our lives, by necessity, brings forth obedience.